Since September 4, 1972, "The Price Is Right" has been delighting American audiences on CBS. The popular game show, previously hosted by Bob Barker, is now lead by host Drew Carey. With popular games like Plinko, and prizes like vacations and cars, the show is thriving in 2018. We got a behind the scenes look at how the show is made today.
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How ‘The Price Is Right’ Is Made
In the interest of accuracy, "The Price Is Right" actually premiered on NBC in 1956. It moved to ABC in 1963. Yes, the current version premiered on CBS in 1972, but let's not forget Bill Cullen, who hosted the original!
This is where Don Fransico in his Sabado Gigante run beats this show. He would have anyone on the games regarless of how exciting or melow they were. In fact, some of the most memorable contestants of all times where those that had just won a big prize like a 'brand new car', thousands of dollars, but would show no emotion, be too shy or would emotionally freeze and be speechless. I grew up watching the Price is Right but eventually, the cookie cutter contestants became too repetitive. I do miss Bob Barker hosting it though.
He needs to shave that weak sad little thing off his face. Has nobody told him it looks terrible?? Also, Must be nice to make 9 million a year working just 20 hours a week on a show he didn’t create and didn’t even change 1 thing
The easiest was to be a contestant on the show is to be black. Of the 9 players each day, 3 are black, out of maybe 20 blacks in the audience! Only 6 white players are picked out of the remaining 250 or so white audience members. It's actually a racist show in that regard.
Funny how they didn't mention that you have to pay taxes on the prizes before you actually get them. If you don't pay the taxes, then the items are held in the storage for xxx # of days and then sold off. This really sucks for those contestants who prizes total over $100k. Good luck paying those taxes. 😳
Bob telling Drew to not act like or be like him was the best piece of sage advice ever given. But luckily, he does act like Barker, when it comes to the spay-neuter plug at the end of each show, so that's rewarding. The day they both met, Drew told him that he was going to keep using that plug as long as he was the host and Bob never had to ask him! They've been firm friends ever since, and I find that rewarding too. God bless them both.
I'm interested on how they change the prices on the games. How it will be placed. "Commericals" at home but in reality of the show. Also what happens to the prizes if the player loses on the pricing game? Do they go back to the warehouse or give it away to others?
The prizes are basically props. In most cases the winner doesn't get *that* sofa, dinette set or even car. They get a voucher and store closest to the winner will deliver the item off their floor corresponding to their winnings, or in the case of a car, they will pick up the model they won from the nearest dealership.
I stopped caring when I learned the contestant choice wasn't random, its totally rigged. the Contestant search people go out in the que and look for people with the most interesting stories. those are the ones they pick. you don't just go into the audience and hope your name is called. that's why everyone wears a name tag. to make it look like the contestant doesn't know they will be called, they already know they will be called, its just a matter of timing. Another thing I don't like is when someone wins a double showcase drew goes "DOUBLE SHOWCASE WINNER, DOUBLE SHOWCASE WINNER". I liked when Bob said "you win both showcases." In the 70s they probably recorded the shows only a week in advance. Now they record say the Christmas episode in the middle of July.
Basically to get on the show, you have to act like a maniac, pass through rounds of interviews and wait in line for hours. Also, don't forget the taxes you'll have to pay for your prizes if you do win.
+Aleksandr Rozentsvit I remember reading somewhere once that they do the "from LA" thing just to have the price of the trip, but if you win you can actually fly from wherever you live. (Not counting the sometimes very local trips they have, like a trip to Santa Monica, which are provided via a car service)
I wonder for the trips; all of the trips departs from LA. But what if you from NYC and you won a trip to Vermont. Meaning the flight ticket is null and void? Or saying flying to DC while NYC to DC is 4 hours away and no point to fly to LA and back.
+EoRdE6 Still though, if you do win a substantial amount of cash more than a couple of grand even with taxes deducted you still come away with a decent haul. If i were to be on the show someday that would be more preferable to winning a bunch of prizes that i wouldn't be able to afford the taxes on (i.e. a new car) then have to decline them and walk away with nothing.
That's the downside of winning expensive prizes on game shows, personally i would rather play one of the games that offers a large amount of money (Punch a Bunch, Plinko.etc) where there is the chance for you to come out big in the winnings even after taxes.
Can you believe if you won over $100K worth of prizes and then the taxes adds up. Also I wonder if the player can turn down the prize such as a sailboat which is absurd for those whom lives in middle of nowhere. Do they turn down after taping finishes on the spot or can give some time to decide to decline the prize.
That''s why if i were to ever get on Wheel of Fortune or another game show, i would want to win a large sum of cash over something like a car. Say like the grand prize of $100,000/$1,000,000 on Wheel as even with the tax deductions you still have a decent chunk of change to last you a good long while.
Agreed. I have few questions that needed to be answered: 1) What happens if the player loses on the pricing game? Do the prize go back to warehouse or given away to other people? 2) What about the trip prizes? Example if I am from NYC and won a trip to Boston (flight is from LA) meaning if I can omit the flight and ask to change the prize equalivant of plane ticket from NY to Boston and not from LA because it is pointless to fly to LA and then fly back east. 3)How do they change the prices in the games that would be interesting.
If that's the worst experience you've ever had, then you are very very lucky! I've broken three bones, had horrible dates, had to drop out of college, been in auto accidents, pissed off a hornet's nest, and other things I won't get into.
I've always had to wait until I was sick to watch Bob Barker on the show. However, I was only in elementary school when he was the host. By the time I started middle school, it was Drew Carey's turn to take the stage. Oh, those were indeed the days.
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