History Series / ThePriceIsRight

9th Oct '17 8:13:33 AM Lirodon
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*** Then there's the "I'm the biggest idiot on the face of the Earth" bids of five digits. While bids over $9,999 were originally non-displayable due to the primitive four-digit displays ("Eggcrate" from September 1972 to August 1975, and the remodeled "Sportstype" versions used from then until September 2009), the new LCD monitors installed for Season 38 (which emulate the appearance of the previous ones) can easily display bids higher than said amount. Now, will there ever be a day where a bid over $10,000 will actually make sense? [[note]](One of the gags on the 2011 April Fool's show had the displays flashing random 5-digit numbers, presumably their startup sequence; a common trait of electronic displays for many decades.)[[/note]] Of course, the new displays don't really help if someone bids '''$2,000,000'''.

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*** Then there's the "I'm the biggest idiot on the face of the Earth" bids of five digits. While bids over $9,999 were originally non-displayable due to the primitive four-digit displays ("Eggcrate" from September 1972 to August 1975, and the remodeled "Sportstype" versions used from then until September 2009), the new LCD monitors installed for Season 38 (which emulate the appearance of the previous ones) can easily display bids higher than said amount. Now, will there ever be a day where a bid over $10,000 will actually make sense? [[note]](One of [[spoiler:Yes, there was. October 9, 2017 saw a ''car'' be offered as a One Bid prize. Given that it was the gags on the 2011 April Fool's show had the displays flashing random 5-digit numbers, presumably their startup sequence; a common trait first day of electronic displays for many decades.)[[/note]] Dream Car Week.]] Of course, the new displays don't really help if someone bids '''$2,000,000'''.
1st Oct '17 10:35:55 PM loyalmoonie
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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: The reason Holly was booted out of the show...but thanks to contractual tricks, she didn't make that much money anyways
* [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight Screw The Advice, I'm Doing What's Right]]: Holly Hallstrom's wrongful termination lawsuit against Barker destroyed her modeling career, bankrupted her and even made her temporarily homeless. When asked why she more or less willingly ruined her own life to go after Barker, she explained that she wanted to bring him to justice for the horrible way he treated the models and backstage staff, and avenge all the other staff Barker had mistreated; since she was unmarried and childless, she felt she was the most capable of staring Barker down in the courtroom. She eventually got a multimillion dollar settlement.

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* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: The reason Holly was booted out of the show...but thanks to contractual tricks, she didn't make that much money anyways
* [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight Screw The Advice, I'm Doing What's Right]]: Holly Hallstrom's wrongful termination lawsuit against Barker destroyed her modeling career, bankrupted her and even made her temporarily homeless. When asked why she more or less willingly ruined her own life to go after Barker, she explained that she wanted to bring him to justice for the horrible way he treated the models and backstage staff, and avenge all the other staff Barker had mistreated; since she was unmarried and childless, she felt she was the most capable of staring Barker down in the courtroom. She eventually got a multimillion dollar settlement.
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26th Sep '17 12:46:59 PM Lirodon
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** The refresh of Double Prices introduced in Season 46 heavilly incorporates the stylized dollar sign from the Barker era's Big Wheel.
25th Sep '17 8:44:33 PM Lirodon
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** For 2014, they pulled the old switcheroo: Drew Carey fulfilled his [[{{Foreshadowing}} 5-year old prophecy]] and hosted ''Series/TheLateLateShow'', with George Gray as sidekick. Meanwhile on ''Price'', Craig Ferguson hosted, ''Late Late Show'' announcer Shadoe Stevens replaced George Gray, and Ferguson's sidekicks Geoff Peterson and Secretariat the horse were the models.

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** For 2014, they pulled the old switcheroo: Drew Carey fulfilled his [[{{Foreshadowing}} 5-year old prophecy]] and hosted ''Series/TheLateLateShow'', ''Series/TheLateLateShowWithCraigFerguson'', with George Gray as sidekick. Meanwhile on ''Price'', Craig Ferguson hosted, ''Late Late Show'' announcer Shadoe Stevens replaced George Gray, and Ferguson's sidekicks Geoff Peterson and Secretariat the horse were the models.
25th Sep '17 8:40:14 PM Lirodon
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* AprilFoolsDay: Several times, the show has held April Fools' Day showcases that begin with gag prizes, but then become a high-value prize such as a luxury or sports car after the contestant is let off the hook;
** The most notable April Fools' Showcase in the Barker era (aside from 1975, in which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVSEuB9tvJI every prize got destroyed]], and 1999, which consisted entirely of toy cars... then three ''real'' Chevrolet Metros) was a "Bicentennial Salute" (a semi-regular Showcase theme that year) to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLxzZuqeiYU Dr. John Barrett Clapinger]], featuring such prizes as his books "The Clapinger Report" and "I'm OK and I Don't Give a Flying Fig Who You Are", a boring trip to Flushing, New York, a case of Athlete's Foot, and an autographed leg cast. The Showcase is then interrupted by two women claiming to be his wife, followed by an appearance by Clapinger himself (played by Roger Dobkowitz), who was thought to have disappeared, and then fled again after getting the women caught in the turntable. The real prize ended up being a Cadillac Eldorado.
** 2008's gag showcase suffered from a case of TechnoBabble overload, featuring prizes such as a Stato-Intellicator (which delicates stordoite cylinders, organizes acetylcolene, and can be used as a gelatin mold), a Trans-Rebounder, and a trip to Boguslovania on OCD Air ("the airline which gets you there on time, even though it's not the cleanest"), until it was revealed that the actual prize was a Corvette.
** Drew took the festivities even further beginning in Season 37 by filling the show with gags throughout. For 2009, the April Fool's Day episode (from the [[MythologyGag Bill Cullen Studio]]) had everyone wearing Groucho Marx glasses, Drew being introduced as the host of ''Series/TheLateLateShowWithCraigFerguson'', [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Mimi Bobeck]] as a model, various inappropriate displays for prizes (such as a living room set displayed in a forest) and other miscellaneous inconsistencies, the Wheel playing different sounds each time instead of beeps (including the Cliff Hangers music, which even ''[[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand slowed down with the wheel]]''), music from ''Series/MatchGame'' being used as ThinkMusic for Cover Up, the second Showcase performed facing away from the audience, and the ''Match Game'' theme playing over the credits.
** For 2010, Mimi became the show's new executive producer. Among other things, she had the pages write "Pat" on everyone's nametags so Drew wouldn't have to remember everyone's name, demoted the models to stagehands and replaced them with an odd collection of men, became One Away's "almighty sound effects lady" (complete with a steering wheel on her desk), and had Rich Fields replaced by a monkey. Additionally, Plinko's prizes were all "as seen on TV" items, Pick-A-Pair's groceries were all holiday-related items, and both Showcases were exactly the same ... until the contestants were let off the hook and a Mini Cooper was added to the second one.

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* AprilFoolsDay: Several times, the show has held April Fools' Day showcases that begin with gag prizes, but then become a high-value prize such as a luxury or sports car CoolCar after the contestant is let off the hook;
** The most notable April Fools' Showcase in the Barker era (aside from 1975, in which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVSEuB9tvJI every prize got destroyed]], and 1999, which consisted entirely of toy cars... then three ''real'' Chevrolet Metros) was a "Bicentennial Salute" (a semi-regular Showcase theme that year) to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLxzZuqeiYU Dr. John Barrett Clapinger]], featuring such prizes as his books "The Clapinger Report" and "I'm OK and I Don't Give a Flying Fig Who You Are", a boring trip to Flushing, New York, a case of Athlete's Foot, and an autographed leg cast. The Showcase is then interrupted by two women claiming to be his wife, followed by an appearance by Clapinger himself (played by Roger Dobkowitz), who was thought to have disappeared, and then fled again after getting the women caught in the turntable. The real prize ended up being was a Cadillac Eldorado.
** 2008's gag showcase suffered from a case of TechnoBabble overload, featuring prizes such as a Stato-Intellicator (which delicates stordoite cylinders, organizes acetylcolene, and can be used as a gelatin mold), a Trans-Rebounder, and a trip to Boguslovania on OCD Air ("the airline which gets you there on time, even though it's not the cleanest"), until it was revealed that the actual cleanest"). The real prize was a Corvette.
** Drew took the festivities even further beginning in Season 37 37, by filling the show with gags throughout. For 2009, the April Fool's Day episode (from the [[MythologyGag Bill Cullen Studio]]) had everyone wearing Groucho Marx glasses, Drew being introduced as the host of ''Series/TheLateLateShowWithCraigFerguson'', [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Mimi Bobeck]] as a model, various inappropriate displays for prizes (such as a living room set displayed in a forest) and other miscellaneous inconsistencies, the Wheel playing different sounds each time instead of beeps (including the Cliff Hangers music, which even ''[[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand slowed down with the wheel]]''), music from wheel]]), the ''Series/MatchGame'' being used as ThinkMusic for on Cover Up, the second Showcase performed facing away from the audience, and the ''Match Game'' theme playing over the credits.
** For 2010, Mimi became the show's new executive producer.producer, setting up an office on the turntable. Among other things, she had the pages write "Pat" on everyone's nametags so Drew wouldn't have to remember everyone's name, demoted the models to stagehands and replaced them with an odd collection of men, became One Away's "almighty sound effects lady" (complete with a steering wheel on her desk), and had Rich Fields replaced by a monkey. Additionally, Plinko's prizes were all "as seen on TV" items, Pick-A-Pair's groceries were all holiday-related items, and both Showcases were exactly the same ... until the contestants were let off the hook and a Mini Cooper was added to the second one.
25th Sep '17 8:35:10 PM Lirodon
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* OverlyLongGag: April 1, 2011. [[spoiler:Drew turns the website ticket plug into one with extremely-detailed instructions. It carries over into an interstitial break two minutes later, where he ''finally'' finishes; the whole time, the crew is putting away the Big Wheel and rolling in Balance Game behind him.]]

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* OverlyLongGag: April 1, 2011. [[spoiler:Drew Drew turns the website ticket plug into one with extremely-detailed instructions. instructions on how to get to the show's website. It carries over into an interstitial break two minutes later, where he ''finally'' finishes; the whole time, the crew is seen putting away the Big Wheel and rolling in Balance Game behind him.]]
25th Sep '17 8:33:29 PM Lirodon
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** There are also a few physical variations of this practice too, often used to reveal games and prizes, such as the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin giant price tag]]", and the "Race Game curtain" used to reveal larger sets, such as its namesake and Plinko.

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** There are also a few physical variations of this practice too, often used to reveal games and prizes, such as the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin giant price tag]]", and the "Race Game curtain" typically used to reveal larger sets, such as its namesake namesake, Plinko, and Plinko.Big Wheel (occasionally seen on-air during the preceding sponsor plug).
21st Sep '17 10:18:14 AM fruitstripegum
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* CommutingOnABus: The now-retired Phone Home Game took an annual hiatus from early November until late January due to the "Christmas Memories"-themed Home Viewer Showcase taking place during those months.



* CommutingOnABus: The now-retired Phone Home Game took an annual hiatus from early November until late January due to the "Christmas Memories"-themed Home Viewer Showcase taking place during those months.
14th Sep '17 11:48:15 PM Lirodon
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** January 15, 2015: George Gray tries to read the prize copy while running backwards on a treadmill. It didn't work, but he still kept going.

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** January 15, 2015: During Most Expensive, George Gray tries tried to read the prize copy while for a treadmill whilst running backwards on a treadmill.it. It didn't work, but he still kept going.
26th Aug '17 10:18:10 PM Lirodon
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** In 2015, the announcer tried to read the prize copy while running backwards on a treadmill in one game. It didn't work, but he still kept going.
** May 5, 2015: 1 Right Price is played and won by a woman bound to a wheelchair. One of the prizes was ''a treadmill''.

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** In 2015, the announcer tried January 15, 2015: George Gray tries to read the prize copy while running backwards on a treadmill in one game. treadmill. It didn't work, but he still kept going.
** May 5, 2015: 1 Right Price is played and won by a woman bound to a wheelchair. One of the prizes was ''a treadmill''.
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