History Series / WheelOfFortune

17th Jan '17 9:34:28 PM KoopaKid17
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* PercussiveMaintenance: On an episode shortly after the touch-based puzzle board was introduced, one of the monitors malfunctioned. Vanna had to resort to hitting the board with her first before it finally cooperated.

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* PercussiveMaintenance: On an episode shortly after the touch-based puzzle board was introduced, one of the monitors malfunctioned. Vanna had to resort to hitting the board with her first fist before it finally cooperated.
16th Jan '17 10:16:47 AM KoopaKid17
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* PercussiveMaintenance: On an episode shortly after the touch-based puzzle board was introduced, one of the monitors malfunctioned. Vanna had to resort to hitting the board with her first before it finally cooperated.



* PercussiveMaintenance: On an episode shortly after the touch-based puzzle board was introduced, one of the monitors malfunctioned. Vanna had to resort to hitting the board with her first before it finally cooperated.
16th Jan '17 10:16:15 AM KoopaKid17
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* PercussiveMaintenance: On an episode shortly after the touch-based puzzle board was introduced, one of the monitors malfunctioned. Vanna had to resort to hitting the board with her first before it finally cooperated.
15th Jan '17 2:18:00 PM Gimere
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** In the shopping era, contestants could pick from any of the remaining prizes in the bonus round, but almost always chose cars. After shopping ended on nighttime in October 1987, contestants were given the choice of five prizes in the bonus round ($25,000 cash, a car, and three other prizes that rotated weekly), but almost everyone went with the cash. Beginning in September 1989, the bonus prize selection was changed to a random draw from five envelopes spelling out W-H-E-E-L. If a prize was won, it was taken out of rotation for the rest of the week [[note]](except for the $25,000 in Seasons 16-18; for the first few weeks of Season 19, all five envelopes were in play all week)[[/note]]. The envelopes were ousted in November 2001 for a 24-space bonus Wheel, in which the top amount is $100,000 ($1,000,000 if the contestant in the bonus round lands on and keeps the million-dollar wedge during the game.)

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** In the shopping era, contestants could pick from any of the remaining prizes in the bonus round, but almost always chose cars. After shopping ended on nighttime in October 1987, contestants were given the choice of five prizes in the bonus round ($25,000 cash, a car, and three other prizes that rotated weekly), but almost everyone went with the cash. Beginning in September 1989, the bonus prize selection was changed to a random draw from five envelopes spelling out W-H-E-E-L. If a prize was won, it was taken out of rotation for the rest of the week [[note]](except for the $25,000 in Seasons 16-18; for the first few weeks of Season 19, all five envelopes were in play all week)[[/note]]. The envelopes were ousted in November 2001 for a 24-space bonus Wheel, in which the top amount is $100,000 ($1,000,000 (or $1,000,000 if the contestant in who made it to the bonus round lands on and keeps the million-dollar wedge during the game.)



*** Husband & Wife also guarantees the word AND. It, too, has relapsed into spelling out AND for reasons unknown. This is also true for Family, Proper Names, and many Characters puzzles.
*** Song/Artist and Title/Author lend themselves to this, guaranteeing BY in every puzzle, or _____'S if reversed.

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*** Husband & Wife also guarantees the word AND. It, too, AND, and it has also relapsed into spelling out AND the word for reasons unknown. This is also true for Family, Proper Names, and many Characters puzzles.
*** Song/Artist and Title/Author lend themselves to this, guaranteeing either BY in every puzzle, or _____'S if reversed.in each puzzle.



** Used during the Shopping era: "Be careful not to hit Bankrupt because if you do, you lose your cash but not your merchandise because once you buy a prize, it's yours to keep."
** Still used in Speed-Up rounds: "[That sound means time is running out.] I'll give the Wheel a final spin. I'll ask you to give me a letter and if it's in the puzzle, you'll have three seconds (five until 1999) to solve it. Vowels worth nothing, consonants worth -- (beginning in October 1999) we'll add a thousand to that, $[dollar amount] apiece. Again, [Category Title] is the category for this round. [Contestant], it's still your turn; a letter."

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** Used during From the Shopping era: "Be careful not to hit Bankrupt because if you do, you lose your cash but not your merchandise because once you buy a prize, it's yours to keep."
** Still used in Before Speed-Up rounds: "[That sound means time is running out.] I'll give the Wheel a final spin. I'll ask you to give me a letter and if it's in the puzzle, you'll have three seconds (five until 1999) to solve it. Vowels worth nothing, consonants worth -- (beginning in October 1999) we'll add a thousand to that, $[dollar amount] apiece. Again, [Category Title] is the category for this round. [Contestant], it's still your turn; a letter."



* UndesirablePrize: Arguably every shopping-era prize that wasn't a car, all-expenses-paid vacation trip or possibly [[PrettyInMink fur coat]], but everyone remembers the $154 ceramic Dalmatian. The late 80s-early 90s also had some real stinkers in the Bonus Round, such as a build-your-own log cabin kit, a silver tea serving set, even historical documents signed by UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. Arguably, the gift tags could also fall under this, particularly if it's a $1,000 gift card for UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}}.
** Ironically, when [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] was on the show, the ceramic dalmatian was the ''first'' thing he bought.

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* UndesirablePrize: Arguably every shopping-era prize that wasn't a car, all-expenses-paid vacation trip or possibly [[PrettyInMink fur coat]], coat]] could count, but everyone remembers the $154 ceramic Dalmatian. The late 80s-early 90s also had some real stinkers in the Bonus Round, such as a build-your-own log cabin kit, a silver tea serving set, even historical documents signed by UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. Arguably, the gift tags could also fall under this, particularly if it's a $1,000 gift card for UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}}.
** Ironically,
UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}}. [[note]]Ironically, when [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] was on the show, the ceramic dalmatian was the ''first'' thing he bought.[[/note]]



** 2008: Pat revealed that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYvYtft5EmQ he was actually bald.]] Vanna's reaction was priceless. [[spoiler:It was a real wig on a bald wig.]]

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** 2008: Pat revealed "revealed" that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYvYtft5EmQ he was actually bald.]] Vanna's reaction was priceless. [[spoiler:It was a real wig on a bald wig.]]



** A subversion took place on the Season 13 premiere. A contestant loses the $10,000-wedge to Bankrupt but makes it to the Bonus Round...where he wins the $25,000.

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** A subversion took place on the Season 13 premiere. A contestant loses the $10,000-wedge to Bankrupt but makes it to the Bonus Round...Round, where he wins the $25,000.



** The week of March 17, 2008 was sponsored by QVC, with {{Enforced Plug}}s all over the place. Notably, the Prize wedge was a $5,000 shopping spree for QVC merchandise, and any BonusRound win would have awarded the contestant $10,000 in QVC credit on their birthday. However, this backfired horribly, as nobody won the bonus round that week...

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** The week of March 17, 2008 was sponsored by QVC, with {{Enforced Plug}}s all over the place. Notably, the Prize wedge was a $5,000 shopping spree for QVC merchandise, and any BonusRound win would have awarded the contestant $10,000 in QVC credit on their birthday. However, this backfired horribly, as nobody won the bonus round that week...week.



** December 12, 2013: One for the post-production staff. When the show airs, the "only vowels remain" beeps appear to sound in the Speed-Up. However, no such notification is given in the studio, so two of the teams continue to call consonants! Doesn't quite look good on TV.

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** December 12, 2013: One for the post-production staff. When the show airs, the "only vowels remain" beeps appear to sound in the Speed-Up. However, no such notification is was given in the studio, so two of the teams continue continued to call consonants! Doesn't quite look good on TV.
2nd Jan '17 5:59:24 PM Twentington
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** On November 10, 2015, a contestant intentionally called obviously wrong letters like Q, or got buzzed out, every time the Speed-Up got around to her. The going theory is that she was deliberately calling wrong letters either to avoid giving information to her opponents that could help them solve the puzzle (which still didn't work), or that she was being generous and throwing the round so that they could rack up some money (which ''could'' have backfired, as the Final Spin was enough that one of them could've overtaken her).

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** On November 10, 2015, a contestant intentionally called obviously wrong letters like Q, or got buzzed out, every time the Speed-Up got around to her. The going theory is that she was deliberately calling wrong letters either to avoid giving information to her opponents that could help them solve the puzzle (which still pretty much didn't work), work -- one of them solved anyway, though she still won), or that she was being generous and throwing the round so that they could rack up some money (which ''could'' have backfired, as the Final Spin was enough that one of them could've overtaken her).
29th Dec '16 11:15:23 AM RAS310
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** Jump cuts are also present if Pat hits something other than a dollar amount on the Final Spin, or if three consecutive wrong letters are called in the Speed-Up.

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** Jump cuts are also present if Pat hits something other than a dollar amount on the Final Spin, or if three (or six) consecutive wrong letters are called in the Speed-Up.



** The show inadvertently revealed the fact they use laugh tracks when they uploaded a closing segment on their official YouTube channel. The segment involved Pat trying to reveal a letter on the puzzle board to no avail. When the episode aired on TV, raucous laughter was heard as Pat tried to reveal the letter, but the version on YouTube was the segment exactly as it was recorded in the studio, which had no laughter at all.

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** In the 80's, the famous "Look at this studio!" intro was filled with canned reactions to the prizes. One of the most noticeable ones was the sound of men shouting "Yeah!" and "Ow!".
** In the early-to-mid 90's, an "Oooh..." would often sound when the top dollar or prize wedges would whiz by in the overhead shot, even if the Wheel stopped several wedges past.
** In the aforementioned "AT MY WIT'S END" Bonus Round, the "audience" groaned loudly in sync with the buzzer even as the contestant solved.
** Canned audience sounds are becoming more prevalent in TheNewTens with the occasional delayed gasps when a contestant just misses a Bankrupt, or "ooh"s if someone hits the Million Dollar Wedge.
** The show inadvertently revealed the fact they use laugh tracks when they uploaded a show's social media pages will sometimes upload clips of closing segment segments. These usually do not contain the extra laughter and applause sounds added in when the episode is shown on their official YouTube channel. The TV. One segment involved Pat trying to reveal a letter on the puzzle board to no avail. When the episode it aired on TV, raucous laughter was heard as Pat tried to reveal the letter, but the version clip on the show's YouTube channel was the segment exactly as it was recorded in the studio, which had no laughter at all.


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** From Seasons 18-24, if one looked closely at the Wheel during the wide shot before the pre-Rounnd 4 Toss-Up, if the Wheel had only one Bankruupt wedge, this would foreshadow that Round 4 would start with the Final Spin, meaning that Pat has one less invalid wedge to land on. If the second Bankrupt wedge was present, the round would start with regular play. After this period, the second Bankrupt was now always removed, only for it to be changed to always present starting in Season 27.
7th Dec '16 4:25:25 PM tadaru
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*** ''Shopper's Bazaar'' also did not reveal the category of the puzzle to all the contestants. Another special wedge was "Your Own Clue", which revealed the category to a contestant that landed on it.

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*** ''Shopper's Bazaar'' also did not reveal the specific category of the puzzle (of which there were only three, Person, Place, and Thing) to all of the the contestants. Another special wedge was "Your Own Clue", which revealed the category to a contestant that if they landed on it.
7th Dec '16 4:22:52 PM tadaru
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*** ''Shopper's Bazaar'' had even more special wedges that were abandoned even before the 1974 pilots (Free Vowel and Your Own Clue [which revealed the category of the puzzle; originally it was not given]) as well as '''$0''' spaces.

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*** ''Shopper's Bazaar'' had even more special wedges that were abandoned even before the 1974 pilots (Free pilots, like Free Vowel and Your Own Clue [which revealed the category of the puzzle; originally it was not given]) as well as '''$0''' spaces.wedges.
*** ''Shopper's Bazaar'' also did not reveal the category of the puzzle to all the contestants. Another special wedge was "Your Own Clue", which revealed the category to a contestant that landed on it.
6th Dec '16 3:17:15 PM RAS310
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** Jokingly averted by Pat on the Season 29 premiere, where he quipped that to keep up with the times, "Every puzzle will include the word 'Kardashian'." Ironically, said name still has yet to appear in any puzzle.
25th Nov '16 11:10:15 AM Gimere
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** Since the show tapes in a very OutOfOrder fashion, Charlie ended up announcing 40 episodes that didn't air until after his death. ''Wheel'' dubbed him over with different announcers and edited out or dubbed over any direct references to him. The official reason was that "it was a tough decision, but it would have been too sad to hear Charlie's voice so close to his death". Fans were...not amused.

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** Since the show tapes in a very OutOfOrder out-of-order fashion, Charlie ended up announcing 40 episodes that didn't air until after his death. ''Wheel'' dubbed him over with different announcers and edited out or dubbed over any direct references to him. The official reason was that "it was a tough decision, but it would have been too sad to hear Charlie's voice so close to his death". Fans were...not amused.
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