History Trivia / ThePriceIsRight

22nd Sep '16 8:30:56 PM Gimere
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* LongRunners: The CBS version has run nonstop since 1972, giving it the longest contiguous run by far for any American game show. It's also one of the longest-running game shows in the world. The nine years the original series ran was no small feat in itself, considering how critics considered it the end of civilization as we know it.
4th Sep '16 10:23:51 PM erforce
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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Safe Crackers originally used [[RealSongThemeTune the theme from]] ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' which required Mark Goodson Productions to pay royalties for the music. For this reason in 1992, the theme was dropped and replaced by a generic cue.

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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Safe Crackers originally used [[RealSongThemeTune the theme from]] ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' which required Mark Goodson Productions to pay royalties for the music. For this reason in 1992, the theme was dropped and replaced by a generic cue.
28th Aug '16 5:04:59 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** Dick Van Dyke turned down hosting the original the NBC version.

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** Dick Van Dyke turned down hosting the original the NBC version.
28th Aug '16 12:04:03 PM mlsmithca
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* LyingCreator: When Rod mysteriously stopped appearing on-camera in Season 31, some fans assumed that it owed to Rod's declining health, while Creator/FremantleMedia claimed that they had implemented a policy to keep all their game show announcers from being seen. However, this claim was promptly debunked when several substitutes appeared on-camera and Rich himself did the same...and by Season 37, Rich and his successors started getting as much face time as Rod did in the early days. It was further debunked in [[http://retroalitytv.blogspot.com/2009/10/remembering-rod-roddy-live-out-loud.html an interview]] given by Holly Halstrom, who remained friends with Rod even after she left the show the ''real'' reason Rod stopped appearing on-camera was arguments over salary between him and Bob.

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* LyingCreator: LyingCreator:
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When Rod mysteriously stopped appearing on-camera in Season 31, some fans assumed that it owed to Rod's declining health, while Creator/FremantleMedia claimed that they had implemented a policy to keep all their game show announcers from being seen. However, this claim was promptly debunked when several substitutes appeared on-camera and Rich himself did the same...and by Season 37, Rich and his successors started getting as much face time as Rod did in the early days. It was further debunked in [[http://retroalitytv.blogspot.com/2009/10/remembering-rod-roddy-live-out-loud.html an interview]] given by Holly Halstrom, who remained friends with Rod even after she left the show the ''real'' reason Rod stopped appearing on-camera was arguments over salary between him and Bob.



** Barker also said that he retired on his own terms, when he announced such a thing on October 31, 2006. However, some people believe that was just a smoke screen all this time. They suspect that the real reason was because CBS and Creator/FremantleMedia had grown disgusted with his backstage behavior. Furthering the suspicions of longtime viewers is the fact that earlier in 2006, he signed a contract to host the series for five more years...then, all of a sudden, he announced he was "retiring".
*** This sounds far less suspicious when you look at some of the episodes Barker taped right before he announced his retirement. In one of them [[note]](taped Oct. 23, 2006, aired Dec. 12, 2006)[[/note]] he asked to reveal the second number in Dice Game, forgetting it was already revealed. In another [[note]](taped Oct. 26, 2006, aired Dec. 15, 2006)[[/note]], Barker prematurely revealed the correct price in Cover Up, resulting in a technical win. He probably figured if he was going to make so many mistakes, it was time to hang it up.
* MilestoneCelebration: Every ''x'',000th episode features tons of big prizes and special decorations. Too bad every single one until #7,500 was celebrated at the wrong time.

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** Barker also said that he retired on his own terms, when he announced such a thing on October 31, 2006. However, some people believe that was just a smoke screen all this time. They suspect that the real reason was because CBS and Creator/FremantleMedia had grown disgusted with his backstage behavior. Furthering the suspicions of longtime viewers is the fact that earlier in 2006, he signed a contract to host the series for five more years...then, all of a sudden, he announced he was "retiring".
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"retiring". This sounds far less suspicious when you look at some of the episodes Barker taped right before he announced his retirement. In one of them [[note]](taped Oct. 23, 2006, aired Dec. 12, 2006)[[/note]] he asked to reveal the second number in Dice Game, forgetting it was already revealed. In another [[note]](taped Oct. 26, 2006, aired Dec. 15, 2006)[[/note]], Barker prematurely revealed the correct price in Cover Up, resulting in a technical win. He probably figured if he was going to make so many mistakes, it was time to hang it up.
* MilestoneCelebration: MilestoneCelebration:
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Every ''x'',000th episode features tons of big prizes and special decorations. Too bad every single one until #7,500 was celebrated at the wrong time.
28th Aug '16 12:01:42 PM mlsmithca
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** Dennis James. Despite spending the first five years alongside Barker, helping to cement the show's popularity among those who were not able to watch the daytime version, GSN never aired any of his nighttime run. The official reason, given by on-air host Laura Chambers, was that the network felt it pointless since less than 50 episodes did ''not'' contain a fur coat/stole; the real number, according to former ''Price'' staffer Scott Robinson in his findings from the show's archives about the 1972-80 nighttime version, is at most '''five'''! Ouch -- no wonder GSN didn't bother!
*** In 1997, a James-hosted episode aired (twice!) in tribute following his death, albeit a daytime one (originally aired December 25, 1974) where he was substituting for Barker.

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** Dennis James. Despite spending the first five years alongside Barker, helping to cement the show's popularity among those who were not able to watch the daytime version, GSN never aired any of his nighttime run. The official reason, given by on-air host Laura Chambers, was that the network felt it pointless since less than 50 episodes did ''not'' contain a fur coat/stole; the real number, according to former ''Price'' staffer Scott Robinson in his findings from the show's archives about the 1972-80 nighttime version, is at most '''five'''! Ouch -- no wonder GSN didn't bother!
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bother! In 1997, a James-hosted episode aired (twice!) in tribute following his death, albeit a daytime one (originally aired December 25, 1974) where he was substituting for Barker.



** Dennis James, to the point where Doug Davidson is better-known for hosting ''Price'' amongst those under the age of about 40 or so (excluding die-hard game show fans). There's something wrong when said under-40s will know the guy who did ''80'' episodes far more often than the guy who did ''200'', and it certainly doesn't help that about 40 episodes of Davidson's run circulate on video vs. exactly '''''nine''''' episodes of James' tenure.
*** And then in September 2012, the official [=YouTube=] account posted the aforementioned video of Pamela, making sure the world knew a little more about Dennis.

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** Dennis James, to the point where Doug Davidson is better-known for hosting ''Price'' amongst those under the age of about 40 or so (excluding die-hard game show fans). There's something wrong when said under-40s will know the guy who did ''80'' episodes far more often than the guy who did ''200'', and it certainly doesn't help that about 40 episodes of Davidson's run circulate on video vs. exactly '''''nine''''' '''nine''' episodes of James' tenure.
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tenure. And then in September 2012, the official [=YouTube=] account posted the aforementioned video of Pamela, making sure the world knew a little more about Dennis.



** The number display from Pathfinder was also originally used in the now-retired Add 'Em Up

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** The number display from Pathfinder was also originally used in the now-retired Add 'Em UpUp.



** November 11, 2013: When the first digit display on Dice Game was out of service, a number card from Cover Up was taped to it

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** November 11, 2013: When the first digit display on Dice Game was out of service, a number card from Cover Up was taped to itit.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The original ''Price'' on NBC was holding its own in daytime, but the nighttime sponsors were playing around too much with it in other timeslots. It flourished at 8:30 PM Eastern Wednesdays, then in 1961 was moved to Mondays at 8:30 PM. A year later, it was moved to 9:30 PM Mondays where ''The Andy Griffith Show'' clobbered it, then again at midseason to Fridays at 9:30 PM. NBC wanted to skew younger than ''Price'' sponsors wanted and optioned a sitcom called ''Harry's Girls'', but ABC [[NetworkToTheRescue stepped in]] and offered more for ''Price'' than NBC was willing to pony up.

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The original ''Price'' on NBC was holding its own in daytime, but the nighttime sponsors were playing around too much with it in other timeslots. It flourished at 8:30 PM Eastern Wednesdays, then in 1961 was moved to Mondays at 8:30 PM. A year later, it was moved to 9:30 PM Mondays where ''The Andy Griffith Show'' clobbered it, then again at midseason to Fridays at 9:30 PM. NBC wanted to skew younger than ''Price'' sponsors wanted and optioned a sitcom called ''Harry's Girls'', but ABC [[NetworkToTheRescue stepped in]] and offered more for ''Price'' than NBC was willing to pony up.



*** After a very long hiatus, Card Game returned, with a new computerized design and smaller set that could be played in front of Contestant's Row.

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*** ** After a very long hiatus, Card Game returned, with a new computerized design and smaller set that could be played in front of Contestant's Row.



** Bill Cullen stated in a January 23, 1972 [[http://userdata.acd.net/ottinger/cullen/more/article12.jpg interview]] that he was in negotiations with Goodson-Todman to do the ''New'' show in syndication and "We've hit a snag ... the price, so far, hasn't been right for me." While his polio would've made it all but impossible for him to helm a show where the host is required to move around a lot, keep in mind that nothing had really been ironed out about the format at this point. Also noted is that Bill was in New York City at the time as a regular panelist on ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' and host of ''Series/ThreeOnAMatch''.
*** Of note, Bill was to have guest-hosted ''Series/TheTonightShow'' during the week of July 22, 1963. A dispute between Frigidaire (''Price'' sponsor) and Hotpoint (''Tonight'' sponsor) scuttled the appearance. Arlene Francis filled in for Johnny Carson that week.

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** Bill Cullen stated in a January 23, 1972 [[http://userdata.acd.net/ottinger/cullen/more/article12.jpg interview]] that he was in negotiations with Goodson-Todman to do the ''New'' show in syndication and "We've hit a snag ... the price, so far, hasn't been right for me." While his polio would've made it all but impossible for him to helm a show where the host is required to move around a lot, keep in mind that nothing had really been ironed out about the format at this point. Also noted is that Bill was in New York City at the time as a regular panelist on ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' and host of ''Series/ThreeOnAMatch''.
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''Series/ThreeOnAMatch''.[[note]] On a similar note, Bill was to have guest-hosted ''Series/TheTonightShow'' during the week of July 22, 1963. A dispute between Frigidaire (''Price'' sponsor) and Hotpoint (''Tonight'' sponsor) scuttled the appearance. Arlene Francis filled in for Johnny Carson that week.[[/note]]



** The extensive list of those who auditioned to replace Bob Barker in 2007 included Doug Davidson (1994 nighttime version), George Hamilton (actor & 1998 ''Series/MatchGame'' panelist), Todd Newton (''[[Series/{{Whammy}} Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck]]'', ''Series/FamilyGameNight''), John O'Hurley (''Series/FamilyFeud'', ''Series/ToTellTheTruth''), Dave Price (''The Early Show''), Marco Antonio Regil (host of the Mexican version), Mike Richards (''Series/BeautyAndTheGeek'' & ''TPIR''[='s=] future executive producer), Mark Steines (''Series/EntertainmentTonight''), Marc Summers (''[[DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'', ''[[Series/WhatWouldYouDoNickelodeon What Would You Do]]''), Mark L. Walberg (''Series/ShopTilYouDrop'', ''Free 4 All'', ''Series/RussianRoulette''), and Ian Ziering (''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' and ex-husband of former TPIR model Nikki Ziering). Many online fans campaigned for Newton, Roger Dobkowitz pushed for Walberg, and CBS (after originally eyeing Price) were rumored to have preferred Steines, but Drew Carey eventually came onto the radar and got the gig after his hosting of CBS' short-lived primetime game show ''Power of 10'' attracted positive attention (though he at first turned down the offer).

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** The extensive list of those who auditioned to replace Bob Barker in 2007 included Doug Davidson (1994 nighttime version), George Hamilton (actor & and 1998 ''Series/MatchGame'' panelist), Todd Newton (''[[Series/{{Whammy}} Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck]]'', ''Series/FamilyGameNight''), John O'Hurley (''Series/FamilyFeud'', ''Series/ToTellTheTruth''), Dave Price (''The Early Show''), Marco Antonio Regil (host of the Mexican version), Mike Richards (''Series/BeautyAndTheGeek'' & and ''TPIR''[='s=] future executive producer), Mark Steines (''Series/EntertainmentTonight''), Marc Summers (''[[DoubleDare1986 (''[[Series/DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]'', ''[[Series/WhatWouldYouDoNickelodeon What Would You Do]]''), Mark L. Walberg (''Series/ShopTilYouDrop'', ''Free 4 All'', ''Series/RussianRoulette''), and Ian Ziering (''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' and ex-husband of former TPIR model Nikki Ziering). Many online fans campaigned for Newton, Roger Dobkowitz pushed for Walberg, and CBS (after originally eyeing Price) were rumored to have preferred Steines, but Drew Carey eventually came onto the radar and got the gig after his hosting of CBS' short-lived primetime game show ''Power of 10'' attracted positive attention (though he at first turned down the offer).



* WrittenInInfirmity: Drew had to make several accommodations for a stretch of Season 37 episodes due to foot surgery. Most notably, he spent several episodes walking with a cane, and had the models carry him out on a prize at the top of the show. They also handled some of the pricing game props that he normally would.
** And in Season 40, he spent several episodes in a sling after receiving shoulder surgery.

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* WrittenInInfirmity: WrittenInInfirmity:
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Drew had to make several accommodations for a stretch of Season 37 episodes due to foot surgery. Most notably, he spent several episodes walking with a cane, and had the models carry him out on a prize at the top of the show. They also handled some of the pricing game props that he normally would.
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would. In Season 40, he spent several episodes in a sling after receiving shoulder surgery.
28th Aug '16 11:55:54 AM KoopaKid17
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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Safe Crackers originally used [[RealSongThemeTune the theme from]] ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' which required Mark Goodson Productions to pay royalties for the music. For this reason in 1992, the theme was dropped and replaced by a generic cue.
20th Aug '16 1:23:36 PM Twentington
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** After Johnny Olson's death, Bob Hilton almost got the announcing job, but turned it down to host two unsold pilots. Although Hilton didn't announce any shows at all after 1991, it's entirely possible he could still be announcing the show today had he chosen it (instead of spending the next 10 years as a local TV anchorman and then retiring fairly young to sell cleaning products).
** Among the post-Rod substitutes, Barker almost hired Art Sanders (a news anchorman at KOMO Seattle) on the spot.

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** After Johnny Olson's death, Bob Hilton almost got the announcing job, but turned it down to host two unsold pilots. Although Hilton didn't announce any retired from game shows at all after 1991, it's entirely possible he could still be announcing the show today had he chosen it (instead of spending the next 10 years as a local TV anchorman and then retiring fairly young to sell cleaning products).
age of 48 in 1991; who knows how long he could've stayed in the biz had he gotten the nod?
** Supposedly, Creator/PhilHartman auditioned for the announcer's role after Johnny Olson died. Hartman's only turn as announcer was on the short-lived ''Pop 'N Rocker Game'' in 1983.
** Among the post-Rod substitutes, those who auditioned after Rod's death, Barker almost hired Art Sanders (a news anchorman at KOMO Seattle) on the spot.
15th Aug '16 7:40:08 PM KoopaKid17
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** Bill Cullen's tenure from 1956-65 is comparatively lesser-known than Barker's.



** And then in September 2012, the official [=YouTube=] account posted the aforementioned video of Pamela, making sure the world knew a little more about Dennis.

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** *** And then in September 2012, the official [=YouTube=] account posted the aforementioned video of Pamela, making sure the world knew a little more about Dennis.
30th Jul '16 12:17:37 PM nombretomado
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*** Similarly, Tom Bergeron (TheHollywoodSquares, DancingWithTheStars) claims in his autobiography that CBS offered him the job at one point, but he didn't want to relocate from his home base in the NYC metro area. CBS then discussed ''relocating the entire show to New York'' just for him, but he said he didn't want to uproot the show's longtime staff.

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*** Similarly, Tom Bergeron (TheHollywoodSquares, DancingWithTheStars) (''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'', ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'') claims in his autobiography that CBS offered him the job at one point, but he didn't want to relocate from his home base in the NYC metro area. CBS then discussed ''relocating the entire show to New York'' just for him, but he said he didn't want to uproot the show's longtime staff.
26th May '16 11:50:03 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** Many episodes of the Cullen run, including most of the daytime version, were wiped per standard network practices of the time.
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