History Trivia / ThePriceIsRight

1st May '16 8:23:49 PM KoopaKid17
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** Dick Van Dyke tried out for the original the NBC version.

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** Dick Van Dyke tried out for turned down hosting the original the NBC version.
25th Apr '16 5:03:02 PM KoopaKid17
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** Dick Van Dyke tried out for the original the NBC version.
23rd Apr '16 5:12:34 AM Viira
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* HeyItsThatGuy: All six hosts were known for something big prior to ''Price'':
** Creator/BillCullen was famous as a panelist on ''Series/IveGotASecret'' and host of his daily radio show ''Pulse'' (and had hosted a variety of game shows prior to ''Price'').
** Bob Barker was famous for hosting ''Series/TruthOrConsequences''; for viewers of KNXT in California, he was the producer of the 1969-71 game show ''Lucky Pair'' — the show which gave [[Series/TreasureHuntUS Geoff Edwards]] and [[Series/FamilyFeud Richard Dawson]] their first hosting assignments.
** Dennis James had done a plethora of work in TV, most notably the four-year syndicated hit ''PDQ'' (1965-69) and the 1950s hit ''Chance of a Lifetime''. Creator/{{GSN}} viewers will likely associate him with his six-month stint on ''Series/TheNamesTheSame'', which the network last reran in 2008.
** Tom Kennedy hosted ''Series/NameThatTune'' from 1974 to 1981, with his first few months on ''The Price Is Right'' overlapping with the last few of a daytime ''Tune'' hosted by James on NBC. James was pulling double duty on ''Price'', which during his tenure was airing mostly on NBC stations.
** Doug Davidson was (and still is) famous for his work on ''The Young and the Restless''.
** Drew Carey was famous for [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow his self-titled sitcom]] and the American edition of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.
** Some contestants are famous as well. Besides those mentioned on RetroactiveRecognition, [[http://www.youtube.com/user/ijustine iJustine]] was a contestant at one point, as was Andrew Copeland of the rock band Sister Hazel, and Adam Dutkiewicz of Music/KillswitchEngage.
*** Not to mention Jesse Pinkman himself, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf7YF8DAwjk Aaron Paul]], back when he was using his original surname Sturtevant.
*** Professional wrestler Ox Baker was a contestant in 1981 - under his given name, Douglas.
*** Series/{{Survivor}} contestants [[Characters/SurvivorPearlIslands Tijuana Bradley]] and [[Characters/SurvivorFiji Rita Verreos]] competed on the Price is right. Tijuana competed on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClTPHn3wwKU December 20, 2006]] while Rita played on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgVVOpzygOI May 9th, 2009]]



* HeyItsThatVoice: Again, the announcers were well-known before ''Price''.
** Don Pardo was an NBC announcer for several years before ''Price'', and later announced on Art Fleming's ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''. Don would make ''Price'' come a virtual full circle when he did a prize description for the Cliff Hangers game during a special week of game show salutes on ''The Today Show'' in 2002.
** Johnny Gilbert hosted ''Music Bingo'' in 1958, and has been announcing Alex Trebek's ''Jeopardy!'' since its 1984 return.
** The 1956-65 era also had several substitute announcers, the most famous of whom is Jack Clark (''Series/{{Password}}'', ''Series/WheelOfFortune'').
** Johnny Olson announced on ''Series/WhatsMyLine'' and ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'', plus worked with Jackie Gleason on various occasions (including ''Series/YoureInThePicture'', whose commercials were pitched by Dennis James). He also hosted the [=DuMont=] series ''Kids & Company''.
** Rod Roddy was already well-known as the announcer on ''Series/PressYourLuck'', ''Series/HitMan'', and ''Series/{{Whew}}'' He also did the continuity announcements on ''Series/{{Soap}}''.
** Burton Richardson was heard on ''The Arsenio Hall Show'' and ''To Tell the Truth'', and would later be heard on ''Family Feud'' until 2010.
** Rich Fields was a weatherman at CBS affiliate KPSP in Palm Springs, and also announced (and once guest-hosted) ''Flamingo Fortune''. He also did some temporary work on ''Wheel'' after Charlie O'Donnell's death. He is currently the meteorologist for KNX radio in Los Angeles.
** The show has held on-air auditions to pick a successor each time an announcer has left, and most of the substitutes are notable names as well:
*** Besides Rod, the on-air tryouts after Johnny's death were Gene Wood (a very prolific announcer whose work was mostly with Goodson-Todman; he also filled in for Johnny on the Tom Kennedy version), Bob Hilton (''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'') and Rich Jeffries (''[[Series/{{Password}} Super Password]]''). Phil Hartman also auditioned, but did not make it to the air; it's also believed that Charlie O'Donnell and Johnny Gilbert may have auditioned.
*** Rod's increasing illness in the early 21st century led to fill-ins by Richardson and Randy West (who had been a contestant on many game shows before announcing ''Trivial Pursuit'' and a few others) between 2001 and 2003, and one week in 2002 where Paul Boland (of ''Series/MatchGame 1998'') filled in. Besides Burton, Randy and Rich, the post-Rod auditions included comedian Daniel Rosen, voice actor/former VJ Roger Rose and regional radio hosts Art Sanders, Don Bishop, and Jim Thornton (who now announces ''Wheel'').
*** After Rich's ousting in 2010, the substitutes came again — ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' alumni Brad Sherwood and Jeff Davis, former ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop'' host J.D. Roberto, radio host/author David H. Lawrence XVII, former ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' host George Gray, and comedian Steve White. Gray was declared the new announcer on April 18, 2011.
21st Apr '16 10:53:23 AM KoopaKid17
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** If Roger Dobkowitz's Twitter page is anything to go by, he isn't too thrilled with the way the show is currently run. An example of this occurred when Triple Play was won for the first time in eight years on December 21, 2015. Roger was quick to point out that the staff should not treat it as a milestone and that it was shameful the way Drew acknowledged it on the air.
** While he was still working with the show, Rich [=DiPirro's=] first strike against the management came when the Plinko sign was destroyed after he wanted to bring it back.

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** If Roger Dobkowitz's Twitter page is and his appearances on Radio/StusShow are anything to go by, he isn't too thrilled with the way the show is currently run. An example of this occurred when Triple Play was won for the first time in eight years on December 21, 2015. Roger was quick to point out that the staff should not treat it as a milestone and that it was shameful the way Drew acknowledged it on the air.
** While he was still working with the show, Rich [=DiPirro's=] first strike against the management show's staff came when he considered bringing the Plinko sign back. Once management got word of what he was destroyed after doing, it was "mysteriously" destroyed. Rich was not happy when he wanted to bring it back.heard about this.



* ThePeteBest: 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.

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* ThePeteBest: ThePeteBest:
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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''''' episodes of James' tenure.



* ShrugOfGod: Credit Card hasn't been played in quite some time; while some games have been put on hiatus in the past, this one has gone so long without being played that it's essentially retired. However, the staff has been rather careful in choosing its words so as to give absolutely no clue whether the game has been permanently retired — the official explanation is that it's "being refurbished", which falls flat since Any Number and Temptation were refurbished in far less time.
** In October 2011, Sandler stated on the official forums that Bargain Game and Check Game would be "coming soon". Shortly afterward, the forums underwent a major overhaul and these statements were removed. Some suggested that Sandler was lying, but he was proven right when Bargain Game came back on April 10, 2012 and Check Game returned on June 20, 2013.

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* ShrugOfGod: ShrugOfGod:
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Credit Card hasn't been played in quite some time; while some games have been put on hiatus in the past, this one has gone so long without being played that it's essentially retired. However, the staff has been rather careful in choosing its words so as to give absolutely no clue whether the game has been permanently retired — the official explanation is that it's "being refurbished", which falls flat since Any Number and Temptation were refurbished in far less time.
** Step Up has been getting the same treatment after its last playing in Fall 2014. It and Credit card were mentioned in an April 2016 tweet by Drew Carey, saying "Well there’s always a chance they’ll come back. But don’t hold your breath".
** In October 2011, Sandler stated on the official forums that Bargain Game and Check Game would be "coming soon". Shortly afterward, the forums underwent a major overhaul and these statements were removed. Some suggested that Sandler was lying, but he was proven right on both counts when Bargain Game came back on April 10, 2012 and Check Game returned on June 20, 2013.
19th Apr '16 10:52:23 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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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; said excuse falls majorly flat when one points out the network had "Game of the Week" and "Wide World of Games", both of which frequently showed games that either A) ran for less than 50 shows or B) had less than 50 episodes ''surviving'', during the six years it held the rights to ''Price''. It would seem that Barker has a grudge against James for having the longest nighttime version, which he kept even after James died.
*** In 1997, a James-hosted episode aired (twice!) in tribute following his death, albeit a daytime one where he was substituting for Barker. Considering the above, this episode (originally aired December 25, 1974) feels a lot more like a "pity airing" allowed through the generosity of Barker. While it was nice, the aforementioned hypocrisy can easily leave a bad aftertaste. As mentioned above, this was somewhat remedied by ''Price'' in 2012.
*** In 2015, former ''Price'' staffer Scott Robinson posted his findings from the show's archives about the 1972-80 nighttime version, noting that at most ''five'' episodes of the 301 taped didn't have a fur in them. No wonder GSN didn't air 'em!

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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; said excuse falls majorly flat when one points out the network had "Game of real number, according to former ''Price'' staffer Scott Robinson in his findings from the Week" and "Wide World of Games", both of which frequently showed games that either A) ran for less than 50 shows or B) had less than 50 episodes ''surviving'', during show's archives about the six years it held the rights to ''Price''. It would seem that Barker has a grudge against James for having the longest 1972-80 nighttime version, which he kept even after James died.
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 where he was substituting for Barker. Considering the above, this episode (originally aired December 25, 1974) feels a lot more like a "pity airing" allowed through the generosity of Barker. While it where he was nice, the aforementioned hypocrisy can easily leave a bad aftertaste. As mentioned above, this was somewhat remedied by ''Price'' in 2012.
*** In 2015, former ''Price'' staffer Scott Robinson posted his findings from the show's archives about the 1972-80 nighttime version, noting that at most ''five'' episodes of the 301 taped didn't have a fur in them. No wonder GSN didn't air 'em!
substituting for Barker.
19th Apr '16 10:35:11 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** The primetime NBC version was aired in color, but all of the circulating prints of that run are in black-and-white. However, a video of someone's home movies from the 1960s is on YouTube, and it includes three-and-a-half minutes of that version filmed off the TV... '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMG93VFdAm0&t-6m21s in color.]]'''

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** The primetime NBC version was aired in color, but all of the circulating prints of that run are in black-and-white. However, a video of someone's home movies from the 1960s is on YouTube, and it includes three-and-a-half minutes of that version filmed off the TV... '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMG93VFdAm0&t-6m21s com/watch?v=iMG93VFdAm0&t=6m21s in color.]]'''
19th Apr '16 10:19:10 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** A video of someone's home movies from the 1960s is on YouTube, and it includes three-and-a-half minutes filmed off the TV of the Cullen ''Price''...'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMG93VFdAm0&t-6m21s in color.]]'''


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** The primetime NBC version was aired in color, but all of the circulating prints of that run are in black-and-white. However, a video of someone's home movies from the 1960s is on YouTube, and it includes three-and-a-half minutes of that version filmed off the TV... '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMG93VFdAm0&t-6m21s in color.]]'''
5th Mar '16 11:18:33 AM MusicManSamwise
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*** Similarly, Tom Bergeron (HollywoodSquares, DancingWithTheStars) claims in his autobiography that CBS offered him the job at one point, but 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 (HollywoodSquares, (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.
5th Mar '16 11:16:20 AM MusicManSamwise
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*** Similarly, Tom Bergeron (HollywoodSquares, DancingWithTheStars) claims in his autobiography that CBS offered him the job at one point, but 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.
4th Mar '16 11:10:15 AM themisterfree
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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 & 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/WhatWouldYouDo''), 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).
*** If you're ever curious to see how some of these host candidates would've done on the real show, look for videos of ''The Price Is Right Live!'' productions in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, which are scaled down but still identifiable as ''TPIR''. Davidson, Hamilton, Newton, Summers, Regil, and Walberg have all hosted runs of ''TPIR Live!'' since 2007, as have current announcer George Gray and 2010 announcer candidate J.D. Roberto. As well, Todd Newton hosted the 2005 ''TPIR'' DVD game before Bob Barker's departure (but was not seen on-camera), while Davidson and Regil have of course hosted different versions of ''TPIR'' with different formats (and in the latter's case, Spanish). Richards ended up hosting GSN's 2012 revival of ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The Pyramid]]''.

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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 & 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/WhatWouldYouDo''), ''[[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).
*** If you're ever curious to see how some of these host candidates would've done on the real show, look for videos of ''The Price Is Right Live!'' productions in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, which are scaled down but still identifiable as ''TPIR''. Davidson, Hamilton, Newton, Summers, Regil, and Walberg Wahlberg have all hosted runs of ''TPIR Live!'' since 2007, as have current announcer George Gray and 2010 announcer candidate J.D. Roberto. As well, Todd Newton hosted the 2005 ''TPIR'' DVD game before Bob Barker's departure (but was not seen on-camera), while Davidson and Regil have of course hosted different versions of ''TPIR'' with different formats (and in the latter's case, Spanish). Richards ended up hosting GSN's 2012 revival of ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The Pyramid]]''.
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