History YMMV / WheelOfFortune

17th Nov '17 4:06:27 AM 123456789
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** Likely due to Sony's deteriorating financial status, mainly due to the 2014 hacking scandal, Season 33 brought several budget-saving changes that were quickly panned by fans.

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** Likely due to Sony's deteriorating financial status, mainly due to the 2014 hacking scandal, Season 33 brought received virtually no love from fans to several budget-saving changes that were quickly panned by fans.changes.



*** Season 34 wasn't any better. As noted above, although the frequency of cars in the Bonus Round has increased, the cars are generally cheaper than past seasons. In addition, while many of the above changes weren't particularly noticed by casual fans, one change for Season 34 that many viewers quickly noticed was that the show stopped doing "$5K Every Day", where a SPIN ID would be drawn at the end of every show for a $5,000 cash prize. The show's excuse was that they decided to put it "on hiatus" due to the show being pre-empted weekly in many markets during football season. SPIN ID drawings were still done for the annual Secret Santa Sweepstakes, and "$5K Every Day" returned in January 2017. A new music package was also introduced mid-season which was immediately panned by fans for lacking the punch contained in prior music packages (see TheyChangedItNowItSucks for more info).

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*** ** Season 34 wasn't any better. As noted above, although the frequency of cars in the Bonus Round has increased, the cars are generally cheaper than past seasons. In addition, while many of the above changes weren't particularly noticed by casual fans, one change for Season 34 that many viewers quickly noticed was that the show stopped doing "$5K Every Day", where a SPIN ID would be drawn at the end of every show for a $5,000 cash prize. The show's excuse was that they decided to put it "on hiatus" due to the show being pre-empted weekly in many markets during football season. SPIN ID drawings were still done for the annual Secret Santa Sweepstakes, and "$5K Every Day" returned in January 2017. A new music package was also introduced mid-season which was immediately panned by fans for lacking the punch contained in prior music packages (see and... well, see TheyChangedItNowItSucks for more info).how that went down.
11th Nov '17 2:53:19 PM tadaru
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*** Could be argued that it has been around since ''the first BonusRound'' on Shopper's Bazaar. The solution, [[spoiler: ISLE OF CAPRI]], indicated the destination of the trip the contestant could win.

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*** Could be argued that it has been around since ''the first BonusRound'' on Shopper's Bazaar. The solution, solution to the arguable UrExample, [[spoiler: ISLE OF CAPRI]], indicated the destination of the trip the contestant could win.
11th Nov '17 2:52:38 PM tadaru
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*** Could be argued that it has been around since ''the first BonusRound'' on Shopper's Bazaar. The solution, [[spoiler: ISLE OF CAPRI]], indicated the destination of the trip the contestant could win.
1st Nov '17 5:16:45 PM 123456789
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* WTHCastingAgency: In addition to the infamous Rolf Benirschke as mentioned above, Chuck Woolery was also a debatable example at the time, as he was a struggling CountryMusic singer with minimal TV experience. However, he proved to be a great host right out of the gate, and has since become a genre veteran with several well-known shows to his credit such as ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'', ''Series/LoveConnection'', the late-1990s version of ''Series/TheDatingGame'', ''Series/{{Greed}}'', and ''Series/{{Lingo}}''.

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* WTHCastingAgency: In addition to the infamous Rolf Benirschke as mentioned above, Chuck Woolery was also a debatable example at the time, as he was a struggling CountryMusic singer with minimal TV experience. However, he proved to be a great host right out of the gate, and has since become a genre veteran with several well-known shows to his credit such as ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'', ''Series/LoveConnection'', the late-1990s version of ''Series/TheDatingGame'', ''Series/{{Greed}}'', and ''Series/{{Lingo}}''.
1st Nov '17 5:11:52 PM 123456789
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** Harry Friedman who replaced Nancy Jones as producer in 1995. He has virtually no love from the fan base due to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks many of the changes]] [[ComplexityAddiction he made to]] [[WereStillRelevantDammit keep it fresh]] [[SeasonalRot starting in Season 14]]. In 2013, it was confirmed that he approves every puzzle that makes it onto the show and fans call him out for approving such low-quality puzzles, the Prize Puzzle in particular.

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** Harry Friedman Friedman, who replaced Nancy Jones as producer in 1995. He 1995, presumably after Jones approved the Puzzle Category [[ThatOneLevel Megaword]], has virtually no love from the fan base due to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks many of the changes]] [[ComplexityAddiction he made to]] [[WereStillRelevantDammit keep it fresh]] [[SeasonalRot starting in Season 14]]. In 2013, when it was confirmed that he approves every puzzle that makes it onto the show and show, fans were quick to call him out for approving such low-quality puzzles, the Prize Puzzle in particular.
25th Oct '17 10:06:43 AM Twentington
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** From 1989-96, the nighttime version had a three-day champion rule. Early on, the contestant's cumulative total would be shown on their backdrop, which could hold five digits. One particularly lucky contestant early in Season 7 got north of $100,000 before her third Bonus Round, so Pat taped a "$1" to her backdrop.

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** From 1989-96, the nighttime version had a three-day champion rule. Early on, the contestant's cumulative total would be shown on their backdrop, which could hold five digits. One particularly lucky contestant early in Season 7 got north of $100,000 before her third Bonus Round, so Pat taped a "$1" to her backdrop. Averted on another episode later in the same season where they just put the contestant's total on a chyron instead.
9th Oct '17 6:39:25 PM mjb1124
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** This trope also partially explains the FandomRivalry with ''Jeopardy!'', as some of the latter show's fans have this perspective of ''Wheel''.
9th Oct '17 6:35:35 PM mjb1124
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***A Thicke commercial outro cue used from 1979-83 sounded very close to The Guess Who's "Temptation Eyes".
22nd Sep '17 1:24:40 PM Twentington
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* AwesomeMusic: "Changing Keys", the 1980s theme song and by far the best known among fans, as well as its various re-orchestrations lasting until 2000.

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"Changing Keys", the 1980s theme song and by far the best known among fans, as well as its various re-orchestrations lasting until 2000.2000.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8il-zJZtNg Nightwalk]]", the cue used during shopping rounds in TheEighties, was pretty cool too. The show themselves must've thought similarly, as even after shopping was retired, it was used as a prize cue until the mid-90s.
13th Sep '17 12:59:07 PM RAS310
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** Crossword Puzzles with "blank" clues can be considered this for the former "Fill in the Blank" category, which functioned similarly but did not orient words vertically and awarded a bonus for identifying the common term rather than giving it at the outset.
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