History YMMV / WheelOfFortune

30th May '17 4:51:53 PM KoopaKid17
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** If one has the Million Dollar Wedge and/or the Wild Card, having Round 4 and beyond go without a Speed-Up since Bankrupt is still in play. It more or less hinges on the staff hoping Bankrupt would be hit, thus denying someone the opportunity to take either or both to the Bonus Round.
22nd Apr '17 11:13:19 AM themisterfree
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** Pat Sajak was a disc jockey, and later a weatherman at KNBC in Los Angeles. He had hosted a few unsold game show pilots prior to taking over ''Wheel'', one of which was a "Simon"-like game for Ralph Edwards called ''Press Your Luck'' (no relation to the [[Series/PressYourLuck game with the Whammy]]).
** Rolf Benirschke was a retired place kicker for the San Diego Chargers.

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** Pat Sajak was a disc jockey, and later a weatherman at KNBC in Los Angeles. He had hosted a few unsold game show pilots prior to taking over ''Wheel'', one of which was a "Simon"-like game for Ralph Edwards called ''Press Your Luck'' (no relation to the [[Series/PressYourLuck game with the Whammy]]).
Whammy]]) and the 1980 [[Creator/MarkGoodson Goodson-Todman]] pilot ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxkc5seF6eg Puzzlers]]'' (which contained [[ObviousBeta prototypes]] for elements of ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'', ''Series/BumperStumpers'' and ''Series/CatchPhrase'' {Steve Ryan created that pilot, ''Blockbusters'' and the puzzles for ''Catch Phrase''}).
** Rolf Benirschke was a retired place kicker for the San Diego Chargers.Chargers, and had hosted at least a runthrough for another Griffin pilot called ''Winfall'' (at least [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsTkSMpeXh4 one pilot]] was taped with Clint Holmes hosting, and CBS nearly picked it up until NBC canned ''Wheel'' and they chose that instead).
7th Apr '17 4:29:35 PM nombretomado
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*** Season 33 also saw the first Big Money Week since Season 29, a theme which ''ThePriceIsRight'' now does each season with ''much'' higher stakes than normal episodes in just about every way possible. While ''Wheel's'' previous Big Money Week saw a set decorated with giant money bags and stacks of gold coins along with increased stakes in the Bonus Round, Season 33's Big Money Week had nothing more to offer than normal episodes except for a higher-than-usual car in the Bonus Round, plus only the show's generic set was used.

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*** Season 33 also saw the first Big Money Week since Season 29, a theme which ''ThePriceIsRight'' ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' now does each season with ''much'' higher stakes than normal episodes in just about every way possible. While ''Wheel's'' previous Big Money Week saw a set decorated with giant money bags and stacks of gold coins along with increased stakes in the Bonus Round, Season 33's Big Money Week had nothing more to offer than normal episodes except for a higher-than-usual car in the Bonus Round, plus only the show's generic set was used.
10th Feb '17 7:09:18 PM KoopaKid17
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* NeverLiveItDown: Chuck Woolery hasn't been able to live down his decision to bail over a pay dispute, going as far as mentioning it on the ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'' finale. This is especially true among those old enough to remember his tenure.
9th Feb '17 7:57:34 PM KoopaKid17
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* CreatorsPet: The Prize Puzzle. The show has warmed up to it but fans certainly haven't (evidenced by its entry in TheScrappy below). Introduced in Season 21, Prize Puzzles originally occurred weekly. Two seasons later, they started occurring daily. Since its introduction, many popular elements have been retired ostensibly to make room for it, such as the Jackpot Round, the bonus categories and the Free Spin (replaced by the Free Play wedge). It doesn't help that the Prize Puzzle is ''never'' affected by budget cuts whenever the show makes them.

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* CreatorsPet: The Prize Puzzle. The show has warmed up to it but fans certainly haven't (evidenced by its entry in TheScrappy ScrappyMechanic below). Introduced in Season 21, Prize Puzzles originally occurred weekly. Two seasons later, they started occurring daily. Since its introduction, many popular elements have been retired ostensibly to make room for it, such as the Jackpot Round, the bonus categories and the Free Spin (replaced by the Free Play wedge). It doesn't help that the Prize Puzzle is ''never'' affected by budget cuts whenever the show makes them.



*** Then there's the awkward shoehorning of puzzles in order to meet a certain category's criteria. Rhyme Time has devolved into "two random things that rhyme" such as EGG YOLKS & ARTICHOKES while What Are You Doing? especially in the Bonus Round is essentially "random -ing word".

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*** Then there's the awkward shoehorning of puzzles in order to meet a certain category's criteria. Rhyme Time has devolved into "two "two/three random things that rhyme" such as EGG YOLKS & ARTICHOKES while What Are You Doing? especially in the Bonus Round is essentially "random -ing word".
6th Feb '17 4:52:30 PM Twentington
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** Many fans hate the Rhyme Time category because it often results in a series of randomly-grouped words that just happen to rhyme, even if they are in no way related (e.g. BEES FLEAS & MANATEES, BABOONS AND RACCOONS).

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** Many fans hate the Rhyme Time category because it often results in a series of randomly-grouped words that just happen to rhyme, even if they are in no way related (e.g. BEES FLEAS & MANATEES, BABOONS AND RACCOONS). As of Season 34, even Pat has begun making fun of this.
14th Jan '17 9:00:02 PM KoopaKid17
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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 reviled by fans.

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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 reviled panned by fans.
14th Jan '17 8:58:11 PM KoopaKid17
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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.

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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 reviled by fans.


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** The new theme, introduced in 2017, sounds very similar to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uCAWUXYKUM Wild Wild West]]" by The Escape Club.
14th Jan '17 8:54:54 PM KoopaKid17
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** The Million Dollar Wedge is hated by some fans, either for the $1,000,000 being way too hard to win and being too gimmicky, replacing the former $10,000 prize, or because of how some casual viewers of the show think the wedge is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, which led to an embarrassing media outbreak in September 2013 when a contestant mispronounced a puzzle immediately after picking up the wedge, with headlines claiming that he "lost a million dollars" right then and there.
14th Jan '17 7:40:53 AM Twentington
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* HarsherInHindsight:
** For the first time in over 15 years, viewers heard a different voice announcing in November 2010 because Charlie O'Donnell had fallen ill. The first episode with substitute announcer Johnny Gilbert aired on November 1, 2010, the same day that O'Donnell died (episodes are taped in advance).

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* HarsherInHindsight:
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HarsherInHindsight: For the first time in over 15 years, viewers heard a different voice announcing in November 2010 because Charlie O'Donnell had fallen ill. The first episode with substitute announcer Johnny Gilbert aired on November 1, 2010, the same day that O'Donnell died (episodes are taped in advance).


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** Many fans hate the Rhyme Time category because it often results in a series of randomly-grouped words that just happen to rhyme, even if they are in no way related (e.g. BEES FLEAS & MANATEES, BABOONS AND RACCOONS).


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** There isn't much love for the theme music package introduced during the first week of 2017. Many fans of the show think that the new theme sounds like it belongs on a Telemundo show, that the other cues lack the "punch" of the previous ones, and that the Speed-Up music sounds like something from a porno. Even worse, these music cues were retroactively dubbed into Saturday reruns.
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