As many of you know, if you're a regular visitor of this Wiki, there's an article about slot machines based on Wheel. And...believe it or not, some of those can even be found on machines with names that have been casino mainstays for years--and I'm talking about names such as Red White & Blue and Double Diamond.
But whether it's the regular mechanical slot machine, or the computerized type (also with the reels, but on a video screen that switches in case you make it to a bonus round), every machine has a Max Bet function. You hit that button, and per the function, you bet the max number of coins, and if you hit a special combo, you trigger a bonus round for more money. But that's the only way you can trigger the bonus round...and it'll also inc…Read more >
I felt the need to get another something off my chest, and it has to do with something that just about every game show has: Flashing lights.
Everyone knows that flashing lights are bound to cause epileptic symptoms such as seizures. But, as I'm sure many of us game show fans are aware, it's about how bright the lights are, as well as the speed of their flashing.
Take Wheel. When the show first debuted, the Wheel's base lights and the puzzleboard's lights flashed quickly, but not really really quickly...just in a chase pattern. And if you notice, those lights weren't that bright. By the time the syndicated version's 8th season premiere (and thus carrying over to Goen as a result), on both counts, the lights were a tad brighter, but not too bri…Read more >
As of this post, we are now one week out from Christmas Eve, which of course, means Santa's annual trip around the world. He has worked hard with the elves to ensure that the gifts we ask him for (via e-mail or snail mail; we're too old to sit on his lap, but never to write; and yes, even the North Pole has computers for his lists and all the letters he gets), and we've worked hard to get on his Nice list.
But, oh, the debate on if there is indeed a real Santa. Everyone's gonna be looking at me like, "Oh John, those mall Santas aren't real." Duh, of course not. About this time 30 years ago, the syndicated Card Sharks with Bill Rafferty invited 10 mall/department store Santas to be a part of the audience survey during Christmas Week 1986. Per…Read more >
After watching this Inside Edition video, the time has come for me to get this issue off my chest, an issue that for sure is going to be the subject of debate, regardless of how long I stick around on this planet.
In the video you can see a 5-year old boy being paddled by the school principal (or about to be) for his constant misbehavior and (surprise, surprise), 18 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES! In the room is the boy's mother, who after seeing the video, was horrified. She was actually arrested for the boy's truancy. It was either that, or have him get paddled.
The boy constantly bawling throughout wants to be spared, but apparently the principal doesn't care. The school, in case, you're wondering, is in Georgia, one of a few states that actually legal…Read more >
Most of us are die-hard Pokemon fans...especially that in a couple years, it will mark TWO DECADES since Pokemon hit the airwaves in North America, and then became a worldwide hit.
From games to cards (yes, they still have those) to the new Pokemon Go app, we fans are still "Catching 'em all!".
However, that aside, we're going to focus on just the app (which I don't have). It has come to a few picky people's attention that the app is too dangerous. And by dangerous, I mean, deaths, injuries...and in some cases, vandalism. I mean, really? VANDALISM?!
I have a piece of advice from those of you: PLEASE BE CAREFUL! I know you're die-hard fans like myself, but if you're going to catch a Pokemon, do it carefully! Watch some of the older TV shows to s…Read more >
This month marks 8 years since the movie adaptation of Mamma Mia! came out in theaters, but I first saw it on DVD in 2009 when my mom brought home a copy from a friend of hers, and then I bought a copy myself as a gift for my 30th birthday in 2013. Then later for Christmas 2013, I bought the soundtrack for both the movie and the musical, then the 2-Disc Special Edition for my 31st birthday in 2014 (it includes a bonus DVD with more bonus material), and then for Christmas 2014 I bought a copy of a separate Special Bonus Disc with even more bonus material! (Apparently, the movie's great, the bonus material is even better). I'll review the bonus stuff at a later date. Right now, I shall review the movie and the musical from which it is based.
The musi…Read more >
I haven't done a book review yet, but I decided to do one after I read some of the reviews on Amazon (where I bought it).
This book, like most books about game shows in general (i.e. not centered on any one particular show), talks about game shows in general, and appropriately, starts with the history of game shows (I only bought it since I found it interesting...though at the same time you could say I bought it to join in Buzzr's celebration of 75 years of game shows.
It profiles a few shows, and even goes into detail about the quiz show scandals (this was profiled in the 1994 movie "Quiz Show" with the "Twenty-One" scandal). And even better, it even talks about sets and sounds, and even has an appendix of every game show in existence.
I give …Read more >
The last time I made a DVD Game review it was for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which I recently got in the mail.
This time, I'd like to do a DVD Game review for Deal or No Deal. Here goes!
As usual, you got 26 cases holding 26 money amounts all randomized by computer (the show does this by third party). We don't know which amount sits in one case, but we do know that in one case sits $1 million, all the way down to a measly penny.
Despite the cover photo showing a Million Dollar Mission game in progress (if you look closely, $750,000 is replaced by $1M, and in its usual place is $2M), this game is played as if this were just a regular game..no Million Dollar Mission or any other special games. (FYI, for those who kept up with the prime-time sho…Read more >
Seeing as I just got this in the mail, and I just started playing with it, I decided to go ahead and do a review on it.
The game includes, besides the DVD and an instruction manual, 24 game cards: 16 answer cards (for the four choices to each question), 4 lifeline cards, and 4 "Walk Away" cards. This means up to 4 players can play, but you must have a minimum of 2.
The game play mirrors that of Seasons 3-6, with the $25,000 milestone at Question 10, $50,000 at Question 11, and $100,000 at Question 12, with no Switch the Question lifeline as was on the show.
However, there are time limits to answer the questions: 20 seconds for the first 5, 25 for the second 5, and 30 for the final 5.
Now you're thinking, "How the heck did they format this into…Read more >
In the wake of the recent shootings in Orlando, this is where the post's title comes in. You think--"John, people should have the right to do it, right? Isn't this a free country?"
Well, sort of. Remember the proverb of not yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater? See, that's where the part about limits on free speech comes in.
Let me give you some examples of how free speech in a way is limited.
1. Kobe Bryant, 2011--we remember his anti-gay views from the playoffs 5 years ago, when my Dallas Mavericks won the whole thing. But when his LA Lakers were in the playoffs, he began tweeting his anti-gay views, and that got him fined $100,000.
2. Donald Sterling, 2014--We all know this one, because when then-new commissioner Adam Silver condemned those…Read more >
Everyone remembers a decade ago when Deal or No Deal came to the US, which, like Millionaire became an international hit.
Now, everyone also knows that it takes luck, guts, and skill to win big money...and the object is simple: pick a case and hope it contains the big prize.
But that's too easy--so in a series of rounds, you eliminate cases hoping your big prize case still remains in play. Every so often, a mysterious Banker calls the host via telephone and offers you a guaranteed cash prize to sell your case and stop your game and stop you from going home with as much money as possible. Enter the title question, "DEAL OR NO DEAL?"
Eliminate big amounts, offers go down; eliminate small amounts, offers go up. But when it comes to the offers, this …Read more >
There has been quite a buzz on this video.
The reason it's called the "Strangest Jeopardy! Ending Ever", is because the second player had trouble with his electronic pen and/or pad, so he had to use his index card and marker to write down his response.
Because of that, he and the champion were allowed to return the next day.
Some of them were calling him out for cheating because of this. Well, this is where the title of this post comes in:
While we're in the 21st century, and technology has been around for who knows how long, we can't rely on it for our problem-solving and why we need to have back-up plans.
This is an example--when the equipment malfunctions, as the Jeopardy! DVD explains, each player has an index card and a marker to write the…Read more >
You guys thought I was done, right? WRONG. Hopefully, this is the last time I will have to rant about something like this.
In the last post (Part 1, hence Part 2 in this post's title), I talked about how one user called me "butt-hurt" because my opinion was different from his, and I called him out saying as different from me as his opinion was, it was stupid. It sounded stupid, therefore it was stupid.
Now, I'd like to focus on another video of the Joseph vs. Ramsay scenario.
There, the user said he found Ramsay to be a "cowardly bully". And I explained to him, that the way Ramsay does things is so he wants chefs to succeed.
He said, "Yes I do think he's a cowardly bully. He shouts and swears because he's a yob not because he has to.
If a dish is coo…Read more >
I know some of you reading this are looking at the title and saying, "Really, John? Really?" Yes, really.
Recently, I found a video of the infamous fight scene between Joseph and Chef Ramsay from Season 6 of Hell's Kitchen (you know, the one where Joseph was asked "First nominee and why?" and he couldn't even answer that).
One commentator said he hoped Joseph broke Ramsay's nose, and even said he himself would hire Joseph. I said that's the stupidest thing he's ever said, and hiring Joseph would make his future restaurant (and restaurant career) a disaster, finances and customer base going down the drain.
So he got back at me and said, "Why are you so butt-hurt if people have different opinions??"
And I told him (and this is where the post's ti…Read more >
As many of you know, since its 1999 return to TV, Family Feud has had a TV-PG rating, instead of the TV-G rating of its predecessors (including Dawson 1994).
Then I see comments on the show's YouTube channel suggesting it has become less family-friendly, hence the TV-PG rating. (Most likely due to the questions)
Which begs the question: Has the show become less family-friendly, despite the "Family" in its name? Please share your two cents below. Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 20:22, April 7, 2016 (UTC)Read more >
Since there are many products under the Coca-Cola Company's umbrella, it's appropriate that there are different color caps for each product. For those who need help, there are four distinct colors:
Red--Coke, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke (Caffeine Free is included on all counts) Green--Fanta, Sprite, Sprite Cranberry (yes, I know it's a holiday season flavor, but still...) Gray (or Grey, whichever you prefer)--Diet Coke, Sprite Zero, Sprite Zero Cranberry (yes, it counts...) Black--Coke Zero, Cherry Coke Zero, Fuze, Minute Maid, Pibb
Powerade, Powerade Zero, and Minute Maid to-go juice bottles have their names on the cap and are easy to distinguish.
So what do I do when I have multiple caps of the same color? I usually take a piece of paper, and…Read more >
Whether you like it New York thin crust or Chicago deep-dish, whether you like it with mozzarella or cheddar cheese, and whether you like it with pepperoni or sausage, we all love our pizza.
The point of this post is whether one can classify it as healthy. Some would say yes because of the many benefits you can get from each part: Fiber from your crust, protein from your meats (like the ones mentioned), calcium from your cheese (like the ones mentioned), and other vitamins from the vegetables like onions and peppers and mushrooms.
I sorta lean that way. Some may say it's full of fat, because it needs oil to give flavor to the pizza.
So, long story short, what do you think? Post your two cents below. Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 01:09, March 25, 201…Read more >
If some of you are lucky enough to get a double-dose of Jeopardy! in your neck of the woods (and I am happy for you if you do), that means you not only get the first-run for the current season, but also the repeat from the previous season.
Today, we got to see Kristin Sausville's solo Final Jeopardy! from March 12, 2015. For those who don't know, she is the wife of 2011 Tournament of Champions semifinalist and Season 28 contestant Justin Sausville, who had won $134,000 in 6 games, plus $2,000 for his second-place finish in game 7, for a total of $136,000. Kristin herself had won $24,801 as the new champ the previous day.
When all was said and done in Double Jeopardy!, she ended the round with $8,400 while her two challengers ended the round …Read more >
10 years ago, February 2006, the Coca-Cola company decided it was time to launch a loyalty program for its consumers called My Coke Rewards. Similar to frequent-flyer mile programs, consumers could enter codes found on caps or boxes to earn points which could, in turn, be used to redeem prizes or be used for sweepstakes entries.
Of course, there was criticism of the program for causing people to drink tons of pop just to get the codes for the points for the prizes. But, since then, that criticism has died down, and has given birth to new criticism for the new program one year ago:
It was decided that there be a Status level program added, with levels of Bronze, Silver, and Gold (like medals, of course). Each time you played a YouTube video, …Read more >
Halfway through last year, one of my Facebook friends talked with me on IM about cable game shows not being made to give away big money. He told me that the budgets were small, citing examples like Win Ben Stein's Money (Comedy Central), Whammy! (GSN), 2-Minute Drill (ESPN), Supermarket Sweep (Lifetime/PAX) and Cash Cab (Discovery).
I gave him an example of one big money cable game show, that being GSN's Russian Roulette, which offered a top prize of $100,000...just like Wheel (except now it has the Million Dollar Wedge, and there are only 3 winners there, just like there were 3 winners of the $100K Russian Roulette...one of whom beat the odds and survived 5 out of 6 drop zones!). But even then, he told me that there was a small budget, whic…Read more >
I've always thought it was about the former--due to the bulk of the merchandise being Santas, snowmen, and reindeer. Heck, I still have my letters from Santa. And of course, let's not forget about the songs about them, too. I've always thought that there were more songs about Santa, snowmen, and reindeer, than Jesus' birth.
But my sister thinks otherwise. She tells me that without Jesus, there'd be no Santa.
I will now open it to you guys for thoughts. Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 17:25, December 24, 2015 (UTC)Read more >
That includes the long-running NORAD tracker, which has been around for 60--count 'em--SIXTY YEARS!
The Google tracker has been around for a few years, but is just as reliable.
There are others around there as well, but nothing can beat those two! They are as accurate as can be.
So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, people of all ages--if those trackers tell you that Santa's next stop is your house, you know what that means--GET IN BED ASAP! If he finds even one light on (night lights not included), he will fly past, and will not come around again unless all lights are out and everyone's snoozing. In the words of "Here Comes Santa Claus"--JUMP IN BED AND COVER UP YOUR HEAD, 'CAUSE SANTA CLAUS COMES TONIGHT!
With that, I wish you Season's Greet…Read more >
So some of you may have already read the famous article. And some of the comments there from some people still think it's a myth....enough to tick off people like me.
Well, it's time to put the myth to rest, once and for all. For those who still think that Virginia O'Hanlon was not a real person...well, here's some proof (and it's real and authentic).
With that, I will open it up. Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 03:33, December 6, 2015 (UTC)Read more >
As I was reading BDE1982's latest blog over at the Game Shows Wiki, something came to my mind--in addition to Grinches, Scrooges, and non-believers of ol' St. Nick; there are those non-believers also saying he doesn't exist.
Well, allow me to get something off my chest (and cover your ears if my bullhorn is too loud): JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN SANTA DOESN'T MEAN HE DOESN'T EXIST/IS NOT REAL/IS FAKE/IS A LIE, etc.!
It makes me so sick to my stomach when someone tries this. OK, I don't care if you do believe in Santa, as I am cool and fine with that. I don't care if you don't believe in him, as I am cool and fine with that as well. However, I DO CARE IF YOU TRY TO TELL ME HE'S FAKE/IS NOT REAL/IS A LIE/DOESN'T EXIST, OR THE EVER POPU…Read more >
Whenever you see this commercial, you know the holiday season has just begun. This campaign debuted 20--count 'em--TWENTY years ago this month.
Now you're thinking, "John, it's been 'Holidays are Coming' for a long time; where the heck did 'Santa Packs are Coming' come from?" Well, let me tell you.
In 1995, when the campaign debuted, Americans got the ultimate item to add to their Coke can collection, when the company introduced Santa Packs. Each can in the pack came with one of 4 distinctive designs, all based off of the illustration by Michigan artist Haddon Sundblom. This would also carry over to their classic contour bottles, both plastic and glass.
This would repeat in 1996, but starting in 1997, they decided to follow suit with the other…Read more >
Most of us are really big Coke drinkers..or I should say Coca-Cola drinkers, though we've had our fair share of each brand under the company's umbrella (be it lemon-lime Sprite, fruit-flavored Fanta, citrus-flavored Fresca and Mello Yello, first diet cola Tab, Seagram's ginger ale, Barq's root beer, spicy cherry Pibb, etc.)
In 2006, to show how much it appreciates its consumers, Coca-Cola launched My Coke Rewards, a rewards program similar to those frequent-flyer mile airline programs we are familiar with. Here, users can enter codes from caps and box tops of fridge packs (12, 20, and 24) for points which they can redeem for prizes. Here is a list of those brands as well as the points you get.
Now, here's where this entry's title comes in. N…Read more >
Some people may not know this, but that Coca-Cola Santa Claus that has graced many a bottle and can during the Christmas season was drawn by Michigan artist Haddon Sumblom.
Before those images took place, Coke began using Santa in its ads since the 1920's; heck, in 1930, artist Fred Mizen painted a department-store Santa in a crowd drinking a bottle of Coke (preferably during his break). The ad featured the world's largest soda fountain, which was located in the department store Famous Barr Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. Mizen's painting was used in print ads that Christmas season, appearing in The Saturday Evening Post in December 1930.
In 1931, that all changed. The agency that came up with the famous Coke Santa image wanted someone to come u…Read more >
I recently have tried Coke Zero, and while it tastes similar to regular Coke in a way, it has zero calories, just like Diet Coke.
However, after tasting Diet Coke and Coke Zero, I have tried with no luck to find any differences.
To those who have had both (not either), what differences have you been able to find? Please share them below. Gameshowguy2000 (talk) 17:52, October 25, 2015 (UTC)Read more >
The above word in quotes, a word you'll find in many an SAT vocabulary, is defined as someone who knows everything.
The reason for the title is pretty obvious: We all watched when John Carpenter went on Millionaire in November 1999 and became the first person to win the top prize (remember in August 1999, Michael Shutterly was the first to *see* the million-dollar question, but chose to walk with $500,000).
He made it through the first 14 questions without a lifeline, and even Regis' words put it best: "You didn't need those stinkin' Lifelines, did you?" However, like Shutterly before him, and countless others after, anyone who saw the 15th and final question could walk away with $500,000 before saying "final answer"; realizing that a miss wou…Read more >
You think this is impossible, right? WRONG. When I got the Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune PC games (Sony Imagesoft, 1994), I learned something.
On the back of the box for each game, it says the minimum requirements involved Windows 3.1 *or higher* (and by that, that means Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 9, etc.; you get the drift). Each game has QuickTime software installed. So you think that with the latest QuickTime Player on your computer you'd be able to install and play the game with ease, right? WRONG.
I experimented with this once on another computer ...and it says it could not function. So when I got yet another computer, and here's what I did: I installed both games first before installing the QuickTime Player that you could downlo…Read more >
After thinking about this for quite sometime, and after being a member of The Monopoly Wiki for quite sometime, I've decided to do it now, especially in honor of the game's 80th anniversary (and for the obvious reason, every person has had at least one item related to the game in their possession): A blog post about what Monopoly items I or any of my family members have.
- 1976 Board Game--owned by my sister; I didn't really start playing the board game until about well, 20 years ago
- Monopoly: Hand-Held Electronic Game--my top favorite, received in 2012 for my 29th birthday; reason being that I love the talking AI opponents and I love the speech that goes with it
- Monopoly 64 for (what else?) N64--bought in 2014 for my 31st birthday
- Monopoly 200…
4 years ago, we watched as Jeopardy! gave us the IBM Challenge. 4 years prior, Dave Ferrucci and his team of IBM engineers were working on a new sophisticated computer system named "Watson", about 10 years after they saw "Deep Blue" beat the reigning chess champion Garry Kasparov.
We watched as Watson bested Jeopardy! juggernauts Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter to take a million dollar jackpot. Ken got $300,000 and Brad got $200,000.
This proved that computers can be smarter than humans.
Here's the thing: When we fans play our game show video games against the "Watsons" (I'll use that term for AI game show players from now on, since Watson is our first and only AI game show contestant), how are we able to best the "Watsons" there, yet Watson himself…Read more >
Most of us are die-hard fans of Jeopardy!. Whether it's Ken Jennings and other notable champions, or the doubling of the cash and the addition of the Clue Crew in mid-Season 18, or the jettisoning of the 5-day limit in Season 20, people have been abuzz about this game of answers and questions.
But it's that one thing about the show that makes it unique from other quiz shows. When Merv Griffin wanted to create a quiz show, his wife Julann suggested he do one where the contestants are given the answers, but Merv himself was afraid that would turn into a copy-cat of shows such as The $64,000 Question or Twenty One. What she really meant was: give the answers in front of everyone and have them come up with the questions. Enter one of the most popula…Read more >
With 2 weeks to go before the Big Day, I'd decided I needed to get this off my chest, once and for all.
A lot of people have still been at the lame old same old argument that Santa is a lie, and that the parents are lying to their kids about Jolly Old St. Nick.
Well, I have a message for those who are continuing to insist that Santa is a fake, and that Virginia O'Hanlon's letter to the New York Sun is a myth. Well, that myth has been BUSTED! For proof, here's a link to the letter. For those who don't believe it, well, read it and WEEP (because you've lost).
Also, if Santa didn't exist, NORAD Tracks Santa WOULD NOT EXIST, WOULD IT?!
And for further proof, watch Miracle on 34th Street both the 1947 B/W original, and the 1994 color revival. The pl…Read more >
In this final installment on my thoughts on game show questions, I decided it'd be better to take a more thorough approach: Whether questions should be categorized or not.
Non-categorized: On certain game shows, such as "Cash Cab", you don't know what category the questions come in. So you have to be ready for whatever questions get thrown away. This is the downside here of having these kinds of questions. The only upside is showing how broad a knowledge you've got. But another downside is that you end up with questions in categories you know very little about.
Categorized: This is the better choice, IMO. When questions are grouped into categories, you can choose which one you think you have the best knowledge of. Examples of this include "J…Read more >
In the last post, I talked about how game show questions are NOT "useless trivia" as some idiots think (as I stated, most of it is stuff learned in school). In this post, I'd like to focus on whether they're better as open-ended or multiple-choice (which, despite some speech experts suggesting; isn't always a "subjective test"...Millionaire's questions are an example, and you'll see why in a minute).
Open-ended: This means that any answer that comes to mind can be said. The downside to these is that someone might end up giving a stupid answer to the question...but on the upside, they'll make it to the blooper reels, so the contestant can see for themselves just how dumb they were when they said it. Another downside is when you have limited …Read more >
Ever get the feeling, as a game show fan, when someone tells you that game shows are a waste of time or that the questions they ask are "useless trivia"? Believe me, as a game show fan, it pisses me off. And I'm sure it pisses a lot of the game show fan community off as well.
Let me tell you this: The questions they ask are NOT "useless trivia" in any way, shape, or form. In fact, the bulk of the questions we see namely have to deal with stuff we learned in school (and how appropriate I bring this up, as we are on the dawn of another school year).
And speaking of school and game shows, most of us remember "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?". It was a game show alright, but it was a game show meant to spook us of our grade school past. The …Read more >
So far, you've heard me document three Wheel moments that had people shouting "SCANDAL!" all over the Internet: The one-letter solve from Season 28, and the two Million-Dollar missolves from this season (Season 31).
You have also heard me document the game show moment that defined all game show moments: Michael Larson breaking the bank on Press Your Luck and winning $110,237 in cash and prizes by memorizing the patterns on the Big Board...and picking up just one Whammy in the process.
Now, I am about to document one that probably had a handful of people saying that word: Hal Shear, the Joker's Wild contestant whose lucky suit made him a name among game show fans. Some might even think he was the Ken Jennings of The Joker's Wild, because prior to Jeo…Read more >
30 years ago, game show history was made on CBS' Press Your Luck, hosted by Peter Tomarken. Having been on the air for quite some time, viewers were testing their knowledge with the questions that could earn players 3 spins for a correct buzz-in answer, or 1 spin for a correct multiple-choice answer. Those spins could then be turned into big bucks on the Big Board, which was loaded with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes; some of which offered additional spins. As with every game show there was the element of risk: the dreaded Whammy, which, in various ways, would come out and take away a player's loot; with 4 of them eliminating them from the game. If a player didn't want to risk losing their money/prizes to a Whammy, they…Read more >
This is something I've been pondering for a long time. We all saw what happened in February 2011 when IBM's Watson went up against Jeopardy! juggernauts Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter (who faced each other in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions and just recently in the Battle of the Decades, in which Brad won both) and won, in the battle of man vs. machine (similar to all the game show video games on the market, past and present; if you have 1 human player, the other 2 spots will be filled by AI players).
Now, I'm thinking that Wheel should try one of its own. They could do a replication of the April Fool's 1997 episode, with Alex and Lesly hosting, and Pat and Vanna playing; however, they will also make use of the third spot and fill it w…Read more >
I had thought about writing about this for quite some time, and that time has finally arrived.
Yesterday marked a decade since Rich Fields became announcer of The Price Is Right. After Rod Roddy's death, lots of other candidates auditioned, including game show legends Randy West and Burton Richardson. There were even some unfamiliar names such as Roger Rose (of ABC O&O WLS-TV in Chicago), Daniel Rosen (he did the Live version at the time), Don Bishop, Art Sanders, Jim Thornton (chosen to succeed the late Charlie O'Donnell on Wheel of Fortune), and Fields himself (at the time, he was a TV weatherman, which he has returned to since his departure from Price).
Now, you're asking, what factors are there when you choose a successor after a longtime a…Read more >
We all saw last week's episode of Dr. Phil as well as the season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares, featuring everyone's most despised restaurant owners--Amy and Samy Bouglazo of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.
On Dr. Phil, we see that the restaurant catered to his staff and Dr. Phil himself said they actually liked the food (whether that is true or not remains to be seen; given the backlash the couple suffered from Facebookers like myself; yes, I will NOT eat at any restaurant that DOES NOT SERVE FRESH FOOD OR STEALS FROM OTHERS!). Dr. Phil himself also invited a blogger who criticized a restaurant, as well as a PR expert who knows how to deal with this kind of negative publicity and feedback. Even Dr. Phil said the couple had to lea…Read more >
Today I am unveiling the $ale of the Century Video Archive. It is my hope to document and include links to all episodes of $ale of the Century (and Temptation) of both domestic and international versions of the show. The video archive in it's base form so far covers all Daytime and Syndicated episodes of the U.S. version that I've been able to find online. Eventually it will expand to include versions across the globe! I hope you will help as we create an archive of Sale of the Century and Temptation episodes for everyone's viewing pleasure!
$ale of the Century Video Archive
There it is! Enjoy!Read more >
I've got some incredible and exciting news today. I am revealing a project that I've been thinking over in my head for quite some time, but now I have turned those thoughts into actions and created something I think that classic game show fans are really going to like.
First, I want to thank Daniel Benfield, as he is my inspiration for this project that I am going to reveal TONIGHT. It's not Wheel of Fortune related, but it is related to a show that is very close to Wheel of Fortune (nope, not Jeopardy). I have put some work putting together all of the details and descriptions and my project is finally ready to go live. I hope you enjoy it, I know I've enjoyed working on it. Come back later today when I reveal exactly what I've created with…Read more >
A lot of you who missed last season's Kitchen Nightmares finale featuring Amy's Baking Company from Scottsdale, Arizona; tuned in to see it repeated last night. And this will bring up the point of the title of the post in a minute.
The restaurant, as I pointed out, is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. When Ramsay came in, he noticed that the place was clean and the kitchen was clean...so nothing needed to be changed about that. But the owners, Amy and Samy Bouglazo, treated him like crap. They fought him every step of the way. They didn't like the Yelp criticism, or his criticism, or even the Facebook and Twitter criticism (which continues to this day). The only thing he didn't criticize was the desserts in the dessert case.
At dinner service that n…Read more >
Wheel of Fortune is where contestants fill in letters that are available in the puzzle. They have to spin the wheel and for each letter that appears in the puzzle, the contestant wins money to add into their bank account. If the player has at least $250, they can buy 1 of 5 vowels. Whether the vowel is or isn't in the puzzle, $250 deducted. If at anytime the player has enough information on what the puzzle might be, they can solve the puzzle. If the player successfully solves the puzzle, they get to keep how much money they earned at the end of the round.Read more >
I wanted to create an article like this for a while, but this is my inauguaral blog post, and I thought I'd make it on a topic that is often talked about in the WoF community.
For those of you that are reading this and are unfamiliar with the earlier days of the show, many years ago Wheel of Fortune used to have returning Champions. The Daytime version of the show had them for its entire run, and the Nighttime version had them from September 1989 to June 1996. Champions could return up to 3 days. The addition of returning champions was probably one of the best additions to the nighttime version of the show, and should still be around today.
Returning champions allowed people watching at home to learn more about the players, and their person…Read more >
For my first blog, I want to ask all the Wheel fans: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WHEEL MOMENT?Read more >
"They are actual litigants with a case pending in civil court."
These are the words that you hear at the top of every episode of The People's Court, whether your favorite judge is Joseph Wapner, the late great NYC Mayor Ed Koch, Judy's equally tough-talking hubby Jerry Sheindlin, or even the first female (and longest serving since this version began) Marilyn Milian.
Somehow it irritates me that some people will go so far as to say that the show is fake, just because it's not a real court. Sorry to break it to those critics..you're half-right, half-wrong. It is not a real court, but it is still RUN like a real court.
2 examples of this:
1. There was one clip on YouTube in particular of a defendant who DANCED his way into the courtroom and was ri…Read more >
As I was chatting with a fellow game show fan (won't say who) on IM regarding whether game shows can indeed be scripted, he reminded me scripted doesn't always mean rigged.
So, in essence, that means Pat's puzzle cards are "scripts", Alex's clue sheets are "scripts", Bob's/Drew's price tags are "scripts" (and for that matter, so is the pricing game line-up), etc. (I decided not to include those "million-dollar" game show question stacks, since we've had so many of those shows and players over the past decade)
Here's the problem...if game shows are indeed scripted, how come they're not like other genres, where we see the clapboard, and we hear the "Take 1" (click) and "Action!" from the director? And if it is scripted; are the hosts, hostesse…Read more >