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Go back to Season 7 or forward to Season 12?

These were cluttering up the main subpage, but none of them really had enough for a page on their own and I knew Season 12 would need its own sub-subpage given how much GSN aired the thing. Hence, this sub-subpage contains Seasons 8-11...only one of which has actually been shown by GSN.

LEGAL STUFF SO I DON'T GET SUED: I'm only linking to these videos, none of which were uploaded by me, for the purposes of research and as a public record. Footage ©1990-94 Califon Productions/Merv Griffin Entertainment and associated entities.

Season 8 (1990-91)Edit

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September 3, 1990 - June 14, 1991

The road-show diamond backdrops become permanent at home base; the score displays become connected, with seven digits and an adjusting dollar sign; and the floor is now black (daytime retains the chevron backdrops and white floor). The Wheel's lights are brighter, and the bottom layer flashes clockwise in sync with the others (it previously went counterclockwise). The new backdrops also result in an outgoing/returning champ's total being flashed onscreen like the post-Bonus Round total.

Sometime between September 11 and December 25, the rule for picking up Prizes or the Free Spin is altered to require a correct letter first. Sometime between September 11 and January, the W-H-E-E-L envelope holder gets a thick golden ring around it; the Merv Griffin Enterprises graphic returns to its old animated form with "A unit of Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc." underneath; and the King World logo adopts its familiar "spotlights" animation, where the logo starts just as the bars cross and the triangle flips to form the star.

Sometime between September 11 and January 25, Prizes stay on the Wheel past the round they're introduced in. The chevrons behind Pat get some lights sometime between April 16 and May 14.

Outside of Season 3, I'm pretty sure this is the rarest season prior to Nancy's departure. Much like Season 3, the seven episodes listed below are all that's known to circulate.

New Categories: Clue in October, Title/Author at...some point.
Repeat Weeks: December 31-January 4, April 8-12.
GSN Repeat Dates: N/A as of yet.

1990

  • September 10, 1990 (#S-1371: Gemini/Julia/Mark; taped from what appears to be WABC {which just picked up the show from WCBS} with commercials {including one for Citrus Hill orange juice that goes out of its way to not show the logo of the "leading brand", which resembles Tropicana; of course, everyone knows that such taste tests can and do swap the glasses around...}, ends just as King World logo appears {alternate copy, same source but no commercials})
  • September 11, 1990 (#S-1372: Dede/Don/Gemini; taped from what appears to be WABC with commercials, ends during eligibility disclaimer {alternate copies, same source: #1a and #1b, by the original uploader; #2, no commercials}; NES Action Set plug, with Jeopardy! and Wheel video games)
1991
2nd W-H-E-E-L Envelope Holder

  • January 1991 (KHOU "Wheel is Gonna Get Ya!" promo with clips from Seasons 6-8 {and possibly 5 as well})
  • January 9-10 or 16-17, 1991 (#S-14??/Tricia Gist fills in {Wednesday or Thursday}: Ken/Shelly/Patti, with the gold-ringed envelope holder; begins at "Fortune!" part of chant, VCR counter in upper-right corner throughout)
  • January-May 1991 (Monday: most of closing segment, with Pat's comments indicating that Vanna has been gone for a week; weekend repeat from March 7, 1992, with commercials and that night's Florida Lotto drawing)
    • [Wheel has one Prize wedge. I don't see any lights on the chevrons.]
  • January-May 1991 (begins just before fee plugs; WFTV weekend repeat from May 23, 1992, with commercials and that night's Florida Lotto drawing)
    • [I don't see any lights on the chevrons.]

Season 9 (1991-92)Edit

September 2, 1991 - June 12, 1992

The contestant's Bonus Round letter choices become blue, and the blue Wheel wedges become teal. Bizarrely, "A unit of Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc." is removed from the Enterprises graphic.

New Categories: Foreign Word(s) by March 26 (the singular version is known to have debuted by May 8), Foreign Phrase likely around the same time.
Road Shows: Disneyland in Anaheim, California (September 2-6; the regular puzzle board is used); Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago, Illinois (September 30-October 11); Disney/MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida (October 28-November 22, April 27-May 22).
Repeat Weeks: December 30-January 3, April 20-24.
GSN Repeat Dates: N/A as of yet.

1991

  • September 3, 1991 (#S-1562/Teen Week, Day 2: Gary/Jason/Jimmie; has commercials)
  • September 6, 1991 (#S-1565/Teen Week, Finale Monica/Jason/Mardell; begins at the end of the contestant interviews)

1992

  • February 1992
  • February 28, 1992 (#S-1685/Watch and Win Sweepstakes, Day 15?; closing segment, with commercials)
  • March 13, 1992 (#S-1695/Watch and Win Sweepstakes, Day 10; closing segment, taped from WFTV with commercials)
  • March 18?, 1992 (#S-1698?/Watch and Win Sweepstakes, Day 13?: Jim/Glenn/Bennett, "contest" version; airdate is the most likely one per available info {alternate copy})
  • March 26?, 1992 (#S-1704?: Don/Gary/Renee, with Pat forgetting to announce the Round 3 category until after the first spin, the first known appearance of a "Foreign" category, and a full credit roll; begins near end of Round 2, no fee plugs {alternate copy of closing segment})
  • May 6, 1992 (#S-1728/Walt Disney World, Day 8: Sherry/Nancy/Scott, with the THE SOUL OF WIT puzzle; taped from WPVI with commercials, including a graphic of that day's Pennsylvania Lottery numbers)
  • May 7, 1992 (#S-1729/Walt Disney World, Day 9: Shane/Nancy/Connie; begins about halfway through opening {alternate copy from Shane's website})
  • May 8, 1992 (#S-1730/Walt Disney World, Day 10: Florence/Duncan/Shane; muffle-y audio {alternate copy from Shane's website})
  • May 18, 1992 (#S-1736/Walt Disney World, Day 16: Joe/Shane/Peter, with Vanna saying that Charlie told her the biggest winner ever had $143,046...which is wrong; ends just before fee plugs {alternate copy from Shane's website}
  • May 22, 1992 (#S-1740/Walt Disney World, Finale; taped from WFTV with commercials, begins at very end of Bonus Round segment)
  • 1992 (Maryann/?/?, closing segment with Pat mentioning that they had a BISCUITS AND GRAVY {or BISCUITS & GRAVY} puzzle "last week" and that Maryann will be back "tomorrow"; weekend repeat from March 13, 1993, with commercials)

Season 10 (1992-93)Edit

September 7, 1992 - June 18, 1993

Many cosmetic changes: the fourth version of "Changing Keys" (the closing segment alternates between this and the 1989 version), the "dancing wedges"/"fashion show"/"party" opening (yes, I mention the word "party"...after all, it's an anniversary; so it calls for a party, right?), the "burst" contestant backdrops (the diamond ones are retained for road shows), the "clear block" towers behind the Bonus Round prizes and contestants, and the High Rollers chimes for Clue, Where Are We?, and Fill In the Blank.

Further, some Quotation and "decade" categories (as well as the occasional "regular" categories) are followed by questions asked by Charlie for a $1,000 bonus. These are preceded by a set of low-pitched beeps and are only for the contestant who solves the puzzle.

For the big occasion, the show features two promos with a remix of the "I'm a Wheel Watcher" song (see below): One with a montage of clips from their previous promos by doubling the Wheel's base and handles as a film projector with the spinning sound imitating the spinning of a film reel (again, it's a big occasion, so it makes sense), and the other with clips from the show itself as well as people singing the song.

For the first two weeks, the base of the W-H-E-E-L envelope holder changes from this to this.

September 21 debuts a new, sturdier W-H-E-E-L podium with lights that flash if the Bonus Round is won, and light-up red letters which turn off when an envelope is selected at the sound of a chime (high-pitched at home base, low-pitched on road shows). At the same time, the center Wheel rug gets a golden border.

Surprise debuts on October 5, although its first week uses a narrow, plain Helvetica-ish font. The category chyron/prize value/credits/etc. font changes to the same narrow Helvetica-ish font for the first week of 1993, and then to Gill Sans by February 25, with road shows retaining the Helvetica style through Season 12 (with this font change, the rules disclaimer and Vanna and Pat's wardrobe credits "wipe in").

February 8-26 are the first Red-Letter Sweepstakes, which features a Red-Letter Puzzle in Round 3 that viewers at home unscramble.

Sony now owns Merv Griffin Enterprises, which adds "a Sony Pictures Entertainment company" to the Enterprises logo; on October 26, Charlie's closing spiel changes to "Merv Griffin Enterprises produces...Wheel of Fortune!", said over the title/copyright card, complete with drum roll in the background, with the King World logo getting its own music (the logo starts with the spotlights crossed, which then uncross as the music begins and then cross again and freeze as the music ends).

On April 1, the Enterprises logo becomes a gold griffin statue in front of the cloudy background used by Columbia Pictures Television, TriStar Television, and Columbia-TriStar Television, with the "Merv Griffin Enterprises" text and "Sony Pictures Entertainment Company" byline in the same Bank Gothic MD font as the aforementioned logos.

New Categories: Slang on September 7, Where Are We? at...some point, the "decade" categories by October 26, (Fill In the) Blank by December 25, Artist/Song by April 26.
Retired Categories: Foreign Word(s)/Phrase, around September 14; I doubt they made it to October.
Road Shows: Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California (November 2-6/23-27); Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center in Pennsylvania (November 9-20); Wang Center in Boston, Massachusetts (May 10-21).
Repeat Weeks: January 4-8, April 12-16.
GSN Repeat Dates: October 1997-October 1998 (sweepstakes references and King World logo edited out; the latter of which is replaced with the Columbia Tri-Star Television logo with Charlie announcing the company's name).

1992

  • December 24, 1992 (10th-Anniversary Promo #1, featuring a montage of clips of previous promos including the "Wheelies" and kids' promos; taped from WFAA)
  • September 1992 (10th-Anniversary Promo #2, long version featuring clips from the first decade as well as people singing "I'm A Wheel Watcher"; taped from CKCK)
  • September 1992 (Promo for Tyco's Wheel and Jeopardy! board games)

12-wedge Wheel envelope holder gets new wedges and colors (see above)

  • September 15, 1992 (#S-1762 {"Let's have a What Will Pat Wear Tonight? campaign, what do you say?"}: Jude/Clayton/Jennifer, with the first known appearance of a "normal category bonus question" and a full credit roll; taped from GSN {alternate copies of final segment from original broadcast, including plugs for Jeopardy! and Wheel video games for the SNES and Saga Sega Genesis but no fee plugs: #1, #2})

New open (low-level pan from $25,000 sign to contestant area during chant, with players walking into place), new W-H-E-E-L envelope podium

  • September 29, 1992 (#S-1772/Teen Week I, Day 2: Courtney/Natalie/Angie, with the Helvetica font throughout, a blue border around the Speed-Up split-screen, and a full credit roll; taped from GSN {alternate copy})
  • September 30, 1992 (#S-1773/Teen Week I, Day 3: Doug/Shelli/Jasdeep, with Pat making a rare reference to Nickname and using Vanna's dress as a cup holder; here's the kicker{-in-the-crotch} – the episode's complete, including a promo before the show, but almost everything not related to Doug is sped up past the point of being watchable because hey, nobody wants to watch that, right?)
  • October 2, 1992 (#S-1775/Teen Week I, Finale – Pat screws up the top value for Round 2 {"I'm generous with other people's money."}, a $20,000 college annuity uses the traditional logo {in the current font?}, and Danica McKellar appears to...not do much of anything except make Pat and Vanna plug The Wonder Years, really; audio/video is a bit off for opening segment {alternate copy, ends just before Enterprises logo but since it's the same uploader as the 9/30 show there's speedups aplenty})
Surprise debuts
Original Surprise Wedge

October 5-9.

  • October 5, 1992 (#S-1776: Rob/Jennifer/Chris, with some great comedic timing after Round 1 and a pretty hard Bonus Round thwarted; taped from GSN in late 1997, with commercials)

San Francisco

  • November 2, 1992 (#S-1796/San Francisco Week, Day 1: Richie/Donna/Jim, with no dollar signs on the scoreboards {reminds me of the early Wheel 2000 tapings, actually}, a very infamous Round 2, and a promo for the next three weeks; taped from GSN)

San Francisco (again)

  • November 25, 1992 (#S-1813/Soap Opera College Challenge, Day 3: Jason/Scott Reeves {The Young and the Restless}/Frank Dicopoulos {Guiding Light}, with the FOG HORN bonus puzzle that should've been one word)
  • November 26, 1992 (#S-1814/Soap Opera College Challenge, Day 4: Fiona Hutchison {Guiding Light}/Lauralee Bell {The Young and the Restless}/Chico {alternate copy: Round 1 only})

Back to Television City; pan changes to begin at the puzzle board

  • December 9, 1992 (#S-1823 {"That would make a nice honeymoon for one of you guys, just occurred to me...kind of a themed show."}: David/John/Chris, with Pat making an odd-in-hindsight comment just before Round 4; taped from GSN, begins with a brief Price Is Right clip and ends with two Enterprises logos for some reason {alternate copy})
  • December 23, 1992 (#S-1833/Family Week, Day 3: Javhar & Rashaunah/Tom & Cathy/Gary & Shari {alternate copy of Bonus Round})
  • December 25, 1992 (#S-1835/Family Week, Finale; taped from GSN's "12 Games of Christmas" marathon in December 2000 with Betty White host segments and a Hollywood Showdown "new season" promo {alternate copies, taped from GSN circa December 2001: #1; #2; #3; #4a and #4b, dated 9/29})

1993
All chyrons change to Gill Sans; eligibility disclaimer and wardrobe credits wipe in

  • February 25, 1993 (#S-1874/Red Letter Sweepstakes, Day 14: Greg/Gordon/Larry, with the BUTTINSKY round {alternate copy of said round})
  • May 1993 (Clip of a player supposedly cheating {uh, yeah, no, what's there is just "playing the game"}; either the uploader has no idea what Standards & Practices are, or they're just plain trying to get views/comments by using such a term – if you disagree with the player's tactics, that's fine, but don't go calling it something it's clearly not!)

Wipes removed from wardrobe plugs

Season 11 (1993-94)Edit

September 6, 1993 - June 17, 1994

The opening is slightly altered to remove the "10th Anniversary" graphic and add a closed-captioning bug in the bottom-right corner. The Red-Letter Puzzles debut by November 12, while February 7-18 are the Gold Letter Sweepstakes.

For this season, the 1989 "Changing Keys" opens and closes every road show except Family Week (which uses Mannheim Steamroller's rendition of "Deck the Halls" in the opening and the 1992 "Changing Keys" in the credits) and Music Stars Week (which uses the opening version of the 1989 theme for the only time since the end of Season 9).

Weekend repeats of this season only feature Charlie's voice as he says the "Created by Merv Griffin" credit (which is heard in full credit rolls once the aforementioned credit appears on screen), before seguing into the Columbia-TriStar Television and King World spiels.

New Categories: The "new" (three question marks) Fill In the Blank, around January.
Road Shows: Disney/MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida (December 20-24, April 4-22, May 2-6/16-20); James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida (February 21-March 4).
Repeat Weeks: December 27-31, March 28-April 1.
GSN Repeat Dates: N/A as of yet.

1994

$25,000 Sign in Wheel Credits 1993

November 12.

  • January 1994 (#S-20?? {Thursday}: RAYMOND TAYLOR/Steve/Dianne; begins as Pat recaps Steve's total, ends during Enterprises logo)
  • January 1994 (#S-20?? {Friday}: ? {female}/? {female}/RAYMOND TAYLOR; montage including Speed-Up and Bonus Round)
  • March 11, 1994 (#S-2080: Bob/Dan/Robin {taped 2/10/94}, with a likely-accidental {but how?} triple-buzz in the Bonus Round; begins right before "Of!" in opening chant, fee plugs cut out, decent video and audio, ends during Enterprises "page flip" transition)
  • March 14, 1994 (#S-2081: Deborah/Bob/Tony {taped 2/11/94}, with the 1992 theme in the credits; begins just as Pat walks up to his area, end of Round 4 cut out)
  • May 3, 1994 (#S-2112/Music Stars, Day 2: "Weird Al" Yankovic/Tammy Wynette/Gladys Knight {alternate copies: #1a, #1b, and #1c; #2, focused on Tammy only})
  • May 6, 1994 (#S-2115/Music Stars, Finale: Lee Greenwood/James Brown & Little Richard/"Weird Al" Yankovic, with a reference to the shopping era and an appearance by Marilyn Horne {alternate copies: #1; #2a, #2b, and #2c; #3; B&W version to prevent being the latest victim of the Sony purge})

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