Who is Heir to the Throne
- April 17
The Block Party is here to answer the biggest question
in the world of Game Shows...who will replace Bob Barker
next September on Season 36 of the longest running Game
Show....the Price is Right.
As of this writing, the rumored announced date of
Barker's replacement will be May 16, 2007 when CBS does
the Fall Upfronts for September 2007 (for those not in
the TV business...that is when CBS will announce its
fall schedule to the press and to the network
affiliates.) The announcement is being awaited by both
the press and the fan community alike.
What I am going to do is rank them in my opinion from
least likely to who I think will get the job. Again,
this is my opinion and I am taking into effect the 9
candidates who have been rumored to get the job or who
have auditioned in front of a live audience, not people
who I personally would like to see there. So here we go.
9. DAVE PRICE
PROS: Funny, jovial weatherman (see what happened with
CONS: No real hosting experience, audition tape said to
be awful. Lack of name recognition.
Although Daves Price is Right would have been a cool
name....his audition tape was rumored to have been so
bad that it knocked him out of the competition. Les
Moonves on CBS was very high on him in the beginning,
but after seeing the tape, it was over. No chance.
8. MIKE RICHARDS
PROS: Hosted "Beauty and the Geek"
CONS: Who? Very little name recognition.
Mikes hosting experience on the show may have got his
name thrown in the hat...but very few people know him
outside of the CW show. No chance.
7. ROSIE ODONNELL
PROS: Huge Q rating, legit game show fan, hosting
CONS: Too controversial for a middle of the road daytime
While this choice could be interesting (Rosie has wanted
to host a game show for YEARS), especially with the Don
Imus situation just simmering down, CBS/Moonves and
Fremantle do not want another press nightmare to handle
down the road. No chance again, but if Rosie had behaved
herself...this COULD have happened.
6. DOUG DAVIDSON
PROS: Hosted The New Price is Right in 1994
CONS: Hosted The New Price is Right in 1994, very little
name recognition outside of soaps.
Doug had his shot at the brass ring...and well...didnt
do so hot. Whether it was the game or the changing of
the format...it just wasnt his day. He has done some
game shows, but this isnt his time. Very dark horse.
5. MARK STEINES
PROS: Very high recognition factor.
CONS: Hosting experience limited to one game show.
While Steines is rumored to be in the top three....I
dont put him there. He is a good looking guy, but his
experience is very, very limited. Will they give to a
total unknown in the hosting world....probably not.
Outside shot at best.
4. MARIO LOPEZ
PROS: Hosted game and reality shows before, very high
likeability factor. Well known
CONS: A little young for the hosting job, not enough
Lopez is a fine choice, but his hosting experience has
been B-List shows..and his game show experiences have
been limited to kid-based shows and animal acts. This is
not a criticism of his hosting skills, I just dont
think his hosting experience is enough to put him in the
upper echelon. Outside shot at best.
3. GEORGE HAMILTON
PROS: Skews towards the age group CBS is looking for,
massive name recognition, hosting experience.
CONS: Show Killer....doesnt take the show seriously.
Now this one puzzles me...and I like George, but this
one scares me. He was horrible as the host of "The
Family", but I think CBS is seeing the Q-Factor and not
the hosting experience. If they do this, the show dies
within a year. But I say the odds are 50-50 he gets the
2. JOHN OHURLEY
PROS: Class Act, Proven Game Show Host, brings an air of
respectability to anything he touches.
CONS: Will Fremantle let him go from Feud to host Price?
Here we go. A class host who was the best thing about
the revival of "To Tell The Truth", has resurrected a
dying show in "Family Feud" and really would be a great
choice to host the show. However, will the company let
him go? Not sure. If I were Fremantle, he would be my
backup to my #1 choice. But he wont get the job...
1. TODD NEWTON
PROS: HUGE fan of the show itself, attended multiple
tapings, hosts the live show in Vegas, has vast hosting
experience, huge fanbase in the game show community.
CONS: Can he handle the pressure if given the gig? Not
as well known outside the community...
Of the candidates mentioned, Todd has everything. He has
a passion for game shows like none of the other 8. He
has hosted "Whammy", "Hollywood Showdown" , "Powerball
Instant Millionaire" and others. He SHOULD have been the
host of "Gameshow Marathon" and has had very few
negative spots..."Made In the USA" notwithstanding. He
is 37, and by all rights, should be the heir to the
throne...Will CBS do the right thing and give him the
long microphone... I do. He gets the gig.
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