A Change Will Do You
Good--Or Will It? - August 7
If you have been under a rock the last week, Drew Carey
is the new host of "The Price is Right." Last week, I
went into why I think Todd Newton got hosed. This week,
we will delve into the potential and confirmed changes
that are already in process for the game show
1. Syd Vinnedge jumps ahead of Roger Dobkowitz to
become Executive Producer. Now...for me this jumps
out at me. The last time he executive produced a show
was "Wordplay" in 1986. I personally think that
Dobkowitz being there since day 1 should have given him
some power...but I think that the bean counters at
Fremantle thought it would be easier to bring someone
from the inside of Fremantle instead of moving Roger up.
This is bad. I think Roger would have made the
transition for Drew easier...but maybe in the position
he is in now, that Roger will guide Drew with a more
hands on approach.
2. Drew Carey, in an Access Hollywood interview
claims TPIR will go on the road visiting major markets.
This would be a MAJOR coup if it happens. For years,
TPIR wanted to do an East coast run in New York City,
but due to scheduling and Bob's health, they couldn't do
it. Imagine if you will...a week of shows from
Cleveland...Drew's hometown! A week from NYC...from
Chicago and other places. This would be the best thing
to a) introduce Drew to the rest of the country and b)
bring TPIR to places it never went before. I have read
message boards claiming this move would "be the end" of
the show and "They will never watch again." Please. It
works for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. And it will
work here, if tried out. Get a grip, put on the big girl
underpants and move on.
3. Bob Barker, in an Access Hollywood Interview
states that Drew Carey will do the "Spay/Neuter" plug
after every show.
In a nice bit of class by Drew, he volunteered to do
this. That shows that he understands what Bob and that
cause meant and still means to the show.
4. Finally, there have been rumors that set pieces
will be rebuilt and touched up, and the theme song will
be remixed in stereo by the song writer Edd Kalehoff.
This, I hope, will be in advance of TPIR finally going
into the 21st century...and HD Broadcasting. As you may
or may not know, TPIR shoots it's shows with HD Cameras,
but doesn't show it in HD...yet. We all have to get
digital tuners/TVs by 2009....so this could be the first
step for show going into HD. It works for Jeopardy and
Wheel! It should for this.
As we approach the first week of tape dates, a lot of
changes are on the horizon for the show. It really bugs
me that people have been claiming that TPIR died on June
15 when Bob left. Again, I may not like Drew Carey as
much as other people do. But I am not going to wish the
show's failure because I didn't get what I wanted.
As the Sheryl Crow song says, "A change will do you
good." Only time will tell, if the changes that are
happening at Studio 33 will be good for us--the fans.
You agree or disagree? Fire me off a letter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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