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 >
A lot of us game show fans have our own favorite game show moments...from when John Carpenter became the first US Millionaire winner, to Nancy Christy becoming the first female US Millionaire winner, to Dan Avila's heart-breaking $2.2 million loss on Greed, to, of course, Ken Jennings' amazing 74 victories and $2.5 million + on Jeopardy!. At the same time, we've all seen the worst moments, from the Stempel-Van Doren scandal on Twenty One to Terri's heart-breaking $62,400 Wheel loss.
But the moment I am about to refer to not only fits the latter category, but has also been the most-talked about on social media. Yes, I am referring to the fiasco that is Thomas Hurley from Newtown, Connecticut (yes, the same place as the shootings). He was on Jeopardy! K…Read more >
[EDIT: The forum's back, in its Invision style...at least for now. But hey, I'll celebrate that! :) -Daniel Benfield (talk) 01:21, December 16, 2013 (UTC)]
As some of you may know, The Game Show Forum (not to be confused with Game Show Follies, despite the similar names and "GSF" initials) was created in 2003 as a "fresh start" after alt.tv.game-shows (ATGS) became progressively more of a frickin' cesspool. The last big thing that ATGS seems to have done is try to combat the then-recently-debuted Donny Osmond revival of Pyramid, resulting in a "I'm doing it my way." "Yeah, and you're doing it wrong." "Up yours." back-and-forth with the show's producer (who was that guy, again?) somewhat like that between ATGS and the jerks behind Extreme Gong…Read more >
As of this post...we are now 2, count 'em, TWO weeks away from the Big Day. And I've found on YouTube a lot of videos posted by users who claim the Big Guy is nothing but a big fat lie...and that angers me to no end. I am 30 years old, and I *still* believe in him. You can call me crazy, or nuts, or cuckoo (not for Cocoa Puffs); but don't call me stupid or dumb just because of my Santa beliefs.
Heck, there are people OLDER than me who still believe in him. You don't even have to be younger than me, or the same age as me, or even older than me; you just have to BELIEVE.
Let me tell you--if Santa were a lie, then so would be the original New York Sun editorial, which you can read here. That spawned an animated CBS special that launched in 2009…Read more >
OK, many of us who have had Game Show Network remember a domestic violence PSA where a man repeatedly hits his wife just because she prepared pizza for dinner...I mean, seriously; hitting a woman over preparing PIZZA for dinner?! THAT IS JUST WRONG! And even worse, the kid sitting on the stairs had to listen to all of this.
You can view the video here and here. (Note: Due to the graphic nature of this PSA, viewer discretion is advised)
Earlier this year in my neck of the woods, there was an anti-domestic violence rally; and the message was perfectly clear: You want to be called a man? Then you need to stop your abusive ways, AND YOU NEED TO STOP THEM NOW!
The message that the rally sent out was clear--you can call a guy many things, but when…Read more >
This post is in reponse to Otter Mii-kun's post about a so-called "Million Dollar Loss" when the contestant solved CORNER CURIO CABINET as CORNO CURIO CABINET..and as explained there, the guy lost out on the CHANCE at the million, not the million itself.
Here is yet another example of a misleading title, "lady loses 1 million dollars", to be exact. As you just saw in the video, she landed on the MDW and called a wrong letter. So she didn't lose out on the million, she lost out on the CHANCE at the million, let alone the right to pick it up.
As you can imagine, there have been comment wars on these videos about who's wrong and who isn't. I will assure you now--it is a complicated process, and it is explained in the Gameplay elements.
Once agai…Read more >
Recently, there has been a viral video about a contestant Wheel who supposedly lost $1,000,000, as implied by the video's title. The video footage consists of the end of Round 1 on September 17, 2013, where contestant Paul Atkinson picked up the Million-Dollar Wedge, then missolved CORNER CURIO CABINET by mispronouncing 'CORNER' as 'CORNO', and 'CURIO' as 'CURRO', thus disqualifying him from not only his turn, but another contestant ended up solving the puzzle and pronouncing the answer correctly, thus, removing the MDW that Paul had from play for the rest of the show. This incident is explained in further detail over at Misconceptions and Myths.
Personally, I hate it when people post videos with exaggerated claims, only for them to go viral,…Read more >
Because hey, last I checked this is a blog. :P
Browsing YouTube for classic Price Is Right stuff, I found this video by a user who shows pictures of his profile on Golden-Road.net. The rant is divided into three sections: the win-loss ratio of Gas Money, Stack the Deck, and That's Too Much (begins at :51); the overuse of "designer" prizes on the show almost if not every day (begins at 4:56); and the "fanbois" at Golden-Road, one user in particular (begins at 8:32).
First off, based on what I've seen and read, I really don't think Mike Richards is upset over all the times That's Too Much, Gas Money, and Stack the Deck have been lost. It seems that to him, a loss is a win because of what seems to be a "BIG PRIZE!!1!!1!!1!!!1!1!ELEVEN" mentality …Read more >
Most, if not all of us, remember Caitlin Burke's one-letter solve of "I HAVE A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS" from November 5, 2010 (yes, the night of the Charlie O'Donnell tribute). Well, out of all the videos of this particular puzzle posted on YouTube...there is one that is titled "Wheel of Fortune Scandal...lady solves 27 letter puzzle with just one letter".
I have a problem with that video's title...particularly one keyword, that being SCANDAL, which freaks me out as well as a bunch of other game show fans here. Now, when we think of this kind of word, it harkens us back to the Quiz Show Scandals of the 50s and 60s...where the contestants were given the answers to the questions ahead of time, and were even told how to answer the questions (r…Read more >
Yeah, we're going around this bend again. Twelve days ago, Gameshowsareforever posted this gem of a message to his special "Hate" page on the Game Shows Wiki. The message lashes out at Brandon Devers; Steve Harvey and the current Family Feud; and myself, John, and to an extent this Wiki.
The relevant portions to this Wiki are below, with all spelling, punctuation, etc. kept as it was in the message:
Oh and BTW, Daniel Benfield icluding your little friend here, STOP LEAVING S****Y A** MESSAGES ON YOUR WHEEL OF FORTUNE HISTORY WIKIA I already know that I'm (in our words) "PERMABANNED" from your site. I F**KING GET THE MESSAGE J**KA** also to let you know one again, even though that you don't give a F**K about it I won'tcome back to your site af…Read more >
The same poster who posted the photos of the merchandise on the Board games and other adaptations page, is the same one doing it at the Game Shows Wiki, of which I am also a member. Unfortunately, unlike this one, there is no set admin (which can be a problem, if you ask me; it's just like a restaurant--no head chef means chaos in the kitchen; likewise, no admin means chaos on the forum/wiki).
Now, whether he intended to improve the page is anyone's guess; but when Daniel noticed the photos (and also noticed they were illegally taken off eBay), you can bet he was not a happy camper.
Now, as Daniel mentioned on his own blog, as soon as I saw the Mattel reproduction of the 1998 game, I made the appropriate edits by looking at the picture as it…Read more >
If you've been regularly visiting this Wiki (and if so, thanks for the continued patronage :), you probably noticed the appearance of 41 pictures earlier tonight and their removal by me a little over six hours later.
My watchlist merely showed "Hey, there's been 41 pictures uploaded, some other stuff happened, and there's a message on your talk page." I went to my talk page first, mostly since the person who left it was someone new to the Wiki. The message, which didn't have its own header, was as follows (spelling and grammar unchanged):
hey, Daniel is it ok if I can upload all the board games pictures?, asuming if that's cool with you of course((Gameshowsareforever (talk) 18:22, February 4, 2013 (UTC))
I was going to respond by saying it wa…Read more >
Might I be the first to post my blog entry here on the Wheel of Fortune History Wiki? Well, the moment I stumbled upon this site, I've found some really interesting notes and facts about Wheel of Fortune throughout the years. Both network, and syndicated. I don't know what else to say.Read more >