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The Price is Right Celebrates 8000 Episodes

Monday April 7, 2014
April 7th marks the 8000th episode of The Price is Right, which is a pretty impressive milestone! Today's episode will feature clips from the past, highlighting some of the other milestones that the show has enjoyed. For example:
  • Almost 70,000 contestants have "Come on down" to play
  • 2.4 million people have seen the show taped live
  • More than a quarter of a billion dollars (that's billion) has been given away in cash and prizes
The games featured on the show will be ones that appeared on the 1000th, 2000th, 3000th, 4000th, 5000th, and 7500th episodes, along with Plinko (of course). Prizes include trips to Thailand and Hawaii and new cars.

One thing I love about The Price is Right is that they know how to celebrate, and this episode is no exception. Happy 8000th, TPIR!

Photo courtesy CBS

Happy 50th Birthday, Jeopardy!

Sunday March 30, 2014
As Jeopardy! celebrates its 30th season in syndication, with Alex Trebek at the helm for all 30, another anniversary for the show is being celebrated today.

The original run of Jeopardy! with Art Fleming as host debuted on NBC on March 30th, 1964. At the time, quiz shows were out of favor and Fleming was not known as a game show host. But somehow the show survived for several years. After its cancellation it returned for another short run, before finally settling in to the version we've all been watching for decades.

As I told Todd Leopold of CNN, one of the reasons for the show's success is that it doesn't need gimmicks. If you watched it back in the 1960s, you'd still recognize it today. Even still, Jeopardy! has always embraced both new technology and new ideas, keeping it current and classic at the same time.

So, Happy Birthday Jeopardy! May you have many, many more.

Photo courtesy Jeopardy! Productions Inc.

Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades Continues With 00s Week

Saturday March 29, 2014
The last of the preliminary rounds in the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades starts on Monday, with what promises to be five days of exciting action. We've already seen some excellent showings from the first two rounds, and I know that you'll all recognize a lot of the names in this one.

Here's what the schedule looks like for round three, airing March 30th through April 4th:
  • Monday: Colby Burnett, Celeste DiNucci, Tom Nissley
  • Tuesday: Vijay Balse, Roger Craig, Stephanie Jass
  • Wednesday: Tom Kavanaugh, Larissa Kelly, Russ Schumacher
  • Thursday: Michael Falk, Ken Jennings, Vinita Kailasanath
  • Friday: Dan Pawson, Maria Wenglinsky, Keith Whitener
The winners of each game will move on to the next round - there are no wild cards in this tournament. The quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals will air from May 5th to 16th. I can't wait to see how this all turns out!

Photo courtesy Jeopardy! Productions Inc.

Casting Call: The Chase

Monday March 24, 2014
One of my favorite GSN game shows ever, The Chase, is now casting -- which of course means that another season is coming up. Yay!

If you're interested in appearing on the show (and you have mad trivia skills), you can apply in one of two ways. First, you can visit ChaseCasting.com and hit the "More Information" button to find out how to submit a video application. If you go this route you'll need to have a Google/Gmail account. Then you can either upload a pre-recorded video, or create one on the spot using your webcam. (I recommend pre-recording, just so you can be sure that you don't make mistakes or forget anything.) There are a number of things that must be included in your video so be sure to read the instructions carefully and follow them exactly.

The other way to apply is to attend an open casting call. The call dates and locations are as follows:
  • March 29th, Los Angeles
  • April 5th, Washington D.C.
  • April 5th, Austin, Texas
  • April 12th, New York City
  • April 19th, San Francisco
  • April 19th, Chicago
To register for one of these dates and to get more information, visit The Chase casting site and click on "Register Now." You'll have the opportunity to watch a video of the show so you'll know what you're getting yourself into.

I highly recommend trying out for The Chase - it's a really fun show, and by all accounts it's a fabulous experience to be a contestant. Good luck to all who apply - tell them that About.com Game Shows sent you!

Photo courtesy GSN

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