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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

Wheel of Fortune's Best. Puzzle. Solve. Ever.

Thursday March 20, 2014
Big congrats today to Wheel of Fortune contestant Emil de Leon on what is one of the most amazing solves I've ever seen on the show. Emil did a great job throughout the entire episode, and when it came time for him to head to the Bonus Round it seemed like he had a solid chance to add to his winning total.

Of course things never play out as smoothly as you'd think on a game show, and in this case Emil ended up with only two letters in his three-word puzzle, even after selecting his own three consonants and a vowel. What happened next was crazy -- Emil solved the puzzle on his very first guess. Not only that, but he did it with only the 'N' and the 'E' in "NEW BABY BUGGY."

If you missed the episode you can catch this magic moment on YouTube. Emil ended up winning and additional $45,000, and you can bet that he'll be showing up on morning news shows and in newspaper features for the next few days. A well-deserved win, and a really surprising ending to last night's show!

Logo courtesy Sony Entertainment

Chu Win Some, Chu Lose Some

Thursday March 13, 2014
The whirlwind known as Arthur Chu has finally ended his run on Jeopardy!, banking an impressive total of $297,200 and quite a reputation amongst fans of the show.

Whether you love him or hate him, there's no denying that Arthur Chu is good at the game. You can't fault him for utilizing strategies like picking clues from seemingly random categories, or running all over the board in search of Daily Doubles. These aren't new concepts - plenty of past contestants have done this, some quite effectively. In Chu's case, it helped him to become one of the highest-winning contestants in regular game play that the show has ever seen.

Chu's demeanor is the other element that seemed to rub many fans the wrong way. I'll admit that I didn't really enjoy watching him play. While the goal of appearing on Jeopardy! is of course to win money, there needs to be some modicum of respect shown to the game and to Alex Trebek, and it seemed that this was lacking with Arthur Chu. More importantly though, it just didn't look like he was having a lot of fun.

At any rate, I want to congratulate Arthur Chu for his great game play and impressive winnings. We'll be seeing him again in future tournaments, no doubt.

Photo courtesy Jeopardy! Productions Inc.

Saying Goodbye: Game Show Host Geoff Edwards

Thursday March 6, 2014
This is the part of my job that I like the least - saying goodbye to game show hosts who have given us so much enjoyment over the years. Yesterday Geoff Edwards, who hosted Treasure Hunt, Jackpot, Starcade, Chain Reaction, and several other shows, passed away due to complications from pneumonia. He was 83 years old.

Edwards was a fantastic, fun, and efficient host, capturing the spirit of the 1970s with his shaggy hair and funky wardrobe. He was also a popular radio personality and worked with many familiar names including Wink Martindale and Jim Lange. He ventured into acting, appearing on numerous popular dramas and sitcoms such as Petticoat Junction and Diff'rent Strokes.

Later in his career Edwards transitioned to travel journalism, writing about his adventures and popping up on television to share them with viewers. He was also active and very popular on Facebook, where fans have been leaving messages and photos since hearing the news of his passing, creating a lovely memorial.

Geoff Edwards is survived by his wife, two children, two stepchildren, and nine grandchildren. He will be missed.

Drew Carey to Appear on Dancing With the Stars

Tuesday March 4, 2014
The cast for season 18 of Dancing With the Stars was announced this morning and amongst the lineup is The Price is Right host Drew Carey. Carey will be paired up with professional dancer Cheryl Burke, though there's a twist this season that will see the celebs switch partners halfway through.

I stopped watching DWTS many seasons ago, but it might be worth tuning in this time, at least for a few weeks, just to see how Carey does. At least we know that he'll have lots of fun with it.

Dancing With the Stars premieres season 18 on Monday, March 17th at 8pm Eastern, on ABC.

Photo courtesy CBS

Big Brother Canada Premieres March 5th

Friday February 28, 2014
Big Brother Canada will premiere its second season on March 5th, at 9pm Eastern, on the Slice network. For the premiere only, the show will also air concurrently on Global TV. The show is almost exactly like the American version of the show, except of course with Canadian contestants. The prize is a little smaller too.

The houseguests have already moved into the house, which means that the "mystery houseguest" is likely known to the contestants. If I had to take a guess, I'd wager that the mystery hamster is probably someone from last season's cast, and it's very likely that it's Gary who is coming back since he was effectively screwed out of a win last season because of one person's stupid mistake in voting.

If you're a fan, don't forget to tune in on March 5th, and you can also catch the Big Brother Side Show every Thursday at 10pm. Big Brother After Dark is also returning for this season.

Jeopardy's Battle of the Decades, 1990s Week

Friday February 28, 2014
Jeopardy! continues its Battle of the Decades tournament on March 3rd, when 90s week kicks off. 15 more players from the past will return to the podiums to challenge the board and the buzzer for Jeopardy! glory. The contestants returning to the show include:
  • Monday, March 3rd: Eddie Timanus, Babu Srinivasan, and Rachel Schwartz
  • Tuesday, March 4th: Pam Mueller, Dan Melia, and Fritz Holznagel
  • Wednesday, March 5th: Shane Whitlock, Bob Harris, and Robin Carroll
  • Thursday, March 6th: Claudia Perry, Mark Dawson, and Dave Abbott
  • Friday, March 7th: Brad Rutter, Mike Dupee, and Jill Bunzendahl-Chimka
Following this week of tournament play, 2000s week will air starting at the end of March and into the beginning of April. Then, the winners of these rounds return to finish out the tourney in May.

Don't forget to tune in, as this week will feature some heavy hitters and is bound to serve up some great Jeopardy game play. If you missed the first round (80s week), it's lots of fun to see the contestants catching up with Alex Trebek and hearing both their memories of the show, and what has happened to them since they were first on it.

Photo courtesy Jeopardy! Productions Inc.
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