I have to preface this by saying I didn’t see it on TV, but read about it after the fact. First, check out this clip from The Price is Right a few days ago.
If I were to watch that with no context I’d think, “Why the hell is Drew Carey so unmoved by this AMAZING EVENT that has only happened twice in the history of the show ever?” He must not be a great host! Guessing the price of a showcase is not an easy thing to do… and to get it exactly right? That’s freaking hard.
Or is it?
As it turns out, guessing the price may be hard but memorizing the prices of prizes isn’t. And that’s pretty much what happened. While the contestant, Terry, did in fact say the price to Bo…er, Drew and bid on it, a member of Golden-Road.net’s forums was at the taping and shouted out the correct answer when Terry was soliciting help from the audience.
The fascinating tale from Golden-Road is this: after Ted in the audience guessed the correct amount, taping of the show was stopped for a good 45 minutes while everyone figured out what in the world to do. In the end, Terry couldn’t be accused of cheating – lots of people listen to the audience, which is something I consider a strategic flaw on TPIR – but this was certainly a strange event. The consensus at that site, TV Squad, and Buzzerblog seems to be that Carey was just so suspicious of the situation that he couldn’t demonstrate excitement for it… or he just sucked.
I don’t think Carey sucks as a host at all, for the record. He’s holding his own. But this situation would be way hard to handle.
In researching this, I also learned two other exciting things. First, Buzzerblog exists – a pretty hardcore game show devotees’ blog. Second, Golden-Road.net, holy crap. Daily recaps of every show? Discussion on every single one? Talk about the show in general? That’s the internet right there.
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