My love affair with TPIR began as a pre-schooler circa 1981, when daily viewings featured a dark-haired Bob Barker and Johnny Olson as the announcer. The guys in the crowd still wore suits and ties. The women contestants wore dresses. Everything was orange, brown, and red. Holly was so pretty.
|TPIR Cast 1981 (Lto R) Announcer Johnny Olson, Model Dian Parkinson, Host Bob Barker, Model Janice Pennington, Model Holly Hallstrom|
As the years rolled on, I did my best throughout grade school to fake sick as often as possible, just so I could see someone play Plinko for the chance to win up to $25,000! Those people were so damn lucky. But, please tell me why there are $0 slots surrounding the big money slot? Can't we put 50 bucks in there or something?
In college, I scheduled my classes around the TWO showings of episodes during the day. Hell yes...Lawrence, KS falls into 2 TV markets with 2 CBS affiliates. This offered a lot of scheduling flexibility. Heaven on Earth.
|TPIR host Drew Carey|
When Bob Barker retired and Drew Carey became the host, I was sad for losing the traditional classic Price I knew and loved...but excited for what Drew would bring to the show. Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Drew Carey Show were constantly on my TV during college. Huge fan. The past couple of years were transitional...but it seems now like the show has finally entered a new era that makes this TPIR fan oh so happy.
|Guest TPIR announcer Jeff B. Davis|
New pricing games, new sets and graphics that look awesome in HD, new prizes, and new announcers. There have been a ton of changes lately, but I am loving it all. A lot of TPIR fans have been unhappy since Rich Fields contract wasn't renewed, but I must disagree. The show is fun and relevant again. Drew's excitement and interaction with contestants is fun to watch, and announcer Jeff Davis jumping in bounce houses and popping out of kids' sleigh beds makes the show very entertaining.
If you haven't seen the changes yet, call in sick to work tomorrow. You won't be sorry.
By the way...I figured out the secret of how to win the new $100,000 game "Pay the Rent"...now this girl needs to go get on the show so I can come on down.