Television’s longest-running game show, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, celebrates 7,000 episodes on CBS today.
Expect big prizes and the number 7,000 to have a recurring theme throughout the episode. Games played will include those played on the very first episode, and there will also be a showcase designed to “remake” the very first showcase offered on the very first episode from September 4, 1972, with updated prizes that reflect today’s tastes and trends.
That first showcase featured a pair of roller skates, an exercise bike and a Mazda 808 sedan. The total value for that showcase — believe it or not — was just $2504.
How times have changed. One of the prizes, for example, offered in today’s “remake” is a Segue vehicle, which take the place of the roller skates. One can only imagine what they plan to do for a car.
As of the 7,000th show, nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in prizes to almost 62,000 contestants has been given away. In addition, over two million people have been welcomed to the studio audience. The contestants have ranged in age from 18 to 99 years old, and from all 50 states, as well as multiple countries. The phrase “A new car!” has been shouted over 15,000 times and over 7,000 cars have been given away. The 7,000th episode will also be host Carey’s 415th episode and announcer Rich Fields’ 1,001st episode.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT is now in its 38th season, and Drew Carey is in his third as host, following in the footsteps of Bob Barker, who retired in 2007 after hosting the show for 35 years.
Rich Fields became the announcer in 2004, succeeding Rod Roddy, who began announcing the show in 1986. Roddy took over from Johnny Olson, who was the announcer from 1972 until his death in 1985.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT airs weekdays at 11:00am, followed by LIVE 5 NEWS AT NOON.