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Winnipegger big winner on TPiR!

Jan. 25th 2011

Angelina (contestant on The Price is Right, Friday, 1/21/11) was profiled in the Winnipeg Free Press this weekend!

Angelina Goertzen, a 30-year-old WestJet flight attendant and newly published author of a children’s book, was called from the audience to ‘Contestants’ Row’ by host Drew Carey, made it all the way to Showcase Showdown and then won the grand prize.

She won the showdown, a package that included a boat and a trip to Mexico, when she guessed the value at $23,000 and the actual price was $25,130.

Goertzen will take the trip to Mexico, but is taking a cash reward of just over $20,000 because the boat and other smaller prizes can’t be shipped.

“I’m very happy about that. I didn’t know what I was going to do with the boat — I live in an apartment and don’t have a cottage,” she said.

Goertzen plans to use the winnings for a down payment on a condo in Winnipeg.

But prize or not, the chance to play and meet Carey was a thrill in itself.

“Even if they sent me $20, the experience is worth it enough.”

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TPiR coming to Boxee in 2011!

Jan. 9th 2011

Thanks to a new agreement on the part of CBS, Boxee users will be able to stream The Price is Right later this year over their HTPC devices. Graeme McMillan from Time’s Techland writes:

It appears that CBS boss Les Moonves wasn’t joking when he said that CBS was willing to talk to streaming VoD companies, as long as the price was right: relatively minor VoD company Boxee has announced that it will start selling individual episodes of CBS shows later this year.

The announcement was made at CES, and marks the first content deal between Boxee and a television network. On the company blog, a statement said,

“We have signed an agreement with CBS that will give Boxee users the ability to purchase full episodes from CBS starting later this year. We are excited about the opportunity to work with a major network on offering premium content to Boxee users, as well as create new revenue opportunities for both sides. As part of the deal, users will have the ability to purchase hit CBS television shows both current (The New Hawaii Five-O) and old (hello MacGyver!).”

For those of you who don’t know, Boxee is “is a cross-platform freeware HTPC (Home Theater PC) software application with a 10-foot user interface and social networking features designed for the living-room TV.” Essentially a mini computer that can take downloaded programs and send them to your TV so you can kick back and watch them– whenever you want to watch them!

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Where is Rich Fields?

Dec. 28th 2010

A question the blog has been asked numerous times.

I’ll let a press release from the man himself earlier this season tell the story.

I am now able to confirm to you that I will not be returning to The Price is Right for season 39.

I have been given the “OK” from the show’s executive producer Mike Richards and Fremantle executive Jen Mullen to inform you as to their plans for my now vacated position.

Mike and Jen have told me that they will be holding on-air auditions to fill the announcer position with… an improv comic. Yep, you heard right.

Mike explained to me that he loves having the “house bands” and “live performers” all the time on TPIR and that he hopes to make it more of a “variety show within a game show”. He believes that having a comedian at the announcer’s position from now on will enhance this new change in direction.

I wish them the best of luck with season 39 and beyond. I really do. I don’t want Drew’s new “love” to go sour for any reason. Hosting that show brings Drew (and many other people) a lot of joy.

Let me also cut down on internet speculation by saying that Drew Carey had nothing to do with this “change in direction”. Drew has been my biggest champion. He and I will remain friends forever regardless of what happens to The Price is Right.

Rich has been seen on some Los Angeles CBS affiliates occasionally as a fill-in meteorologist, but his new gig is announcing Wheel of Fortune, where he has taken over for the late Charlie O’Donnell.

You can check him out on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates!

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Drew Carey to appear on ABC’s 20/20 Friday (3/13)

Mar. 12th 2009

Per ABC.com’s 20/20 page, Drew Carey is expected to appear on the show Friday night (3/13/09). He will team up with John Stossel Reason TV to get real about government in a segment known as “Bailouts and Bull.”

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Expectant Parents special taping March 25th!

Feb. 16th 2009

From CBS.com

“Attention Expectant Parents!
Are you a couple expecting a baby? If you are, we’d love to have you come to a taping of THE PRICE IS RIGHT on Wednesday, March 25th, at the 4:00pm taping, for our special ULTIMATE BABY SHOWER show! The show will be filled with everything a new parent and baby would need including cars and cash!

For tickets for either of these THE PRICE IS RIGHT special episodes call: 800-852-8909 for tickets and COME ON DOWN!”

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Calling all country music fans!

Feb. 9th 2009

From CBS.com

Hey Ya’ll! On February 25th, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is taping a special show saluting the Academy of Country Music Awards. We’d love all you country music fans to be in our audience! Join Host Drew Carey and special guest star Reba McEntire for an hour of fun and amazing prizes! Come On Down dressed in your western hat and duds, and wrangle some cash and prizes! For tickets, call: 800-852-8909.

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Barker to appear on TPiR during 3/6/09 taping

Feb. 6th 2009

A couple weeks back we mentioned that it seemed to sound like Bob Barker was going to be hyping his new book on The Price is Right. From Golden-Road.net via Ken Crane:

I heard from some friends that still work 33 that Barker will be appearing on Price on Monday, March 2nd. I unfortunately cannot reveal my sources because everyone there is quite scared for their jobs. I know of several co-workers who were laid off in recent weeks, and I understand that the mood around the studio is very glum. I can’t imagine what it’s like with a new director coming in.
I just figured all of you fans would want to know in case you want to go to the taping that day.

The tape date supposedly corresponds with an April 6th airing, which is the day Barker’s book debuts.

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Ludia’s sequal to TPiR video game?

Jan. 18th 2009

According to a Ludia press release announcing an agreement with online game property WildTangent, The Price is Right 2 is listed as one of their upcoming casual game releases for 2009.

Let’s hope it’s true!

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Bob Barker to promote book as guest on TPiR?

Jan. 17th 2009

A poster on Golden Road brought up this link which appears to be a pdf version of “Center Street,” a collection of upcoming books to be released in the spring and summer of 2009.

On page 7, Bob Barker’s new book, “Priceless Memories” is discussed, with this in a sidebar regarding promotion.

ADVERTISING
- Print advertising in People

PUBLICITY
- National television, radio, and print media campaign
- Confirmed guest appearance on The Price Is Right, and national morning shows
- Book signings in New York and Los Angeles

WEB MARKETING
- Audio podcast, e-card, e-newsletters, entertainment bloggers giveaways, social networks

Will Bob be dropping by Studio 33 for a guest appearance? No one seems to know for sure, but if we hear anything, we’ll be sure to post it.

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R. Brian DiPirro next TPiR director

Jan. 16th 2009

Following up on yesterday’s story, CGJ at Golden Road has confirmed that R. Brian DiPirro has been named the next director of The Price is Right.

DiPirro has directed other shows such as “Deal or No Deal,” “1 vs. 100,” and “GameShow Marathon.”

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