Price Is Right on CBS

1972, TV Show


Drew By Day; Comedy Tonight

Drew Carey host of The Price Is Right by Monty Brinton/CBS

Giggling at the antics of the slap-happy contestants who “come on down” at what he calls “the happiest place on Earth,” Drew Carey looks like he’s having a blast, and looks right at home, on the spiffed-up set of The Price Is Right as he takes over as host today. There’s no fuss and no ceremony, and outside of the introduction telling us we’re at the Bob Barker Studio in Television City, and that one of the games is still called “Barker’s Bargain Bar,” and that Carey chooses to sign off with the traditional plea to have your pets spayed, there’s no actual homage to the former host as the new Price era begins.And yet, probably the greatest tribute to Bob Barker is that the show goes on, and goes on effortlessly with its funny-looking new ringleader, who appears to be genuinely tickled at the breathless excitement of the frantic folks who come to play the game. When one of the contestants does a cartwheel after taking the stage, C... read more

Drew Carey: The Right Price Host

Drew Carey, The Price Is Right

Drew Carey has the cold sweats, but not because he's worried about replac­ing Bob Barker as the new host of The Price Is Right. The guy is sick — bad sick — and he's in his dressing room at CBS in Hollywood down­ing Theraflu and popping vitamins like mad. Carey really should go home, but there's no rest for the overemployed. Today he still needs to shoot two more epi­sodes of Price, then grab a plane to New York City to tape his other CBS game show, the prime-time Power of 10. It doesn't help that he's also nursing a bum wrist, which he crushed in a much-reported mishap with a turntable door during an early Price rehearsal. When he makes his on-air debut Oct. 15 (check loc read more

Price Is Right Vet Claims She Was Wronged

Bob Barker by Cliff Lipson/CBS

Deborah Curling, who screened contestants for The Price Is Right for some 20 years, has sued Bob Barker and the show's producers, alleging they retaliated against her and forced her to vacate her post after she testified against Barker in a wrongful-termination suit filed by a former production assistant. An African-American, Curling also describes a hostile work environment where black employees and TPIR contestants were discriminated against. "Barker created an atmosphere of terror [where] any employee who complained... was fired," says papers cited by the AP.Curling's suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages/brand-new cars; a CBS rep declined to comment on the action. read more

Drew Carey's Actual Retail Price Is Revealed Oct. 15

Drew Carey by Monty Brinton/CBS

Straight from CBS:"CBS' Emmy Award-winning The Price Is Right, with new host Drew Carey, will have its 36th-season premiere on Monday, Oct. 15. Carey was recently named host of television's long-running game show, succeeding former host Bob Barker, who retired in June after 35 years on the show."The new season will start out with some exciting wins, as several contestants make some lucky spins on the big Wheel. Others have the chance to win some of the most expensive cars ever given away on the show, as well as trips to exotic locations and more amazing prizes. In addition, the familiar set has been refreshed to give it an updated look while keeping the recognizable Price Is Right theme and appearance." read more

On The Price Is Right, Fur Is Still Wrong

The Price is Right by Tony Esparaza/CBS

The Drew Carey-hosted Price Is Right will not only retain Bob Barker's signature sign-off encouraging pet owners to keep Fido from becoming Muffy's babydaddy, it also will stick to Barker's directive to not give away fur coats as fabulous prizes, says the New York Daily News. As producer Roger Dobkowitz wrote to PETA, "The Price Is Right is very proud that we were one of the first shows to realize, through Mr. Barker, that glamorizing fur coats as prizes must stop."Now can we do something about the useless home jukeboxes? read more

Drew Has the Power

Drew Carey by John P. Filo/CBS

In what qualifies as beyond a last-minute delivery, CBS dropped a screener of tonight’s premiere of the new Power of 10 game show on my desk this morning. (It sneak-peeks tonight at 8 pm/ET, then moves into its regular time period a night later on Wednesday, also at 8.) Now that I’ve seen it, I want to get the word out to any fellow game-show fans out there: Don’t miss it! And in particular, don’t miss this first hour.I like the game well enough — it’s all about playing percentages, trying to guess how many people responded a certain way to provocative questions in a nationwide poll — but what I really like is Drew Carey, who’s instantly proving his chops as the right choice to assume the Bob Barker role on The Price Is Right this fall. Carey puts both the contestant (in this case, an instantly likable 19-year-old pre-med student named Jamie) and the viewer at ease with his nimble wit. "You think you know it all at 19. You know nothing," he ge... read more

Drew Carey Clears the Air About His New Game-show Gigs

Drew Carey, The Power of 10

Whose line of work is game-show hosting anyway? Drew Carey's, it seems. The funnyman, eponymous sitcom vet and improv genius has scored not one but two plum gigs in short order, first being named to front CBS' Power of 10 prime-timer (premiering tonight at 8 pm/ET, then airing Wednesdays at 8), and then getting the nod to succeed Bob Barker as The Price Is Right's head cashier. In this Q&A, Carey sheds light on his good fortune, sets straight some wild rumors and shares his take on a scandal that has him barking mad. Power of 10 — is it more Card Sharks or Family Feud?Drew Carey: Neither one. This is what we have in common with Family Feud: a type of poll w read more

CBS Makes Right Choice: Drew Carey, Come On Down!

Drew Carey by Steve Granitz/

Let the speculation subside. Funnyman and improv king Drew Carey announced during the taping of Monday night's Late Show with David Letterman that he has been tapped to succeed Bob Barker as the host of The Price Is Right."Honestly, it [happened] like 15 minutes ago," Carey tells Dave upon sitting down as a guest. "They called me. It's a done deal. I'm the new host."Carey's name surfaced as a contender to Barker's throne in mid-June, amid much conflicting buzz naming any number of folks — Rosie O'Donnell, Ian Ziering and Mark Steines included — as front-runners. Carey has bluntly (and as recently as this past Friday, while speaking to this writer) dismissed such speculation as reckless reportage by the press. Why the prolonged "We're in talks" stance by Carey? A longtime friend of his tells TV Guide that cutting a deal was "never only about dollars and cents. Drew has a very busy calendar. This was a very, very big move to sign for a show like this; he really wanted to thi... read more

Isaiah's Bionic Makeover, and Other Random Thoughts

• The paparazzi seem to have two new obsessions: Sarah Michelle Gellar, and celebrities with dogs. What begat either of 'em? No offense to Buffy at all, but it's as if they just this past week "discovered" her, or did she suddenly recover from agoraphobia? And Heigl with a dog, Paris with a dog, Duff with a dog.... Do the paps carry a spare Chihuahua in their film bag? • Knock me over with a feather, the Hairspray movie remake/redo/reimagining is getting some 4-star raves, including from the Post. Never underestimate the power of a luminous Michelle Pfeiffer.• Drew is the frontrunner! Ian is the fave! Don't count out Steines! I grow more and more convinced that the person who should ultimately "win" the Price Is Right gig is the overzealous publicist whose leaks helped get him there.• Does Posh ever crack a smile? Sexy gal, but... ever? UPDATE: I have since read that Mrs. Beckham thinks she looks "dorky" when she smiles, and thus (steadfastly) sticks to the "Posh... read more

The Price May Soon Prove Right for Drew Carey

Power of 10 host, Drew Carey by Craig Blankenhorn/CBS

Rosie O’Donnell may have been nixed to take over as host of the Price Is Right, but Drew Carey is still in the thick of negotiations and appears to be a front-runner. That’s if Carey, who starts taping his new CBS game/reality show Power of 10 next week (the show premieres Aug. 7) comes to terms over the compensation package. Though Power tapes in New York and Price in L.A., any bicoastal commuting required by an overlap would apparently pose no problem for the actor.“He has the constitution of an elephant,” a source close to Carey says, adding that “Drew is so perfect for the job, it’s crazy.” TV Guide hears that a decision could come any day. — Reporting by Ileane Rudolph read more

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Premiered: September 04, 1972, on CBS
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Premise: "Come on down!" Contestants guess retail values for prizes on TV's longest-running game show. Bob Barker racked up over a dozen hosting Emmys since CBS first aired the daytime staple in 1972. When Barker retired in 2007, Drew Carey stepped in to ably fill his shoes.



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