Price Is Right on CBS

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Ian Ziering Wants Price Is Right Gig; Steines, Newton Are Finalists

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According to the New York Daily News, 90210/Dancing with the Stars alum Ian Ziering has gotten a callback from The Price Is Right, where he is among the crop of possibles to follow in Bob Barker's shoes. "He was all jittery" upon hearing the good news, a source tells the tab. "He really, really wants it." The New York Post, meanwhile, hears that ET's Mark Steines and Todd Newton, who have long been in this seemingly endless race, are the two final frontrunners.It may all come down to whether Nat at the Peach Pit gives Ian a good reference. read more

CBS Turned Down Rosie O'Donnell's Offer to Host Price Is Right

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Despite earlier reports that Rosie O’Donnell declined the opportunity to host the Price Is Right because she didn’t want to uproot her family from New York City to L.A., the truth is that CBS turned her down. “They thought I was too controversial to host the game show,” O’Donnell said on her R Family Vacations cruise from New York to the Bahamas. “I just wanted to ‘gay it up.’” So what did O’Donnell propose? For starters, she wanted to get rid of Barker’s beauties in favor of a chorus line of Broadway hunks, confetti, musical bumpers and a much-needed set makeover “so the colors actually match!” O’Donnell admits she was disappointed by the network’s decision because she began watching the game show shortly after her mother died 35 years ago. While O’Donnell is mulling over other offers to start her own daytime talk show, she has plans to release a tell-all book on Sept. 18 that documents her 10-month soj... read more

Rosie O'Donnell Says L.A. Jaunt Isn't Worth the Price

Although Rosie O'Donnell recently met with the producers of The Price Is Right, the hosting gig is wrong for her, she says in her latest video blog. "I'm in a weird position. I don't need the money. So to get my entire family uprooted from their lives and move them across the country so that I can have a fantasy childhood indulgence... it just doesn't seem fair." Is she kidding? What rugrat wouldn't give their two front teeth to have a miniature putting green waiting for them at the office on Bring Your Brat to Work Day? read more

Price Is Right May Carey On; Bob Denies OK'ing Rosie

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The ink is barely dry on the announcement that he will front CBS' Power of 10, but already there is talk that Drew Carey is the latest contender for the Price Is Right hosting gig. Both the Eye and TPIR producer FremantleMedia North America (aka ReallyNeeds New Name) met with the comic, sources tell Variety. Should Drew's name get drawn and Power of 10 succeed, he would likely tackle double duty.Bob Barker, meanwhile, clarifies for the AP that his après-Daytime Emmys comments should not be seen as a ringing endorsement of Rosie O'Donnell as a TPIR host wannabe. "I have not been asked for my opinion, nor have I expressed one," Barker maintains. "I think there are several people who could do the show, and Rosie is certainly one of them." But for him to cast his lot one way or the other, he says, would be "terribly presumptuous." read more

Ratings: Nighttime Barker, Daytime Emmys Clean Up

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Friday night's prime-time encore of Bob Barker's final turn as The Price Is Right host handily won the 8 o'clock hour, drawing 8.42 million total viewers. In turn, CBS' broadcast of the Daytime (Entertainment) Emmy Awards came out on top from 9 to 11 pm, delivering 8.33 million viewers — a 37 percent surge over last year's hour-longer telecast, and the awards' best numbers since 2004. Plus, we got to see utterly random folks pontificate YouTube-style about the acting chops of Tom Pelphrey and Michelle Stafford. Compelling stuff, that is. read more

Bob Barker: The Attitude Is Right

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What becomes a living legend most? Modesty, grace and good humor. Such were the virtues on display throughout Bob Barker’s official last day (and night)on Friday as a revered, iconic game-show host.It started with his last-ever day hosting CBS’ The Price Is Right after 35 years, capping a 50-year career in broadcasting. (I remember growing up watching him on the slapstick game show Truth or Consequences before he landed the Price gig.) Despite the confetti, the standing ovations, and the prime-time replay just before the Daytime Emmys telecast (where he also cleaned up), it was mostly just another hour of Price Is Right merriment, albeit with the audience frenzy a bit more amped up given the nature of the day — and the fact that many audience members had camped out for days to be there (including the worshipful Patrick, who “came on down” as the show began but didn’t make it up on stage until the very last game).Bob Barker, ever the pro, wasted no time... read more

Barker Wins 19th Emmy, Says Price Is Pondering Rosie

Bob Barker courtesy Monty Brinton/CBS

Talk about your fabulous prizes. Bob Barker reaped his 19th Emmy for outstanding game-show host on Friday night, synching up precisely with his final appearance as the Price Is Right host. "This proves that the judges have sympathy for an old man who doesn't have a job," Barker quipped when accepting the award. Backstage, the TV icon confirmed that Rosie O'Donnell, despite the View alum's coldly received trade-mag campaign to get the gig, may still be in the running to come on down as the gamer's new host. "She knows the show!" Barker says of O'Donnell. "So far as doing it, there's no doubt in my mind that she could. Now, whether they want a lady host, I don't know. As far as I know, they've only auditioned men. Although I do believe they're going to have a meeting with Rosie." Sigh. Give a kiss goodbye to all the heterosexual sex talk during Plinko.The 34th-annual Daytime Emmys also saw Ellen DeGeneres once again best The View in the talk-show and talk-show-host contests. The kudos... read more

Bob Barker Makes Bid to Return to TPIR

His final on-air appearance is still a week away, and already the Bobster is angling to reclaim his mike. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday after taping his last show, Barker said that since The Price Is Right is "having trouble finding someone" to step into his shoes, if a temporary fill-in is needed, "I would do it. I don't want to walk out on CBS... if they're in that position." Reruns with Barker as host are slated to run throughout the summer, so it is unclear just how quickly TPIR needs to come up with its final answer. (Oops, wrong show.) read more

Bidding Adieu: Bob Barker Reveals His Final Price

Retiring game-show legend Bob Barker taped his final Price Is Right on Wednesday afternoon, at the CBS Studio named in his honor. According to Variety, in a neat nod, the first item up for bid was a wide-screen TV that displayed vintage footage of a young Bob. And fittingly, the show's slate presented such fan-fave games as (Spoiler alert) Grocery Game, Lucky Seven, Range Game, Any Number and Plinko.Wrapping the show (which will air both in daytime and prime time on June 15), Barker told viewers, "Thank you very much for inviting me into your homes for the past 50 years" — and then pissed off yet another batch of frisky dogs and cats by delivering his trademark sign-off. read more

Bob Barker Has No Say in His Rightful Heir

Will it be George? Mark? Jm. J Bullock? Whomever The Price Is Right decision-makers wind up tapping to fill Bob Barker's shoes, the retiring game show legend will have had no say in the matter. "I haven't asked to be involved, and they have not asked for my advice," he tells the Toronto Sun. Confirming that George Hamilton got a look-see, as well as (yeah, you would have to think) younger folk, Barker says at least one, undisclosed) name recently entered the mix. But it's not Rosie's. "[She] wants the show," Barker notes, "but I don't think they're considering a woman."As for who will inherit his pet population-controlling sign-off, Barker hopes that another daytime fave, Dr. Phil, will grab the baton — though he wasn't the first choice. "When Katie Couric was trying to figure out how to end [her Evening Newscasts], I told her how," he shares. "But, uh, she turned me down." 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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