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Offline tpirfansince1972

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A half century...unbelievable!
« on: September 04, 2022, 04:58:42 AM »
Well friends, this is it.  Today, Sunday, September 4th in the year 2022...marks exactly 50 years ago to the very day that our beloved "Price" first hit the airways on CBS.  It was two short days before my first day of Kindergarten.

Jack Barry's "The Joker's Wild" and Wink Martindale's "Gambit" also turn 50 years old today.

So much has changed over the course of this past half century, some changes for the better, some for the worse.  But as my Mom taught me long ago, we have to learn to take the bad with the good.

So happy official birthday number 50 to "The Price is Right", as well as to Any Number, Bonus Game and Double Prices, all three of which remain in the pricing game rotation!  The first car was a blue Chevy Vega worth $2,746, and it was won by a very overly excited lady named Connie who resembled Edna Garrett from "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life".

50 years, 5 decades!  Does my old heart good to know that Price and "Deal" are still daytime game shows run on major network television.  I can't help but wonder, other than myself, was anybody else who is a member of golden-road.net alive back on Labor Day 1972?

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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2022, 09:03:41 AM »
And despite its longevity, I'm still learning new things about its conception. Did you know that it was the strong performance of Sesame Street that led to CBS deciding to cancel their morning sitcom rerun block (The Lucy Show, Beverly Hillbillies, Family Affair)? It was also the first major game show to revived not just in either network or syndication, but for both a network AND syndication coincidentally, which proved that Mark Goodson really was betting big on our beloved show to succeed, and boy did it ever. Only Family Feud (Combs) is the only other successful game show that got revived in both network and syndication within a few months.

Either way, happy 50 years to The Price Is Right on CBS, and here's wishing both us fans and the show continue to keep on bringing down more great loot, pricing games, funny moments, memorable contestants, big winners, and hopefully less frustrating losses, even if daytime TV is in a very different position today to the point that an entire major network will be both game show AND soap opera free next week. No matter where the show ends up, I'll just keep coming on down to my screen and perhaps back to Studio 33 like I did in 2015 to really catch all the excitement.
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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2022, 12:01:21 PM »
And despite its longevity, I'm still learning new things about its conception. Did you know that it was the strong performance of Sesame Street that led to CBS deciding to cancel their morning sitcom rerun block (The Lucy Show, Beverly Hillbillies, Family Affair)? It was also the first major game show to revived not just in either network or syndication, but for both a network AND syndication coincidentally, which proved that Mark Goodson really was betting big on our beloved show to succeed, and boy did it ever. Only Family Feud (Combs) is the only other successful game show that got revived in both network and syndication within a few months.

That's actually really cool. Feels like it was just yesterday that we were celebrating its 40th season.
But sir, that's my emotional support longest-running game show.

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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2022, 12:13:09 PM »
And despite its longevity, I'm still learning new things about its conception. Did you know that it was the strong performance of Sesame Street that led to CBS deciding to cancel their morning sitcom rerun block (The Lucy Show, Beverly Hillbillies, Family Affair)? It was also the first major game show to revived not just in either network or syndication, but for both a network AND syndication coincidentally, which proved that Mark Goodson really was betting big on our beloved show to succeed, and boy did it ever. Only Family Feud (Combs) is the only other successful game show that got revived in both network and syndication within a few months.

Either way, happy 50 years to The Price Is Right on CBS, and here's wishing both us fans and the show continue to keep on bringing down more great loot, pricing games, funny moments, memorable contestants, big winners, and hopefully less frustrating losses, even if daytime TV is in a very different position today to the point that an entire major network will be both game show AND soap opera free next week. No matter where the show ends up, I'll just keep coming on down to my screen and perhaps back to Studio 33 like I did in 2015 to really catch all the excitement.

It wasn't just the strong performance of Sesame Street that led to CBS deciding to cancel their morning sitcom rerun block (The Lucy Show, Beverly Hillbillies, Family Affair) but also Concentration on NBC with Bob Clayton as well.

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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2022, 06:53:41 PM »
Lin Bolen, NBC's head of daytime, knew Price was going kill Concentration which is why she wouldn't move it from competing with Price. That plus a confrontation she had with Concentration producer Norm Blumenthal contributed to its fate on 3/23/73.
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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2022, 01:11:47 PM »
Lin Bolen, NBC's head of daytime, knew Price was going kill Concentration which is why she wouldn't move it from competing with Price. That plus a confrontation she had with Concentration producer Norm Blumenthal contributed to its fate on 3/23/73.
Seems she was not a fan of such shows - she also had a confrontation with Barris when he was first proposing the Gong Show during her time in that position as well.

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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2022, 01:25:05 PM »
Hence all the jabs Lin Bolen received from The Gong Show (i.e. It's Not Lin Bolen Day).

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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2022, 03:12:26 PM »
was anybody else who is a member of golden-road.net alive back on Labor Day 1972?

I was and my CBS affiliate pre-empted the three big premieres for The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on that Labor Day morning. So I had to wait a while before seeing Jack, Bob and The Winker on those shows since I was back in school the next day.
Stay tuned for The Young And The Restless one half hour from now over most of these CBS stations.

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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2022, 04:34:32 PM »
I was in my sophomore year in high school, and as pointed out elsewhere, our CBS station bumped the three games for the MDA telethon as well. (When the original Price debuted in 1956, we didn't see that first show, either. Our NBC station at the time ran a morning movie.)
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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2022, 08:52:14 PM »
It's amazing that such a popular game show has been on the air for five decades now.  Very few TV shows have such longevity.  I don't know of any other non-news programs that ran on TV for at least 50 years other than Price and Sesame Street.  I know The Young and the Restless will turn 50 next year. Has General Hospital been on TV longer than Price or Sesame Street?

50 years is incredible either way.
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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2022, 11:18:14 PM »
It's amazing that such a popular game show has been on the air for five decades now.  Very few TV shows have such longevity.  I don't know of any other non-news programs that ran on TV for at least 50 years other than Price and Sesame Street.  I know The Young and the Restless will turn 50 next year. Has General Hospital been on TV longer than Price or Sesame Street?

50 years is incredible either way.

Yes to both, GH has been on since 1963.

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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2022, 11:27:27 PM »
While DOOL (Days of our Lives) will exit NBC to be replaced by an NBC News program, I think it's worth mentioning that it also had a longer network run or a long network run (South of 57 years) than Sesame Street and TPIR (not counting the original of course).  The optimism is there that both SS and TPIR will survive for at least another half century despite the trend toward streaming services and whatever else
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Re: A half century...unbelievable!
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2022, 04:32:49 PM »
Yes to both, GH has been on since 1963.
April 1, to be exact. The same day You Don't Say! debuted on NBC.
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