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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #30 on: November 11, 2022, 11:37:54 PM »
I saw this in a photo taken by Colorado governor Jared Polis, who is one of Bill's guests tonight (11/11/22). It looks like they can actually remove Contestants Row.

Here is a link to the photo:  https://twitter.com/jaredpolis/status/1591242377817370626/photo/1

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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2022, 12:53:38 PM »
Roger did another interview recently on Rich Fields' podcast and he believes Price will never again go back to a 300 member audience.

Roger's reasoning was prior to Covid, the show had to pay some people to attend, to sit in the audience.  I forget what his annual calculation was regarding payment for audience members but he claimed it was over $1 million dollars.  To that end, having a 36 person "audience" would appear on the surface at least to be far more beneficially financially.

It is a shame though that this is just the latest in a long line of things that are changing for the show, and not necessarily for the better (at least from a home audience's point of view).

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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2022, 12:58:23 PM »
Roger did another interview recently on Rich Fields' podcast and he believes Price will never again go back to a 300 member audience.

 Roger is clearly not the best source on price is right details anymore, especially as we are now coming up on 15 years since he's been there.

As for audiences? We honestly dont know. LMAD added more people this season, price could as well.

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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #33 on: November 14, 2022, 01:55:49 PM »
I haven't listened to the podcast, but if I had to guess, I think it's trending more toward speculation and less toward what actually might happen.  If the attendance is accurate then I think it's a valid point, or he made a valid point in general.  If there are no restrictions but a business can't reach capacity (on a regular basis or at all), then what's the point of increasing the number of attendees at a particular show or event.

Like urban mentioned, I'd take this with a grain of salt.  However, Drew recently tested positive for COVID.  I think he has/is taking everything seriously, so that might factor into a delay or (current reluctance) to increase the size of attendees.

The above is just my thought(s).  Nothing concrete.  If they don't ever get to 300, but maybe move to 100, I think I might be fine with that
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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #34 on: November 14, 2022, 02:26:53 PM »
As of now the audience is 20 "invited" contestants and up to 3 guests, for a theoretical audience maximum of 80 people in the audience.
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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #35 on: November 14, 2022, 04:37:45 PM »
Roger did another interview recently on Rich Fields' podcast and he believes Price will never again go back to a 300 member audience.

Roger's reasoning was prior to Covid, the show had to pay some people to attend, to sit in the audience.  I forget what his annual calculation was regarding payment for audience members but he claimed it was over $1 million dollars.  To that end, having a 36 person "audience" would appear on the surface at least to be far more beneficially financially.

It is a shame though that this is just the latest in a long line of things that are changing for the show, and not necessarily for the better (at least from a home audience's point of view).

Though they should have a decent accounting of how many people actually had to be paid on average, so they could use that to come up with a number that would work (that is 300-that number of paid people = how many seats would be feasible to have back.

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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #36 on: November 14, 2022, 06:50:54 PM »
Do we have any actual proof that the show was paying people to sit in the audience? I know that was a thing when Drew first started back in 2007 but I have strong doubts that was still the case 13 years later in 2020.

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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #37 on: November 14, 2022, 07:18:18 PM »
Do we have any actual proof that the show was paying people to sit in the audience? I know that was a thing when Drew first started back in 2007 but I have strong doubts that was still the case 13 years later in 2020.

Well, Roger's say-so, and people who attended tapings on this board from 2008-2012 who met them.

Roger's math was based on needing to 100 people for every show, getting paid $80 for a four hour taping, costing $8,000 per show. If it was needed for 200 shows a year, that's an $1,600,000 expense. This seems like an incredibly high estimate to me.

Maybe it was true in S36 or S37 when Drew was just starting out, but that doesn't match with any of my experiences visiting the show in the past four years. Each taping I attended had people numbered in the 250s-300s that showed up at the same time as everybody else, had numbers attached to their name tags, got interviews from Stan, were wearing custom T-shirts, and seemed enthusiastic about the show when had the chance to chat with them. If dozens of them were seat-fillers then they truly went the extra mile to blend in and deserved to get paid a lot more than $80.

Afternoon taping were less full than morning tapings, and they occasionally let a few people from the morning taping stick around and see an afternoon taping, but the few times I tried it there were far less than 50 seats available. Maybe 20 or 25 max. It wasn't ever enough to fill one of Stan's interview groups and the numbers assigned were all pretty close than 300.

Obviously this is all anecdotal. I'm sure that seat-fillers were necessary on occasion, but it certainly seems far lower than 100 people per show, 200 shows per year.
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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #38 on: November 14, 2022, 07:52:37 PM »
I asked a page about this when I attended a taping in 2019. He said he could only recall 1 time in his years of doing TPiR that audience fillers were needed. I don't know how long that page had been at TPiR but he didn't seem to be new.

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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #39 on: November 14, 2022, 09:01:02 PM »
When I went in December 2018 they used fillers. One of the main security guards was sitting in the audience too; he said it was the first time he had ever did that. He told me it was a very slow week and that it was rare when they didn't fill an audience. It was Dec. 10-13 that week and I met a handful of "actors," although they weren't allowed to say they were actors, they eventually told me they were (after I called them out on it and told them I'm one of those TPIR Super Fans- they were impressed).
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Re: So I take it TPIR is never going back to pre-covid ways?
« Reply #40 on: November 14, 2022, 09:47:13 PM »
The show would occasionally need to purchase audience members during the slower tapings, usually around the holidays. This has been a common practice dating back well into the Barker era.
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