Did anyone else notice what appeared to be an edit between when James hit the $1.00 and when Drew said "Dollar on the nose"? I wonder what happened there.
That graphic looked kinda funny. The logo in the top left of the screen looked wrong.
I didn't like that the graphic covered up the bottom third of the screen, cutting off too much of the audience. I wonder what it would look like with just the phone number and the telephone image (no green background).
The logo looked horizontally squished, and the orange part of the strange background shape looked cut off (on the left) -- see pictures below.
I find it funny that we go from a snail-mail address to an electronic system, and now back to a telephone system. Guess we're gonna go backwards with technology.
And as if that weren't enough, they used a graphic of a rotary dial telephone! I love it! If they are going to make more changes to the show, I hope they continue to go more retro.
BTW...when I attended the show on 5/21, while walking up the stairs to the studio, I recall seeing a rotary phone (the vertical type) mounted on one of the walls! I wonder if it still works.
I have a feeling that they will be alternating between the telephone ticket plug and the CBS.com one. Maybe they added the telephone plug because of complaints from non-Internet-savvy viewers (which I'm guessing the show has many of.)
Interestingly, the closed-captioning for that segment had the text of the CBS.com ticket plug:
I originally thought that they did it on purpose, thinking that since the phone number is already on the screen, it wouldn't make sense for the CC text to say the same thing...but then I realized that the CC text covers up the phone number. Perhaps they originally recorded this episode with the CBS.com plug and then replaced it with the telephone version in post-production? I believe the content of closed captioning text is dictated by the program's video, not the audio.
And no, I don't normally watch TPIR with the closed-captioning turned on. While it was airing, I was sitting in a car repair shop, waiting for my vehicle's oil to be changed, watching the show. Not wanting to have the volume up very high, I turned on the closed-captioning on that TV so I wouldn't miss any dialogue. When I was watching this segment, I thought that Rich had read both the phone number AND the CBS.com plug. So when I came home and watched it on my DVR, I thought it was odd to not hear the CBS.com part...so I turned on the CC at home and figured out what happened.