Showbiz Chicago Podcast: Behind The Scenes at THE PRICE IS RIGHT

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“Come On Down” as Showbiz Chicago host Michael J. Roberts goes behind the scenes with the longest running game show of all time, The Price Is Right with Chicago contestant LARRY P. NIEMAN, JR., whose episode will air May, 26, 2014 on the CBS Network. To view episodes online visit

drewPIRThe Price Is Right was created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman in its current form where program premiered on September 4, 1972 on CBS under the title The New Price Is Right, and revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win cash and prizes. Contestants are selected from the studio audience when the announcer proclaims the show’s famous catchphrase, “Come on down!”[3]

The show’s current staff includes host Drew Carey, announcer George Gray, and models Gwendolyn Osbourne-Smith, Rachel Reynolds, Amber Lancaster and Manuela Arbeláez; two or three models appear on each episode. On October 5, 2012, CBS announced that the winner of the male model online competition was Rob Wilson of Boston, Massachusetts.[29] Wilson appeared as a model on episodes through the spring of 2014.[30]Bob Barker was the series’ longest-running host from its 1972 debut until his retirement in 2007, when Carey took over. Barker was accompanied by a series of announcers, beginning withJohnny Olson, followed by Rod Roddy and Rich Fields (who also worked the first three seasons of Carey’s tenure). Several other models appeared between 1972 and 2010, most notably Anitra Ford, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom, and Kathleen Bradley; however, from 2000–08, models alternated every week, with current models Osbourne-Smith and Reynolds being part of the alternating group.

Rob Wilson Becomes The First Male Model on The Price Is Right

While retaining some elements of the original version of the show, the 1972 version added many new distinctive gameplay elements. Taped at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, The Price Is Right has aired over 8,000 episodes since its debut and began its 42nd season on September 23, 2013. The 40th season concluded with a special anniversary show which aired on the exact anniversary of its first episode on September 4, 2012, making it one of the longest running network television series in the United States as of 2012.[4]

PREMIERE ON CBS: Sept. 4, 1972

HOST: Drew Carey

PRODUCED BY: FremantleMedia North America


PRODUCER: Adam Sandler


CO-PRODUCERS: Stan Blits & Sue MacIntyre


DIRECTOR: Michael Dimich

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Adam Sandler & Gary Chamberlain


THEME: ‘The Price Is Right’ Theme by Edd Kalehoff for Score Productions