'Price Is Right' Returns with a New Set Design without Live Audience in the Studio

Jaimie-lee Prince
Oct 07, 2020
06:00 P.M.
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The "Price is Right" is back with a new, colorful set that is perfectly adapted for the COVID-19 crisis. That means its primary source of good energy — and noise — is missing. 


On Tuesday, Deadline learned that "The Price Is Right" will return to production with a brand new set. The long-running series has lasted for 50 years, so it's no surprise the coronavirus pandemic couldn't stop it. 

However, the pandemic, which has affected countries worldwide, has intruded on the redesigned set. According to the outlet, there will be no audience — a first in the show's history.

Drew Carey during the 100th episode of "The Price is Right" filmed in Los Angeles, California on February 5, 2008 | Photo: Getty Images



Many television talk shows have already started filming without an audience. Some have allowed their production crew members to sit down with several seats separating them.

According to Deadline, "The Price Is Right" spent months working out a way to film the show in accordance with new COVID guidelines. Evelyn Warfel, showrunner and executive producer, explained

"We quickly realized we were not going to be able to have 300 people on the show sitting close together. We decided that we were going to come back without an audience to maintain the safety as best we could..."


Drew Carey hosts an episode of "The Price Is Right" in Los Angeles, California on October 10, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


Warfel admitted that this was a big sacrifice as the CBS show's audience is such an essential part of its filming. Furthermore, they could not make it virtual because contestants might look up the prices online. 


Somehow, Warfel and her team figured it out. All 77 games will return in a socially-distanced manner on the new, leveled set. Host Drew Cary will even say his signature line, "Come on down!" at some point.


Warfel hopes that loyal viewers of "The Price is Right" will understand why the changes were put into effect. Fans have been waiting for the show's return since the last season ended in March. 

Drew Carey stands in front of a Plinko game for the "Price is Right" Slot Machines announcement in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 10, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


The new season 49 began filming on Monday at Los Angeles' Television City. Fans will be happy to learn that production has increased to three episodes per day — up from two — to make up for missed time.


Meanwhile, another popular game show, "Jeopardy!" returned last month with a new layout as well. The contestants now have a lot more space between them. Other COVID guidelines were put in place. 

Beloved host Alex Trebek said he was proud to be the first quiz show to make its television comeback amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also happy to get out of the house.   


Alex Trebek hosts an episode of "Jeopardy!" in Washington, DC on November 18, 2011 | Photo: Getty Images

Aside from the safety measures, another big change in the show will be the production team's new member. Ken Jennings, who won "Jeopardy! G.O.A.T" in January. He will further help Trebek announce some categories.



Soon after "Jeopardy!" went on-air, "Wheel of Fortune" saw its return in mid-September. Again, a six-feet protocol was imposed between host Pat Sajak and each of the contestants. 

Pat Sajak and Vanna White celebrate the 4000th episode of "Wheel of Fortune" in New York City on September 16, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

One of the unique steps "Wheel of Fortune" took was to have each contestant use a white cap to spin the wheel. These game shows are certainly thinking outside the box to stay safe. 


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