'Price Is Right' Returns with a New Set Design without Live Audience in the Studio
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.
"PRICE IS RIGHT" HAS DRASTIC CHANGE
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..."
SHOW'S BEST PARTS TO REMAIN
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.
DETAILS OF THE RETURN
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.
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.
"JEOPARDY!" HOST'S NEW CREW MEMBER
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.
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.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE RETURNS
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.
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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