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Friday, 27 July, 2007 11:06 PM
Drew Carey to replace Bob Barker as host of "The Price Is Right"
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CBS Television City in Hollywood, California. "The Price is Right" is taped inside Studio 33, which was renamed the Bob Barker Studio.
Drew Carey is going to be the next Bob Barker. No, really! Carey received the call from CBS about a month ago. The announcement was made this Monday during The Late Show with David Letterman on the eye network.
Carey became famous when he starred on the ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show. The show was on from 1995 to 2004 for nine complete seasons. He was the only character that appeared in every episode. Then, he went on to host Whose Line Is It Anyway? It was a comedy show that aired from 1998 to 2006.
Carey's first game show gig came with the new CBS show Power of 10. It is set to debut on August 7th at 8 p.m. The show will feature contestants that have to predict the results to polls that were taken by everyday Americans. The topics range from politics to pop culture. The top prize is $10,000,000 if a contestant can answer five questions successfully.
Bob Barker retired as host of The Price Is Right on June 6th. That episode aired on Friday, June 15th in daytime and also in primetime before the Daytime Emmy Awards. Ever since then, several people were mentioned as possible hosts for the show. No one really knew who was going to be chosen.
Some of the other possible replacements for Bob Barker were Drew Carey, Dave Price, Todd Newton, John O'Hurley, George Hamilton, Mario Lopez, Mark Steines, Ian Ziering, Marc Summer. Even Rosie O'Donnell was interviewed for the job. However, she was not chosen.
Come on Down...Drew Carey! You're the new host of The Price Is Right.
Carey's first day on the job has not been determined yet. He will either start work in the end of August or in the beginning of September. We don't know if Carey is going to continue the tradition of ending the game show with the animal rights speech.
Announcer Rich Fields and Barker's Beauties will remain. The only difference is the host. The producers say there will be some cosmetic changes to the set. They also want to take the show onto the road and tape it from different U.S. cities.
Drew Carey will be hosting two shows for CBS simultaneously. He will host the "Power of 10" new game show which will air on Wednesday evenings. He will also host Price, which is taped twice on Mondays and once from Tuesday thru Thursday.
It will be interesting to see if the American public will continue to watch the show as they did with Bob Barker in the driver's seat.
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