Are Wheel Of Fortune Show Reruns

Maria Garcia
• Thursday, 05 November, 2020
• 8 min read

Following a months-long coronavirus-imposed production hiatus, the venerable syndicated game show will be back on the air with original episodes beginning Monday, Sept. 14. Among the pandemic-related changes: The show’s signature Wheel has been redesigned to allow for six feet of space between host Pat Speak and each contestant.

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Planned to suspend production as of Monday, an ABC spokesperson told NBC last week. “The View” continues to tape new episodes without an audience, although Joy Bear has gone on hiatus from the program as a precautionary measure.

The episode was prefaced by an intro by one of the network's on-air personalities, Peter Taken (himself no stranger to the genre), which consisted of a brief-but-thorough essay on the show's history while clips of the nighttime premiere played next to him; this included a statement that the daytime series ran for a grand total of 4,215 episodes. Interestingly, some owners of the 1988 Mattel game reported that the “invisible signals” were still present in the Season 6 reruns.

Beginning March 15, 2004 (when “Game Show Network” became “GUN: The Network For Games”), repeats of Wheel generally omit any sweepstakes rules, consolation prize plugs, and contestant/audience plugs; further, they “crunch” the credits to air promos and typically end the show prematurely. These tactics are generally frowned upon by game show fans, who prefer “complete” airings.

On August 18, a five-hour marathon of Wheel was aired in tribute to Mere Griffin, who passed away six days earlier. The marathon featured 10 episodes from both the daytime and nighttime series ranging from 1976-2003 (see below for more details).

On October 24, 2016, nearly six years after the last appearance of Wheel, GUN brought the show back to its daily lineup, with Season 31 episodes on weekdays at 11:00 and 11:30 AM Eastern, replacing Lingo. Unlike the 2010 Black Friday marathon, the SPIN ID drawings are edited out, and the episodes are presented in a letterbox format rather than cropped to the 4:3 aspect ratio.

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This is especially noticeable when SPIN ID drawings and plugs are edited out, as the first sentence of Anna's $5K Every Day spiel and Jim's “Promotional consideration provided by...” often still briefly appear in the captions. In early Season 31 episodes that feature Retro Bonus Rounds (through at least Halloween week), the partial puzzle was left intact, but the solution was omitted (despite Anna's line, “We'll give you the answer when we come back right after this” still being present).

However, some episodes and weeks themed after certain holidays would be withheld and scheduled to rerun on or near the appropriate occasion. As usual, all references to the sweepstakes were edited out, the theme's name was removed the episode titles seen in TV listings, and the show would abruptly cut to commercial as soon as Pat recapped the final total of the winner of the Speed-Up Round, thus removing most of the final score tally.

On November 21, 2016, the number of episodes aired each weekday doubled from two to four, giving Wheel two hours on the schedule from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern. This error did not happen again on subsequent listings of Venetian Valentine's Day week.

On October 1, 2018, GUN rebranded and reverted to its full name Game Show Network. Despite this, Game Show Network continues to upload clips of Wheel (all from Season 31) on its social media platforms.

A Total Living interview with Chuck Foolery included clips of the March 15, 1978, show with a 2004 GUN logo, suggesting that the network has it as well. The entire series, which primarily ran on CBS, was also aired by GUN and continued in repeats afterward.

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Originally produced in HD, all Season 24 shows were cropped to the 4:3 aspect ratio. GUN has done several promos for Wheel, including a commercial parodying the wrestling company then known as WWF with Pat “Powerhouse” Speak.

Promoted the network in short ads during the credits in the late 1990s, and also used part of the Radio City Music Hall intro footage from the 1988 shows as part of a promo for Press Your Luck when acquired by GUN in 2001. Interestingly, an early-1976 episode held by the Paley Center for Media has white borders around all the wedges on all three Wheel layouts.

Anna White co-hosts the game to reveal the letters on the board as guessed by players. Each round ends when a player solved the mystery phrase.

Wheel of Fortune November 8, 2019, November 8, 2019, Contestants solve word puzzles for cash and prizes as determined by the spin of a wheel. Wheel of Fortune November 4, 2019, November 4, 2019, Pat Speak hosts the game where three contestants take turn to spin the wheel and guess letters.

Each correct letter becomes clues to solving the mystery sentence or group of words in each round. Wheel of Fortune September 24, 2019, September 24, 2019, Contestants solve word puzzles for cash and prizes as determined by the spin of a wheel.

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09-20-2019 September 20, 2019, September 20, 2019, Contestants solve word puzzles for cash and prizes as determined by the spin of a wheel. 09-16-2019 September 16, 2019, September 16, 2019, Pat Speak hosts the game with three contestants battling to guess mystery phrases in each round.

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