Sources close to the show said the move was partly undertaken to better protect “Jeopardy!” host Alex Greek, who is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The move comes as the entertainment industry scrambles to adjust to the spread of the virus, which has led to the cancellation of SSW and other major events.
CBS’ globetrotting competition series “The Amazing Race” suspended production on its 33rd season last month as a precautionary measure. According to sources, the average age of an audience member for “Jeopardy!” and Wheel of Fortune, ” which tape at Sony’s Culver City lot, is over 60.
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Over 6,000 episodes of the show have aired, and in 2008, TV Guide named it the “top-rated syndicated series”. Along with changes networks a number of times, the show has seen a variety of hosts, from Chuck Foolery and Susan Stafford to Pat Speak and Anna White.
Chuck Foolery, the show’s first host, was involved in the original incarnation of Love Connection, along with Scrabble, and Lingo. Apart from her hosting work, White has appeared in projects like Gypsy Angels, Midnight Offerings, Graduation Day, Looker, and Star of the Family.
Was a tour created by Alan Katz and PS Productions, Chicago which was sponsored by GUN and typically went to fairs and arenas. The show appears to have stopped touring by the end of December 1999, having a permanent home at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (specifically the Center Stage Lounge, renamed the Wheel of Fortune Theater) and airing on local station KV BC.
By the time the show settled at the MGM Grand on January 17, 2000, the mini-games were removed and the games were played for points rather than cash. Players who won a game were awarded such prizes as TVs, VCR's, stereos, or a trip for two anywhere on Amtrak.
The grand prize was a trip for two to Los Angeles, containing a private tour of Sony Studios and an appearance on GUN. The productions have protocols in place in accordance with current government guidelines to protect contestants, staff, crew and talent from the spread of COVID-19,” a spokesperson for the studio told TheW rap.
“While some things may have changed behind the scenes and on the set to keep everyone safe, fans can expect to see the same Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY! A person with knowledge of the situation also confirmed that the Wheel has undergone a redesign to give space for proper social distancing between contestants, and that Wheel of Fortune has plans to return to the studio next week.
Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. He joined America’s Game® in 1981, when the show aired on network daytime television.
In April 2018, he was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, along with Co-Host, Anna White; Executive Producer, Harry Friedman; and Wheel of Fortune, itself. “My early heroes were people like Arthur Godfrey, Dave Narrowly, Steve Allen and, especially, Jack Paar.
Following his discharge, Speak spent a year at another small radio station in Murray, Ky. He then decided to move to the nearest big city, Nashville, and enter the television business.
Speak was hired by WSM-TV as a staff announcer, eventually expanding his role to talk shows and weather reporting. There, he was spotted by a talent scout for KABC-TV in Los Angeles and, in 1977, he joined that station as its weatherman.
Four years later, he was chosen by Wheel of Fortune’s creator, Mere Griffin, to assume hosting duties on the series’ network daytime edition. In 1983, the nighttime version of the show was launched, and it has been one of the top-rated syndicated TV programs ever since.
After auditioning alongside over 200 other hopefuls, Mere Griffin ultimately awarded the coveted spot to Anna because “she turned the letters the best.” Growing up in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Anna never dreamed that one day she would be a pop culture icon.
After attending the Atlanta School of Fashion Design and becoming one of the area’s top models, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Since her debut on Wheel of Fortune, Anna has appeared in more than 7,000 episodes of America’s Game ®, revealing letters on the iconic puzzle board, cheering on contestants and dazzling in a new outfit every night.
In April 2018, Anna was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, along with Host, Pat Speak; Executive Producer, Harry Friedman; and Wheel of Fortune itself. Combining her passions for crocheting and helping children, she launched her own line of yarn called “Anna’s Choice,” from which a portion of the proceeds are donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
She has worked on projects for American Cancer Society, Rebuilding Together, Feeding America, Los Angeles Food Bank, American Heart Association, Susan G. Women Foundation and Verizon Wireless’s literacy campaign, among others. Jim Thornton became the voice of Wheel of Fortune when he joined America’s Game® as announcer in 2011, at the start of the show’s 29th season.
Since then, Jim has become a popular figure with fans on the game show’s social media platforms. One of the most popular and distinctive voices in Southern California, Thornton has been a part of KNX 1070 News radio since 1985.
He can also be seen hosting pledge drives for Southern California’s venerable public television station CET. In his hometown of Huntington, W. Va., Thornton began his broadcast career in 1983 at DW-TV while attending Marshall University.
A year later, he moved to California and by 1989, he had his own morning show on Magic 94.3 FM in the San Fernando Valley. Viewers may also recognize Thornton’s voice from his diverse body of voice over work including: Disney’s “Monsters, Inc.” movie, theme park ride and Disney on Ice show; television shows : Celebrity Deathwatch, The Soup, The Cleveland Show, Rugrats and The Drew Carey Show; national TV and radio campaigns for: Cricket Wireless, Sonic Drive-in, Domino’s Pizza, Bacardi, Budweiser, Kellogg’s Cereal, Intel and Kraft Lunches; and video games: Boom Box 2, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Cars and Mafia II.
Thornton lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Sue, and their son, Sam. He and Sam are both Advanced Open Water SCUBA divers, and the entire family supports JDSF (formerly called the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) ever since Sam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2009.
Three-time Daytime Emmy Award ® winner and 17-time nominee Mike Richards is a Executive Producer of two of the most successful game shows of all time: Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY! He joined the iconic syndicated stalwarts in 2020 after producing over 4,000 hours of game show programming.
That same year, 2009, Richards helped sell the classic game show franchise “Let's Make A Deal” to CBS. During his tenure as Executive Producer of the two shows, which aired concurrently, he earned 17 Daytime Emmy Awards nominations and won three: “The Price is Right” brought home the award for Outstanding Game Show at the 2013, 2016, and 2018 ceremonies.
Most recently, he served as Executive Producer of the 2020 celebrity-driven revival of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” as part of an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop and produce game shows for network, cable, and streaming platforms. Early on, Richards worked for television legend Dick Clark as his Vice President of Development and Current Programs.
In addition to his work behind the scenes, Richards has experience in front of the camera. After graduating from college, Richards was a stand-up comedian, which lead to offers to serve as a host for multiple pilots.
During that time, he also hosted a movie news show called “Dailies” that launched the Reel Channel. At Pepper dine University, Richards wrote, produced and hosted a weekly late night comedy talk show called “The Ran dumb Show,” which won multiple college broadcasting awards.