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Price Is Right
1956 - 1965  September 4, 1972 - ?

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Hosts: Bill Cullen (1956-1965), Bob Barker (1972-present), Dennis James (1972-1977), Tom Kennedy(1985-1986), Doug Davidson (1994-1995)
Announcers: Don Pardo, Johnny Gilbert (for '56-'65 version), Johnny Olson, Gene Wood, Bob Hilton, Rod Roddy (for '72-present version), Burton Richardson (for '94-'95 version) Rich Fields
Kyle Aletter-Oldham - Substitute Model ( 1981-1992 )
Charlotte Alrt - Temporary Model ( 2001 )
Misti Atkinson - Temporary Model ( 2002 )
Paul Boland - Sub-Announcer ( 2002 )
Kathleen Bradley - Model ( 1990-2000 )
Cynthia Brimhall - Temporary Model ( 1993 )
Paige Brooks - Temporary Model ( 2001 )
Julie Cialini - Model ( 1994-1995 ) Syndicated Version
Chantel Dubay - Model (1996-1999)
Jennifer England - Temporary Model ( 2002 )
Ferrari Ferris - Model ( 1994-1995 ) Syndicated Version
Anitra Ford - Model ( 1972-1977 )
Lisa Gleave - Temporary Model ( 2002 )
Jesse Golden - Temporary Model ( 2002 )
Holly Hallstrom - Model ( 1977-1995 )
Shawnae Jebbia - Temporary Model ( 2002 )
Penelope Jimenez - Temporary Model ( 2002 )
Claudia Jordan - Model ( 2001-present )
Mindy Kennedy - Temporary Model ( 1993-1994, 1996 )
Heather Kozar - Model ( 2001-2002 )
Cindy Margolis - Model ( 1995 )
Gena Lee Nolin - Model ( 1994-1995 )
Dian Parkinson - Model ( 1975-1993 )
Janice Pennington - Model ( 1972-2000 )
Ann Pennington - Substitute Model ( 1975-1977 )
Annette Quinn - Model ( 1995 )
Alicia Rickter - Temporary Model ( 2002 )
Brandi Sherwood - Temporary Model ( 2001 )
Lisa Stahl - Model ( 1994-1995 ) Syndicated Version
Shane Stirling - Temporary Model ( 2002 )
Rosie Tennsion - Temporary Model ( 2001 )
Renee Tennsion - Temporary Model ( 1993 )
Ute Werner - Temporary Model ( 2002 )
Jennifer Wood - Temporary Model ( 2001, 2002 )
Nikki Schieler Ziering - Model ( 1999-2002 )

"The Price Is Right" was originally developed by Bob Stewart, who also brought G-T "To Tell the Truth" and "Password" before striking out on his own. The 1950s version thrived without the pricing games Ė contestants simply bid on one time, making multiple bids, and were allowed to freeze (stop bidding) at any time. With Bill Cullen hosting, the show ran for six years in daytime on NBC (and most of that time in a weekly evening edition as well), and then another two years on ABC. CBS daytime programming chief Budd Grant urged Mark Goodson to revive the program in 1972, but Goodson realized the original version wouldnít work with their daytime budget, so with Grantís acquiescence, he revamped the entire show. "The New Price Is Right" debuted in September of 1972 with "The Jokerís Wild" and "Gambit" at 10:30 weekdays, and switched to 3:00 p.m. six months later, dropping New at around the same time. The syndicated weekly version also premiered in September 1972. Dennis James (who was thought to originally have the inside track to hosting both shows) ran the nighttime edition because Bob Barker was still hosting the syndicated Truth or Consequences.

After restructuring their early-morning lineup in June 1975, CBSís ratings went south, so "The Price Is Right" was moved back to the a.m. in August and Tattletales went back to afternoons. In the first week of September, "The Price Is Right" was expanded to one hour for five shows. This was done by adding the Showcase Showdown after three pricing games were played, where the three winners spun a wheel with dollar amounts on it in increments of five cents between $ .05 and $1.00. The contestant who got closest to one dollar in one spin or a combination of two spins without going over went to the Showcase. The entire process then repeated itself for the second half-hour, and then on to the Showcases. This version proved successful, and so was made permanent at the beginning of December (with the addition of cash bonuses for hitting $1.00 on the nose in the Showcase Showdown).

The daily network edition of "The Price Is Right" is the one everyone remembers, and attempts to establish a similar dynasty in the evenings have failed. The most successful of the evening "Price" runs was the first syndicated edition, hosted by James through 1976. Barker replaced James after the syndicated version of "Truth or Consequences" was dropped, and the syndicated edition continued through 1979.

In 1985, with the syndicated evening versions of "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" pulling tremendous ratings, Goodson introduced a nighttime syndicated half-hour version of "Price," with veteran Tom Kennedy at the helm. Kennedy has since remarked he wasnít happy with the job he did on it, and appreciated Barkerís work all the more as a result. Tomís overstating the case Ė it wasnít bad by any stretch of the imagination, but with a crowded field, low clearances (it ran in New York City at 2 a.m.), and being shut out of the daytime markets by CBSís "Price," it wasnít renewed.

CBS ran a nighttime hour-long "Price" for six weeks in the summer of 1996, with Barker as host. Up against "The Cosby Show" and "Family Ties," which had finished that year #1 and #2 in the Nielsens, it was a stopgap measure that could be done cheaper than mounting a new series.

1994 saw yet another syndicated half-hour "Price," this one helmed by "The Young and The Restless" star Doug Davidson. This version dropped Contestantsí Row entirely, simply inviting audience members up on stage to play pricing games. The top two winners competed in one of two different ways: the Showcase Showdown Big Wheel or The Price Was Right (where contestants tried to guess how much a vintage item cost at the time). The winner of that competition played a game similar to the Range Game, where they guessed in what range a group of prizes cost. A new set (black marble?), different game rules, and a new host made it too much for longtime fans to adjust to, and it was dropped after six months.

The CBS version continues to run today, with Barker hosting throughout and weathering all storms (including a lawsuit stemming from an affair he had with Dian Parkinson). It was the most popular network daytime game in the Ď80s, and has been the only network daytime game since January, 1994. Johnny Olson passed away in 1985 and was replaced by Rod Roddy. Holly Hallstrom joined Janice Pennington and Parkinson in 1977, and the trio worked together until 1993. Parkinson left around the time of her lawsuit, and her main appearances since have been in the pages of Playboy. Hallstrom was let go in 1995, possibly due to a perceived weight gain. Pennington and Bradley were dropped in the middle of the 2000-2001 season; no specific reason was given but the betting is to cut salary and make the show more appealing to younger viewers.

Episodes Known To Be In Existence
(grouped by hosts, dates, and winners-- no further information is available):

BILL CULLEN EPISODES

G.S. ELIZABETH ASHLEY
G.S. PAT CARROLL
G.S. SALLY ANN HOWES
G.S. RODDY MC DOWELL 1964
G.S. RITA MORENO 1964
G.S. ARTHUR TREACHER 1964
SUBSTITUE HOST - JACK CLARK
WINNER - BRADY
WINNER - CAMPBELL 1959 (MERV GRIFFIN HOSTS)
WINNER - MARIARZ 1957
WINNER - MR. CAMERON
WINNER - MR. DARLING 1963
WINNER - MR. HARKENRIDER
WINNER - MRS. HOLMAN
WINNER - MR. LARR
WINNER - NAMOWICZ
WINNER - MR. PETERS
WINNER - PETERSON (FINAL NBC SHOW)
WINNER - PRIEST
WINNER - MR. REYES 1963
WINNER - RICE 1957
WINNER - RITNER 1963
WINNER - SOOTS
WINNER - MR. SWEENEY

BOB BARKER (30 MIN)

NO WINNER - 1972
NO WINNER - 1972
NO WINNER - 1972
WINNER - BOBO 1972
WINNER - CAROL 1972
WINNER - CAROL 1972
WINNER - CAROL 1972
WINNER - DOROTHY 1972
WINNER - DONNA 1972
WINNER - JAN 1972
WINNER - JOSSE 1972
WINNER - JUDY 1972
WINNER - JUNE 1972
WINNER - KEN 1972
WINNER - LINDA 1972
WINNER - MARCY 1972
WINNER - MARILYN 1972
WINNER - MARILYN 1972
WINNER - MARILYN 1972
WINNER - NANCY 1972
WINNER - PAM 1972
WINNER - PAT 1972
WINNER - PAULA 1972
WINNER - SANDEE 1972
WINNER - SHERRY 1972
WINNER - SHIRLEY 1972
WINNER - TERRY 1972
WINNER - TERRY 1972
NO WINNER - 1973
WINNER - ANGELA 1973
WINNER - ARLENE 1973
WINNER - BARBARA 1973
WINNER - BECKY 1973
WINNER - BONNIE 1973
WINNER - DONNA 1973
WINNER - GAY 1973
WINNER - GERRI 1972
NO WINNER - 1973
WINNER - IMOGENE 1973
WINNER - JERRY 1973
WINNER - JONI 1973
WINNER - LILLIAN 1973
WINNER - LINDA 1973
WINNER - MARIANNE 1973
WINNER - MARY 1973
WINNER - MARYBLYE 1973
WINNER - PAM 1973
WINNER - PENNY 1973
WINNER - SHARON 1973
WINNER - TERESA 1973
WINNER - TERRI 1973
WINNER - VERA 1973
WINNER - VIRGINIA 1973
WINNER - ANGELA 1974
WINNER - ANNIE 1974
WINNER - BEATRICE 1974
WINNER - CHERYL 1974 (HOST - DENNIS JAMES)
WINNER - ESTHER 1974
WINNER - NANCY 1974
WINNER - PETER 1974
WINNER - ROBERT 1974
WINNER - SUSAN 1974
WINNER - YOSEPA 1974
NO WINNER - 1975
WINNER - BARBARA 1975
WINNER - KIMBERLEY 1975
WINNER - PAULA 1975
WINNER - VICKY 1975

BOB BARKER 60 MIN SHOWS (1975-1989)

EPISODE FEATURES VANNA WHITE
WINNER - CHRISTY
WINNER - DEBORAH
WINNER - DIANE
WINNER - EARL
WINNER - FLORA
WINNER - GERTRUDE
WINNER - KATHRYN
WINNER - LEANE
WINNER - MARY
WINNER - PAULINE
WINNER - TERRY
WINNER - KATHRYN 1975
WINNER - VIRGINIA 1975
WINNER - DOROTHY 1976
WINNER - MARILYN 1976
WINNER - BRENDA 1977
WINNER - WANDA 1977
NO WINNER 1979
WINNER - BETTY 1979
WINNER - DALE 1979
WINNER - ELEAINE 1979
WINNER - EVELYN 1979
WINNER - JOHN 1979
WINNER - LYDIA 1979
WINNER - PATRICIA 1979
WINNER - PATRICIA 1979
WINNER - SHARI 1979
WINNER - TERRI 1979
NO WINNER - 1980
WINNER - ANNE MARIE 1980
WINNER - BARBARA 1980
WINNER - CAROL 1980
WINNER - CONNIE 1980
WINNER - CYNTHIA 1980
WINNER - GINA 1980
WINNER - JANET 1980
WINNER - LEROY 1980
WINNER - SHAUNA 1980
WINNER - THELMA 1980
G.S. OX BAKER (PRO WRESTLER) 1981
WINNER - DIANE 1981
WINNER - NANCY 1981
WINNER - AGNES 1982
WINNER - ALA 1982
WINNER - ANTHONY 1982
WINNER - DAVID 1982
WINNER - DEBORAH 1982
WINNER - DORA 1982
WINNER - GEORGEANNE 1982
WINNER - KAREN 1982
WINNER - KAREN 1982
WINNER - LEONARD 1982
WINNER - LETISHA 1982
WINNER - MELANIE 1982
WINNER - PHILLIP 1982
WINNER - TERRI 1982
1985 SHOW - TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY OLSEN ON DAY OF HIS DEATH
15TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW 1987

TOM KENNEDY - 30 MIN SHOWS 1985-86

WINNER - ALBERTHA
WINNER - BRENDA
WINNER - CHIEKO
WINNER - CLEMENT
WINNER - DONNA
WINNER - GEARY
WINNER - GREGORY
WINNER - JODIE
WINNER - KATHLEEN
WINNER - MARY
WINNER - PATRICE
WINNER - ROBIN

BOB BARKER - 60 MIN SHOWS (1990s)

WINNER - RICHARD 1991
WINNER - STEPHEN 1991
20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW 1992
16 EPISODES FROM OCT. 1995
1 EPISODE FROM SEPT. 1995
EPISODE FROM 5/22/97
EPISODE FROM 5/23/97

BOB BARKER 1 HOUR SHOWS (2000-2003)

NO WINNER 2000
WINNER - PATRICIA 2000
NO WINNER - 2001
NO WINNER - 2001
WINNER - ANDREA 2001
WINNER - BRENDA 2001
WINNER - CALLAN 2001
WINNER - DARBY 2001
WINNER - HENRY 2001
WINNER - HELEN 2001
WINNER - JENNIFER 2001
WINNER - JIMMY 2001
WINNER - JULIE 2001
WINNER - KARERI 2001
WINNER - KATHRYN 2001
WINNER - MARTHA 2001
WINNER - MICHAEL 2001
WINNER - PETER 2001
WINNER - ROBERT 2001
WINNER - ROLAND 2000
WINNER - SARA 2001
WINNER - STEVEN 2001
WINNER - TAMMY 2001
WINNER - TROY 2001
PRIMETIME NAVY SPECIAL 2002


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