'The Price is Right' Marks Its 40th Season on CBS with Special Episodes, A Star-Studded Celebrity Week and a New Set

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September 19th, 2011

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"THE PRICE IS RIGHT" MARKS ITS 40th SEASON ON CBS WITH SPECIAL EPISODES, A STAR-STUDDED CELEBRITY WEEK AND A NEW SET

America's Longest-Running Game Show Returns With New Episodes Monday, Sept. 19

The 7,500th Episode Will Air Wednesday, Sept. 28

          THE PRICE IS RIGHT, the longest-running game show in television history, hosted by Drew Carey, will mark its 40th season on CBS with a freshly updated set, and a look back at some memorable moments when the season premieres Monday, Sept. 19 on the CBS Television Network. In addition, the show will air its first-ever celebrity week the week of Jan. 2, 2012.

During the first week, PRICE will take a look back at its rich history with classic clips that include the first PRICE episode and the first time Plinko was played. In addition, one of the biggest prize giveaways in the show's history takes place during this first week, and on Wednesday, Sept. 28, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will air its 7,500th episode.

This season of THE PRICE IS RIGHT will also feature some of the show's most exciting prizes ever, including luxury cars, computer systems and high-end fashion. Throughout the season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will air special event showcases that include trips of a lifetime, tickets to awards shows and celebrity events, and performances by casts of Broadway musicals such as "Billy Elliot." During the week of January 2, 2012, an array of stars including Snoop Dog, Jenny McCarthy, and Neil Patrick Harris will headline a special celebrity week of shows as they play with contestants in their favorite games for the charities of their choice. Other special episodes include salutes to teachers and nurses, a breast cancer awareness show, and PRICE's traditional Veterans Day show.

The iconic PRICE IS RIGHT set has now been transformed into a 360-degree studio, allowing production to take place throughout the freshly revamped audience area.

"We are beyond thrilled to be entering our 40th season on air," said Mike Richards, Executive Producer. "We continue to evolve the show to build on Drew Carey's amazing strengths while maintaining our core, which is the energetic contestants winning incredible prizes."

FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said, "We are very pleased that THE PRICE IS RIGHT continues to excite audiences each and every day. Drew Carey has really made this show his own daily party and the show continues to resonate with viewers of all ages."

THE PRICE OF RIGHT enjoys a long and illustrious history in the CBS Television Network's daytime roster and the archives contain some fun facts as to what has gone into producing the first 39 seasons.

  • More than 100,000 prizes have been given away, including cars, boats and dream-come-true trips.
  • More than 2,000,000 audience members have been to the studio to see a taping of THE PRICE IS RIGHT in person, and more than 65,000 contestants have been told to "come on down!"

•·        Approximately 3,600 "Pinko" chips have been dropped.

•·        More than 15,000 of the show's legendary "Showcases" have been presented.

•·        The biggest winner in the daytime version of THE PRICE IS RIGHT won a total of $147,517 in cash and prizes. The most expensive single prize ever offered on THE PRICE IS RIGHT was a Tesla Roadster worth $112,845.

•·        The show's popular "Cliff Hangers" game has been played more than 700 times, with "the yodelly guy," as he has been affectionately named, going over the edge 282 times.

•·        Models have highlighted prizes with that world-famous PRICE IS RIGHT "wrist flip" more than 300,000 times.

•·        Every single episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT on CBS Daytime has been taped in Studio 33 at CBS Television City in Hollywood. One prime time special was taped in Las Vegas to celebrate the show's 30th season.

•·        To celebrate his long tenure as host and the show's 5,000th episode, CBS renamed Studio 33 "Bob Barker Studio" on April 9, 1998.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT originally premiered on CBS, on September 4, 1972. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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