News Flashes for August 14, 2012
We haven’t done any quick news flashes in a while. A few smaller stories have been floating around over the past few hours that deserve some mention.
*We like to think we usually have the best game show stories on the web but sometimes someone else writes something that blows us out of the water. The winner of the day is Mike Richards. Richards, the executive producer of The Price is Right and Let’s Make A Deal as well as host of GSN’s upcoming game The Pyramid, recently posted a story on the Price website where he discusses some of the fan mumblings from the past year. Topics include the whole “variety show” panic attack some people, the show’s music, and the prizes given away. Fantastic post that’s brought some interesting discussion on our Facebook page among other places. Click here to read the post.
*Anyone remember Dawn Harkins from ITV summer’s series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: The People Play? Dawn, a 61 year old teashop owner, won £75,000 in an extremely exciting episode. The money was going to be used to go to Australia to visit her long lost son Glyn who was given up for adoption 45 years ago. The Daily Mail caught up with Dawn and got some pictures of her journey. It’s a great story with a great finish. Click here to read. Below you can see Dawn’s big win.
*The Voice, NBC’s sole bright spot in its dark looking schedule, is planning some upcoming changes. The changes are in response to sharp ratings decline after the hook of the show, the spinning chairs of the blind auditions, finishes a few weeks in. The new features include the “Steal” and a “Knockout” round. This year, during each Battle round where two people from the same team compete against each other, an opposing coach and steal the person not selected to stay on the team. This means each coach’s team increases from eight to ten. A Knockout round will follow where singers will choose their own songs to compete against each other as the other sits onstage and watches. The field will be narrowed from 40 to 20 during this round and the live rounds will begin. The Voice will compete directly against The X Factor on Fox this season.
Source : Speakeasy