“Wheel of Fortune” Launches 30th Season on September 17th with More Money, Categories, Contests, and Apps
Edit: We’re bumping this back up to the top to remind you that the 30th season of Wheel of Fortune debuts today, September 17th. Check your local listings. If you’ve got any feedback or thoughts for this 30th season premiere we’d love to hear. Be sure to comment and let us know. Inside you can read about all the new features, prizes, and contests in store for the 30th anniversary as well.
Wheel of Fortune, one of those very few shows that seems like it could run forever, begins its 30th season on Monday, September 17th, in syndication (check your local listings). The same great game you’ve known and loved for an impressive three decades returns with a few added tweaks, updates, and surprises to keep it fresh.
When you tune in Monday, you’ll get to see a classic clip from the show’s long history. The wheel will be getting an upgraded look this year with the help of a new surrounding screen. The seamless screen wraps from Pat Sajak’s base around all three players. You’ll also see the new “Ask Pat & Vanna” segment at the end of select show, where hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White will answer questions written by fans.
The game is being updated slightly as well. The new puzzle category “Decades” is being added. ”Decades” will quiz people on highlights from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Wheel of Fortune is now giving contestants a chance at more cash in the main game. Any time a contestant correctly calls a letter on a featured prize, a gift tag, or the one of the two “1/2 Car” spaces required to win the car, he or she will win $500 for each consonant.
Home viewers will also get the chance to pick up some extra cash from Wheel in the new “$5K Every Day” Cash Giveaway. Every night a new SPIN ID will be announced. That person has 24 hours to claim the $5,000 prize at Wheel‘s website. In addition, throughout the season will be several “Tweetstakes” where, during the show, a partially revealed puzzle will be featured. Viewers need to Tweet the answer to @wheeloffortune to be entered in a prize drawing.
If you want to play and interact with the game, Wheel is giving you two new chances in its 30th season. A new Wheel of Fortune Yahoo! application is launching on Sony Bravia televisions. The interactive entertainment experience gives fans access to all the Tweets from @wheeloffortune during the show, video clips, information on how to become a contestant, and more. A new 30th Anniversary Wheel of Fortune iOS and Android app will be coming soon as well. The app, which builds upon the very successful already-released game, gives users a new experience themed on the rich history of Wheel.
Looking forward to the new season?
Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Television.