October 15th Marks Five Years of Drew Carey’s “The Price is Right”
Today is a pretty interesting anniversary for game shows. On this day, October 15th, five years ago, Drew Carey took over as host of the popular CBS daytime game show The Price is Right. Bob Barker announced his retirement after 35 years in 2006 and the show underwent an extremely long…almost painfully long…search for a host. Candidates include Mark Walberg, Todd Newton, George Hamilton, Mark Steines, John O’Hurley, David Price, Mario Lopez, Marco Antonio Regil, and other names floated around like Rosie O’Donnell. Mike Richards, who now produces the show (as well as Let’s Make A Deal) also auditioned. Drew Carey was selected after his performance on CBS’s short-lived primetime game show Power of 10.
If you listen to the very vocal online fanboys you’d think reaction is mixed-to-negative, but again those are just the very vocal online people. The negativity is always louder than the positive, and the reception for Drew has been very positive. Drew helped keep the show afloat and finally brought it into the 21st century. It doesn’t pretend it’s stuck a decade or two in the past but it holds on to its roots and has remained the same show people have known and loved for 41 years . Plus the show has brought back its fun family-on-TV feel by letting announcer George Gray to participate on camera and giving the models a personality and allowing them to be more than just a face. The show is fresh, fun, and we’re glad to still see it on the air. Thanks for the good times the past five years, Drew. We hope to see him and everyone else for many more.
For nostalgia sake, take a look at how the show was five years ago. Here’s the intro to Drew’s first taped episode It’s interesting to see how much the show has progressed for the better over that time. The show looks ancient in this clip and that was only in 2007. After that check out Drew’s first aired introduction.