Archive of Wheel of Fortune

18Sep2013
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The Awkward Express on “Wheel of Fortune.”

Last night's episode of Wheel of Fortune provided us with two interesting moments. First, we see contestant Paul land on the Million Dollar Wedge and calling a correct letter in the puzzle. To claim it for the remainder of the game, he must solve the puzzle. From there, it left our heads scratching with an unusual puzzle solve and an awkward three second moment of silence. Later in the game, we finally see the Express wedge being played out. We like the changes the show has made over these years, and the new Express element is welcomed. Jackpot had a good run, but it was time for something new. Click here to watch the video.

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Season Debuts of “Family Feud”, “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” Today

Today's a very busy day for game show fans.  The top three game shows around are back with new episodes and features to look for.  The long running syndicated games Family FeudJeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune all return with new seasons today, September 16th.  Family Feud is getting an updated set.  If you haven't seen our teases of it yet, it's beautiful so be sure to watch.  Jeopardy! also gets a new set for its 30th season along with the upcoming Battle of the Decades tournament.  Finally Wheel of Fortune retires the "Jackpot" wedge and adds the "Express" which you can read about here.  Be sure to let us know what you think of each. Click here to discuss.

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30Jul2013
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Report: “Wheel of Fortune” Adds “Express” Wedge for New Season

Every year Wheel of Fortune manages to stay fresh and exciting by removing tired game play elements and adding new ones to liven up the action.  This season it is being reported that the Jackpot round, currently seen in round one, is being retired after 17 years.  In its place, in round three, is the brand new $1,000 "Express" Wedge.  Click here to learn how the Express wedge works and let us know what you think of it.

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26Jul2013
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“Wheel of Fortune” Director Mark Corwin Passes Away

Sad news to pass along from Sony.  Long time Emmy Award-winning Wheel of Fortune director Mark Corwin passed away on July 25th at the age of 65.  Corwin directed more than 2,000 episodes of the popular syndicated game.  He had a long history with the genre, though.  Other credits include Hollywood Squares, Password Plus, The New High Rollers, Card Sharks, and Jeopardy!.  Wheel executive producer Harry Friedman said, "Mark made directing Wheel of Fortune look easy and it’s no simple task. He loved this show and understood that the viewers have a special bond with Wheel, which he never took for granted." Photo courtesy Carol Kaelson.

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15Jul2013
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“Wheel of Fortune” Launches Online Auditions

I'm sure many of you want to be contestants on Wheel of Fortune.  Do you want the chance to be on the show and spin for $1,000,000 but can't make it to a Wheelmobile event?  You're in luck.  The show has launched a brand new online audition platform.  A national contestant search, in partnership with Sony's "Face of the Fan" has begun and lets people anywhere in America audition for Wheel of Fortune.  People can now upload 60 second audition videos to the search's website for the producers to look at.  Entrants should describe themselves, why they love Wheel of Fortune, and why they'd make a good contestant.  If your video is selected, you'll get the chance to audition when the show's final auditions come to an area near you.  Click here to learn more about the search and to get tips on how to be noticed.

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11Jul2013
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Win a Copy of the New “Wheel of Fortune: Cubed” Mobile Game!

We've got a cool contest for you all.  As you may have read, Wheel of Fortune released the all-new mobile game Wheel of Fortune: Cubed today.  It transforms the iconic puzzle board into a 5x5 cube, giving you all new ways to spin and win.  The iOS game is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch starting today for $0.99.  You could click here to buy it.  However, would you like to win a free copy?  We're teaming up with the show to give away five copies of the game.  Click here to learn how to win!

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11Jul2013
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Sony Pictures Television Launches “Wheel of Fortune: Cubed” Mobile Game

A whole new way to play Wheel of Fortune is available for IOS users.  Today, Sony Pictures Television has released the brand new Wheel of Fortune: Cubed game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.  Instead of playing Wheel on the typical game board, you now play it on a 5x5 word cube, creating thousands of intriguing word combinations that provide brand new ways  to have puzzle-solving fun.  You can play against your friends, spin the iconic wheel, and solve the cube.  You can also play a fast-paced single player version called Cube Rush.  Click here to learn more, see some screenshots of the game, and to find out where to download it.

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13Jun2013
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Tasha Trujillo Wins $100,000 on “Wheel of Fortune”

Not too long ago Wheel of Fortune gave away its $1,000,000 jackpot for the first time in five years.  However, the season's not over and there's still big money to be won.  The confetti dropped again this week and it, unfortunately, mostly flew under the radar, being overshadowed by the million and the winding down of the season. Tasha Trujillo, an assistant manager at U.S. Bank in Palm Desert, won the major $100,000 prize in the bonus round on Tuesday's edition.  Tasha left with a grand total of $110,850 in cash and prizes.  With the luck of some excellent letter calling in the bonus round, Tasha correctly solved the puzzle "COMPLETE OVERHAUL" to reveal the $100,000 envelope. Click here to learn more. Update: watch the big win inside!

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31May2013
Autumn Erhard Wins $1,000,000 Grand Prize on “Wheel of Fortune” Thumbnail

Autumn Erhard Wins $1,000,000 Grand Prize on “Wheel of Fortune”

The confetti fell on Wheel of Fortune Thursday night.  For the first time in five years, a contestant spun the $1,000,000 envelope and won. On Thursday's edition of Wheel Autumn Erhard became only the second person ever to take hom the million dollar top prize.  Autumn spun the $1,000,000 wedge in the main game, solved the puzzles, avoided Bankrupt, and beat the competition to take the top prize (along with the $30,000 in cash and prizes she had locked up).  Click here to watch the big win and learn more about this moment of game show history.  Let us know what you thought, as always.

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27May2013
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“Wheel of Fortune” Celebrates 30 Years with Big Money This Week

I try to keep you as spoiler free as possible while still letting you know when something of note will happen.  This is one of those times, so fair warning if you want to not know a single thing.  This week, Wheel of Fortune is celebrating 30 years on air.  Back from New York City, Pat Sajak and Vanna White are ready to give away big money.  Click here to learn more and to see a preview.

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03Apr2013
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Jeff Ellingson Wins $100,000 on “Wheel of Fortune”

Tuesday was a big money day for game shows.  In addition to the quarter million won on Millionaire yesterday, the confetti dropped on Wheel of Fortune. Jeff Ellingson, originally from Fargo but now living in Los Angeles, took away $100,000 from the long running syndicated game show on April 2nd.  Jeff won the game with$16,830.  He then correctly solved the bonus puzzle "A PAUSE IN THE ACTION" to take home the hundred grand.  Jeff left with a total of $116,830.  He is the third person this season to spin and win the $100,000 envelope.  Congratulations.  Hopefully we'll see another (or maybe a millionaire?) before the end of the season. Did you miss it? Click here to see the exciting moment and let us know what you thought.

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Ratings Report: The Usual Suspects “Wheel” and “Jeopardy!” Stay High, “Millionaire” Stays Steady Thumbnail

Ratings Report: The Usual Suspects “Wheel” and “Jeopardy!” Stay High, “Millionaire” Stays Steady

Here comes this week's report of game show ratings in syndication and cable. This is for the week of February 4th, 2013. Wheel of Fortune remains the unsurprising king of the syndicated ratings, scoring a 7.7 household rating and averaging 12.1 million viewers, losing a tenth of a ratings point and 200,000 viewers over last week. Jeopardy! naturally trails ever so slightly behind with a 6.9 rating, the same rating as last week, and stays in a virtual tie with last week's ratings, just fewer than 10.7 million viewers. Click here to read the rest of the ratings for this week, including Millionaire, Family Feud and GSN's ratings.

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Ratings Report: “Wheel” Stays Steady, “Millionaire” Stays Strong, “Chain Reaction” Reruns Very Well Thumbnail

Ratings Report: “Wheel” Stays Steady, “Millionaire” Stays Strong, “Chain Reaction” Reruns Very Well

Syndicated and GSN ratings are here for the week of January 28th, 2013. Great numbers all around this week once again, so let's take a look at them. Wheel of Fortune keeps its 7.8 household rating from last week's season high, but dips a few hundred thousand viewers to just fewer than 12.3 million. Jeopardy! goes down a tenth of a ratings point down to 6.9 and has a 100,000 viewer dip to land at just under 10.7 million viewers. Click here to read the rest of the report, including a comparison for these shows against primetime TV, the ratings for other shows like Family Feud and Millionaire, and to read about Chain Reaction having a surge of popularity on GSN's schedule.

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Ratings Report: “Wheel,” “Jeopardy!,” “Millionaire” & “Ask America” Hit Highs Thumbnail

Ratings Report: “Wheel,” “Jeopardy!,” “Millionaire” & “Ask America” Hit Highs

If you are associated with a syndicated game show this week, chances are you're feeling pretty good. All of those programs had very impressive numbers this week, going higher than some of us thought it might. The numbers for the week of January 21st are fun to look at. Wheel of Fortune stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of its competition this week as the highest rated first-run syndie program. Vanna and Pat gained just over 100,000 viewers to make a new viewership high for the season of 12.3 million viewers with a 7.8 household rating. Its Sony counterpart Jeopardy! had a great week too. Click here to read about that and other shows including Family Feud, Millionaire and Let's Ask America.

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UPDATE: Ratings Report: “Deal” Hits Series High, “Wheel” Spins Higher, “Price” Up Over Average Thumbnail

UPDATE: Ratings Report: “Deal” Hits Series High, “Wheel” Spins Higher, “Price” Up Over Average

UPDATE: Instead of putting it off until next week, we've updated this week's Ratings Report to put out some great ratings news for Let's Make a Deal. According to CBS, the week of January 21st (last week) saw the Wayne Brady show reach its highest viewership ever since beginning in 2009. The show averaged 3.14 million viewers over the hour (2.9 million viewers in the first half hour, almost 3.4 million in the second) and tied or beat many highs in the important female demographics. Congratulations to them!

A slight delay in this week's Ratings Report for whatever reason, but here it is, packed with all kinds of information this week! The syndicated ratings for the week of January 14th will kick us off. Wheel of Fortune hit another ratings high this week, eclipsing the previous one by more than 400,000 viewers. They scored over 12.2 million viewers, netting a 7.8 household rating. Jeopardy!'s viewership is very slightly down from its season high last week, losing fewer than a hundred thousand viewers to finish with more than 10.4 million viewers and a solid 6.8 rating. Click here to read much more detailed information about ratings from Family Feud, The Price Is Right, Let's Make a Deal, GSN shows and much more!

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