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aceplace57
04-02-2015, 10:02 PM
Quite a nice turn of events for the lucky contestant.

Sort of like Vanna turning the wrong letter but even better because the lady immediately knew the price of the car.

I'm a bit puzzled why the show is so generous. I've often heard they simply stop and replay the game if there's a mistake. I've even read the fine print at the end of a few game shows stating portions of the game were reshot.

It's wonderful that they didn't just reset and start the car price guessing game over. Congrats!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/model-error-wins-price-contestant-car-article-1.2171402

Question for game show vets. What were you told would happen if there was a technical glitch during the game? Something like someone shouting out answers from the crowd or an answer getting accidentally revealed?

Renee
04-02-2015, 10:08 PM
Why not be generous? It's the first time I've thought or heard about price is right in years. Can't buy that kind of publicity.

aceplace57
04-02-2015, 10:34 PM
Drew Carey immediately recognized the entertainment value of the moment. Great publicity for the show and that's why he didn't get upset.

The pencil pushers and bean counters are the ones that might have a coronary. ;) Game shows are strictly regulated. A result of the quiz show scandals in the 1950's. (a movie was made about it). I'm not sure what the rules are for this type of situation. I have seen that disclaimer stating portions of the game were reshot. But don't know why or what happened that required reshooting.

The rules seem open to interpretation. Family Feud usually accepts answers given a second or two after the buzzer sounds. Other shows are hard asses and cruelly refuse to accept it. I watch The Chase and they frequently reject answers on the buzzer.

zombywoof
04-02-2015, 10:41 PM
I'm a bit puzzled why the show is so generous.

I'm a bit puzzled that you don't realize the entire point of the show is to give away prizes which are provided to the show for free by their manufacturers as a form of advertisement to the viewing masses.

aceplace57
04-02-2015, 10:52 PM
I'm a bit puzzled that you don't realize the entire point of the show is to give away prizes which are provided to the show for free by their manufacturers as a form of advertisement to the viewing masses.
No, that's not quite. These quiz shows are legally required to follow very strict rules. Just like a lottery, sweepstakes etc. The industry got badly burned by the Quiz show scandals in the 1950's. A lot of rules were put in place to ensure that never happened again.

The attitude you express is exactly what got the quiz shows in trouble originally. The producers were feeding answers to the public's favorite contestants. Creating a crowd pleaser that drew ratings. The producers didn't think it was a big deal. It was a show and they were manipulating it like they would a scripted show. But that's not how the public reacted when the story broke. The shit hit the fan.

aceplace57
04-02-2015, 11:00 PM
Cite for the Quiz Show Scandal. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiz_show_scandals)

The movie a few years ago covered it really well.

Leaper
04-03-2015, 01:34 AM
Also, in this case, they would've had to bring out another car with another set of price tags, or else drag out a game that wasn't prepared for that taping. I can see it being more trouble than it's worth.

Grumman
04-03-2015, 04:56 AM
There is a key difference here, and that is honesty.

The audience and future players are not being deceived about the nature of the game here. They are not being told that this is a game of skill when it's really the producers who decide who wins - and if it's a multiplayer game, deciding who doesn't win. Here they made what is presumably a genuine mistake, and honoured that mistake anyway, while being completely open about what they were doing.

bmasters1
04-03-2015, 07:32 AM
The rules seem open to interpretation. Family Feud usually accepts answers given a second or two after the buzzer sounds. Other shows are hard asses and cruelly refuse to accept it. I watch The Chase and they frequently reject answers on the buzzer.

IIRC, in Thom McKee's last match as TTD champion in 1980 (he was playing against challenger Erik Kraepelien, who would eventually become the champion), the category was "Numbers," and Wink asked him, "In Washington Irving's famous classic, how many years did Rip Van Winkle sleep?"

Thom came up with the right answer of 20, but when Wink asked the judge if it was in time, the judge said that it wasn't, and the answer was not accepted. That's how it all went down, IINM.

pkbites
04-03-2015, 07:42 AM
No, that's not quite.

Sure it is. They can give away prizes given as payment for advertisement by the manufacturer and still maintain honesty and integrity. Those 2 things aren't mutually exclusive.

Hampshire
04-03-2015, 08:08 AM
I'm sure Hyundai isn't complaining. Now instead of being just another car given away on the Price is Right it becomes "The" car that was mistakenly given away and is shown on every news site and news show for a week. You can't buy that kind of advertising.

Sir T-Cups
04-03-2015, 08:58 AM
There was a time when Bob was still hosting that one of the contestants just revealed the answer to one of the prizes and IIRC they just gave the thing to him...and he was just being an asshole instead of a genuine mistake.

Good for TPIR for just being stand-up people about it, a great story that gives GREAT PR.

RealityChuck
04-03-2015, 09:37 AM
Many, if not most, of the prizes on game shows are supplied by the manufacturers. They are always disclosed at the end credits.

Big prizes like cars can be purchased by the show. I wouldn't be surprised if the car manufacturer supplied them for free (at least, to show at the studio and then returned when it's not won). If they do charge, it will be at a major discount over the sticker price (hell, few car purchasers pay the sticker price). Hyundai may even be happy to write off their cost (which, of course, is less than sticker) for the publicity -- which in this case was well worth the price of the car.

The rules for game shows don't really regulate how prizes are obtained. At most, they would require mentioning donor, and I'm not even sure if they require the listing of who donates the prizes, since the donor would insist on credits anyway.

muldoonthief
04-03-2015, 09:50 AM
And it's not like a $21,000 sticker price car is some gigantic, rare prize for The Price Is Right. They probably average more than 1 car per episode anyway. It would probably be different if for instance Regis had accidentally given away the answer to the 1 million dollar question back on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

bmasters1
04-03-2015, 10:04 AM
There was a time when Bob was still hosting that one of the contestants just revealed the answer to one of the prizes and IIRC they just gave the thing to him...and he was just being an asshole instead of a genuine mistake.


It was on a 2005 playing of Flip Flop, and the contestant was named Brenton, as I recall.

Quimby
04-03-2015, 10:17 AM
They are smart enough to know honest mistakes from things that seem shady. A few years ago someone bid the exact right amount for a showcase. Rather than be excited, you could tell from Drew's demeanor that they assumed there was some kind of foul play. It aired and you can tell Drew was weirded out because he assumed the guy must have cheated somehow and they would eventually have to throw out the prize. As I recall he technically won legitimately by basically doing the TPIR equivalent of counting cards (memorized the Prices of common prizes they gave away and then just added up the ones in his showcase). I could be misremembering but I think that was what happened.

This was completely different and was clearly a mistake from the start.

Grrr!
04-03-2015, 10:35 AM
Loved the model's reaction to her mistake. Hope she still has a job!

aceplace57
04-03-2015, 10:54 AM
She tweeted that her bosses weren't mad at her.

It was great publicity for the show. I haven't watched regularly in years. Now I'm thinking about setting my vcr to record it again. yes, I still use a vcr. lol

Manuela Arbelaez @ManuelaArbelaez · 22h 22 hours ago

For those of you asking: the producers and @DrewFromTV couldn't have been more supportive and understanding. I'm not in trouble :) phew!

CurtC
04-03-2015, 11:10 AM
Cite for the Quiz Show Scandal. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiz_show_scandals)

The movie a few years ago covered it really well.

On a side note, the movie Marty figured prominently in that story, being the academy award winner for best picture in the 1950s. So last year I decided to watch Marty - hey, I like good movies from any era.

Boy, was it a stinker! 1955 must have been a really bad year for movies if that one won.

Sir T-Cups
04-03-2015, 01:07 PM
They are smart enough to know honest mistakes from things that seem shady. A few years ago someone bid the exact right amount for a showcase. Rather than be excited, you could tell from Drew's demeanor that they assumed there was some kind of foul play. It aired and you can tell Drew was weirded out because he assumed the guy must have cheated somehow and they would eventually have to throw out the prize. As I recall he technically won legitimately by basically doing the TPIR equivalent of counting cards (memorized the Prices of common prizes they gave away and then just added up the ones in his showcase). I could be misremembering but I think that was what happened.

This was completely different and was clearly a mistake from the start.

I remember that happening, and someone (I can't remember who) ran a story about a guy who was in the audience who also knew the exact amount because of the same thing. He counted the cards. It's not completely off the rails either because a standing joke between me and my roommate in college was whenever they had a gumball machine on it was always $999. So we would see gumball machine and scream out 999!!

Loved the model's reaction to her mistake. Hope she still has a job!

She tweeted that her bosses weren't mad at her.

It was great publicity for the show. I haven't watched regularly in years. Now I'm thinking about setting my vcr to record it again. yes, I still use a vcr. lol

I believe this because Manuela is one of the better (if not best) model on the show. I can't even imagine that this isn't even kayfabe (yay wrestling terms) but the producers and Drew literally just do not care.

BobLibDem
04-03-2015, 01:18 PM
I didn't see the show, but potentially another contestant could have been adversely affected. The contestant goes into the round to spin the wheel for a chance to win the showcase. It's possible that she got a better placement in the order due to her winning that car, even though she didn't. So perhaps someone had to either spin first or second when he/she could have spun second or third but for the model's error. So possibly someone got screwed out of a chance for the showcase.

dropzone
04-03-2015, 04:18 PM
Boy, was it a stinker! 1955 must have been a really bad year for movies if that one won.They couldn't give an Oscar to the TV version, so they had to settle. However, the other nominees were Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, Picnic, and The Rose Tattoo, so you are right about the quality.

MovieMogul
04-03-2015, 04:28 PM
They couldn't give an Oscar to the TV version, so they had to settle. However, the other nominees were Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, Picnic, and The Rose Tattoo, so you are right about the quality.Actually, it was a great year for movies: Night of the Hunter, The Man from Laramie, All That Heaven Allows, Rebel Without a Cause, Kiss Me Deadly, East of Eden, and foreign classics like Ordet, Smiles of a Summer Night, Pather Panchali, and Diabolique. You can blame the Oscars for giving them collectively virtually zero love.

Defensive Indifference
04-03-2015, 04:32 PM
I haven't seen TPIR since I was a teenager. Is it my imagination, or have the models gotten waaaay sexier in the past couple of decades? That was some dress she was wearing. Great googily moogily.

Anyway, fun clip, and I agree that neither the show nor Hyundai is too broken up about this little mishap.

gotpasswords
04-03-2015, 05:10 PM
I have seen that disclaimer stating portions of the game were reshot. But don't know why or what happened that required reshooting.
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The full text is usually closer to “Portions of this program not affecting the outcome may have been edited.” which means if Drew's mic went dead while chatting with the contestant, they can stop tape, fix the mic and start that segment over, but if some aspect of the actual gameplay goes wrong, such as a model pulling the wrong tag off to reveal the winning price, it's set in stone, so to speak, and gets aired.

On the other hand, a few years ago, there was an incident where the Plinko board was accidentally rigged in the contestant's favor. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4AsQEfasR8&feature=youtube_gdata_player) (Short video with Drew Carey describing the incident) During a shooting hiatus, the Plinko game was used in shooting promos, and nobody in the studio realized or remembered that the board had been rigged up with fishing line to guarantee $10,000 payouts for the promo. Midway through the game, someone had the "OH SHIT!" moment and stops the game. After some delay, the game is un-rigged and the contestant re-plays the game, winning an honest $3,000. She was also allowed to keep the $30,000 from the rigged game, but that was dropped from the broadcast entirely.

gigi
04-03-2015, 05:11 PM
Cite for the Quiz Show Scandal. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiz_show_scandals)

The movie a few years ago covered it really well.

I wish I could remember the name of that movie.

Leaper
04-03-2015, 06:13 PM
I didn't see the show, but potentially another contestant could have been adversely affected. The contestant goes into the round to spin the wheel for a chance to win the showcase. It's possible that she got a better placement in the order due to her winning that car, even though she didn't. So perhaps someone had to either spin first or second when he/she could have spun second or third but for the model's error. So possibly someone got screwed out of a chance for the showcase.

Yeah, but isn't part of the point that we don't know what would've happened if the game were played as normal?

The Other Waldo Pepper
04-03-2015, 06:56 PM
Actually, it was a great year for movies:

Guys And Dolls! To Catch A Thief! Guys And Dolls! Blackboard Jungle! Guys And Dolls! Bad Day At Black Rock! Guys And Dolls! To Hell And Back! Guys And Dolls!

MovieMogul
04-03-2015, 07:01 PM
Guys And Dolls! To Catch A Thief! Guys And Dolls! Blackboard Jungle! Guys And Dolls! Bad Day At Black Rock! Guys And Dolls! To Hell And Back! Guys And Dolls!
I see what you did there, alternating a bad movie with a good one!

For as much as I love G&D the musical (which is nothing short of genius), the less said about the rather atrocious movie, the better.

notfrommensa
04-03-2015, 08:08 PM
I wish I could remember the name of that movie.



Quiz Show (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiz_Show_(film)) Directed by Robert Redford

RealityChuck
04-03-2015, 09:02 PM
I see what you did there, alternating a bad movie with a good one!

For as much as I love G&D the musical (which is nothing short of genius), the less said about the rather atrocious movie, the better.It's not atrocious, but you got to think something's wrong when the cast Frank Sinatra in a role originated by someone who couldn't sing.

Cayuga
04-04-2015, 11:43 AM
Loved the model's reaction to her mistake. Hope she still has a job!

The producers were perfectly ready to give away the car if the contestant won. It's not like it was a thousand-to-one longshot and the model messed it up. Whatever amount the show spent on the car was already built into the budget for the episode.


I didn't see the show, but potentially another contestant could have been adversely affected. The contestant goes into the round to spin the wheel for a chance to win the showcase. It's possible that she got a better placement in the order due to her winning that car, even though she didn't. So perhaps someone had to either spin first or second when he/she could have spun second or third but for the model's error. So possibly someone got screwed out of a chance for the showcase.

I'd always assumed the contestants spun in the order in which they got onstage, but now I realized that I don't really know that. Have to look on Monday.

Robot Arm
04-04-2015, 12:09 PM
Re: the showcase showdownI'd always assumed the contestants spun in the order in which they got onstage, but now I realized that I don't really know that. Have to look on Monday.I believe they play in reverse order of their winnings (so far). The player who has won the most gets the advantage of going last.

Bryan Ekers
04-04-2015, 12:14 PM
I haven't seen TPIR since I was a teenager. Is it my imagination, or have the models gotten waaaay sexier in the past couple of decades? That was some dress she was wearing. Great googily moogily.

My fond teenage memory of Christmas 1984. (http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/alex_8899/15852213/21400/21400_original.png)

wolfman
04-04-2015, 01:02 PM
So at the start she had 3 chances to guess the right one of 5?

so to not win the car = .8*.75*.66 = ~.40
It's not exactly like someone with a 60% chance anyway is gonna catch them unprepared when they do win.

Defensive Indifference
04-04-2015, 01:17 PM
My fond teenage memory of Christmas 1984. (http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/alex_8899/15852213/21400/21400_original.png)
Oh my.

Spud
04-04-2015, 07:23 PM
I'd always assumed the contestants spun in the order in which they got onstage, but now I realized that I don't really know that. Have to look on Monday.

Nope... top winner gets to go first and has the option to bid or pass.

Here is a good article on the guy who got the exact price on the showcase. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a7922/price-is-right-perfect-bid-0810/.

Sir T-Cups
04-04-2015, 08:00 PM
Cite for the Quiz Show Scandal. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiz_show_scandals)

The movie a few years ago covered it really well.

I wish I could remember the name of that movie.

Quiz Show (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiz_Show_(film)) Directed by Robert Redford

That movie. You know the one. Where the guy was on that quiz show, and he knew the answers to the questions on the quiz show, that he won so much money he wasn't allowed on anymore quz shows

I believe it was called "The man with the really good memory"

The Other Waldo Pepper
04-05-2015, 12:10 AM
CITIZEN KANE! It was CITIZEN KANE! IT WAS CITIZEN KANE!

Eyebrows 0f Doom
04-05-2015, 10:54 AM
Nope... top winner gets to go first and has the option to bid or pass.

Here is a good article on the guy who got the exact price on the showcase. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a7922/price-is-right-perfect-bid-0810/.

He's talking about spinning the wheel, not the Showcase Showdown.

choie
04-08-2015, 06:23 PM
CITIZEN KANE! It was CITIZEN KANE! IT WAS CITIZEN KANE!

Gosh, this was really funny. I'm not being sarcastic! Nooo! This is just a little speech impediment. I can't help it!




;) Really. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziH9St7ajuw)

Jophiel
04-08-2015, 07:43 PM
I haven't seen TPIR since I was a teenager. Is it my imagination, or have the models gotten waaaay sexier in the past couple of decades? That was some dress she was wearing. Great googily moogily.
Dian Parkinson was famously in Playboy in the early 90's.

Bikini screenshots (http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/12/ee/f9/12eef99412499740b7313c767d895192.jpg) from TPIR (http://i.ytimg.com/vi/FXnOgQu5-T0/hqdefault.jpg)

I won't argue the attractiveness of the model in the OP though.

Mahaloth
04-09-2015, 10:38 AM
Here are 6 other times the Price is Right screwed up. Lots of fun. (http://www.avclub.com/article/come-doh-6-times-price-right-screwed-217610)

TBG
04-10-2015, 07:21 PM
I wish I could remember the name of that movie.

It wasn't a movie, it was just an episode of Happy Days. You're welcome. ;)

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