Type
Reality/Game Show
Premiered
Jan. 06, 1975
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
Syndicated TV Network
Genre
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Wheel of Fortune

Pat Sajak hosts this game show, where contestants guess letters in mystery words and phrases. They win prizes based on results of spinning a wheel and guessing correctly to solve the mystery. Vanna White stars as the 'letter-turner.'

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31x195 Dad's Week (5) Aired: Jun. 13, 2014

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  • After the 2nd pilot bombed Lin Bolen still believed in the show and made a last ditch plea to NBC. Bolin made a deal with them, to put Wheel of Fortune on the air and if it's no good NBC…
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    After the 2nd pilot bombed Lin Bolen still believed in the show and made a last ditch plea to NBC. Bolin made a deal with them, to put Wheel of Fortune on the air and if it's no good NBC could fire her, but if it works she gets a raise. NBC executives gave Wheel of Fortune a green light but wanted Chuck Woolery back as host. The first episodes of Wheel of Fortune were taped in December of 1974 and premiered in 1975. Within weeks, it became not only the #1 show on NBC daytime, but the #1 show on daytime period.
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  • During the programs half hour, after the early rounds were solved, 'Chuck Woolery (I)' took the solver(s) of each round to look over the prizes that were available for them to buy, such as…
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    During the programs half hour, after the early rounds were solved, 'Chuck Woolery (I)' took the solver(s) of each round to look over the prizes that were available for them to buy, such as automobiles, trucks, trips to countries, televisions and numerous other items, for him, her or them to buy. After prize buying, the contestants, could then put the remaining money (safely) on a gift-certificate ticket, or gamble by keeping it active, with him, her or them, on his, her or their "account", and if that person or group solved another round successfully with hitting a bankrupt, the money (that was held over on "account"), was immediately added to that puzzle solvers' next win. Then, the amount was won and what was held over on account were added together, so after the next win, so they could purchase higher priced items. On a few occasions, but extremely rarely, the puzzle solvers even put the whole amount to their account, in hoping to purchase and own a new automobile or truck.
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  • Since Wheel of Fortune was doing well in the daytime rating hours, host Chuck Woolery asked for parity with what Richard Dawson was making since the show was beating Family Feud. Merv Griffin
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    Since Wheel of Fortune was doing well in the daytime rating hours, host Chuck Woolery asked for parity with what Richard Dawson was making since the show was beating Family Feud. Merv Griffin offered to increase Woolery's salary to $400,000, however, Woolery refused to take no less than $500,000. When NBC offered to pay Woolery the other $100,000, Griffin was angered and threatened to take the show to CBS. With both parties unwilling to compromise, Griffin fired Woolery and replaced him with temporarily, Rolf Benirschke while searching for Pat Sajak. Woolery's last show televised on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th, 1981.
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