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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  • Director Marty Pasetta was hired to jazz up the show and Pasetta brought in veteran set designer Ed Flesh. They came up with a set that had a Las Vegas feel and included a wheel that was much…
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    Director Marty Pasetta was hired to jazz up the show and Pasetta brought in veteran set designer Ed Flesh. They came up with a set that had a Las Vegas feel and included a wheel that was much bigger, a motorized puzzleboard, and had loud light and sound effects. But the new set had a few problems, the Wheel would not stop spinning and the puzzleboard was not motorized. To fix the problems a prop man was put under the wheel laying on his back with a television monitor trying to stop the wheel, though air condition and a fan had to be put down there because the guy almost fainted. They did not have time to motorize the puzzleboard, so the job required a live body to move the letters. Griffin wanted 29 year old Susan Stafford, a model and TV personality. Chuck Woolery was also out for the second pilot, NBC executives preferred 41 year old Edd Byrnes. On August 28, 1974 the second pilot was filmed and renamed Wheel of Fortune. The second pilot was also a bomb and this time it was the host and the sound effects. Test audiences said the sound effects were too noisy. Edd Byrnes who said things like "spin the puzzle and solve the wheel". It was reported and Byrnes was scared to death of doing a show like this. Also in his autobiography it Byrnes admitted to being drunk during filming. In the control room Merv Griffin got upset because Pasetta not only shot the game shooting but other things such as the audience. Griffin wanted it shot more like Jeopardy! which eventually made Pasetta ban Griffin from the control room.
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  • A new set makes it's debut. The prizes were now displayed on a new trillion turntable. The 3 row puzzleboard has been changed to one with 4 rows. The Green sequenced backdrops had been…
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    A new set makes it's debut. The prizes were now displayed on a new trillion turntable. The 3 row puzzleboard has been changed to one with 4 rows. The Green sequenced backdrops had been replaced by Red, Yellow, and Blue Sunburts Backdrops that corresponded better with the contestant score displays. The new backdrops also doubled as a second scoreboard to show the amount of money a player had on account.
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  • This is the last episode hosted by Pat Sajak who left the show to work on this late night talk show, The Pat Sajak Show. However, he did continue hosting the nighttime show.
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