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Title: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: isucgv on August 28, 2019, 07:11:18 PM
Having never been to a game show taping even, I've always been kind of curious what happens during the commercial breaks, especially as far as the contestants are concerned.  Does the host leave the set right away and not come back until the taping is about to resume?  If you are playing with a celebrity, do they chit-chat with you?  That sort of thing...
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: PPatters on August 28, 2019, 09:02:04 PM
For the game show I was on, commercial breaks were usually quick. They may adjust cameras, set contestants where they need to be, and touch up makeup and hair. The host and celebrities did stick around and talk. The producers came up, too, to discuss strategies, what you did well and what you may adjust, etc... (That sounds like a lot, but seriously they were literally usually just 2 minute breaks.)
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: jage on August 29, 2019, 12:21:19 AM
I'm surprised S&P would allow for talk of strategy, etc.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: TLEberle on August 29, 2019, 12:58:24 AM
PP: what were you on?

Jags: producers are trying to get the most out of their players so talking to them about voice modulation, pacing and the like would be things to go over during downtime.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: whewfan on August 29, 2019, 06:59:45 AM
Having never been to a game show taping even, I've always been kind of curious what happens during the commercial breaks, especially as far as the contestants are concerned.  Does the host leave the set right away and not come back until the taping is about to resume?  If you are playing with a celebrity, do they chit-chat with you?  That sort of thing...

I've never seen the host leave the set on the shows I've seen (Baldwin MG, Card Sharks 2001, J!, TPIR, Hollywood Squares) Only Bob talked with the contestants and the audience. With the other shows, that's left up to the warmup person. Alex does talk at length with the audience, but the tapings I've seen, sometimes he did have to talk with the producers about whatever was supposed to be done. I haven't seen a Pyramid taping, but I can imagine there's almost no talking between celebs and contestants. It might be a standards and practices issue. I know none of the Squares chatted it up with the players. There's always that fear of contestants getting material important to the game, as it's assumed that the celebs may know some of it in advance (that is true of HS as answers to questions are supplied) Regarding the warmup person, the MG tapings I saw, the warmup guy wasn't so much involved except in the beginning. The Warmup guy for HS was obnoxious, and his schtick was primarily making prank calls, and assuming this was legit, he's prank called some of these people more than once, as the people that answer know right away it's him and hang up.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: PPatters on August 29, 2019, 10:39:44 AM
PP: what were you on?

It hasnít aired yet, and the producers and the contract I signed have scared me enough, so I canít quite say what I was on. But, I will say about discussing strategy during commercial breaks: a specific part of the contract made it clear that individuals associated with the show may discuss strategy and, if so, we couldnít use that as an excuse as to why we didnít win. (So, if someone said ďit may be best to do X,Ē and then we did X and we lost, we couldnít complain.) So, they built on the discussing strategy piece into the contract itself. Iíll gladly tell all after the episode airs :)
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: TLEberle on August 29, 2019, 12:02:40 PM
Good enough.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: Loogaroo on August 29, 2019, 08:55:32 PM
For Funny You Should Ask, they essentially go straight into the next act, since they like to keep the audience energy up coming back from the break.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: SuperMatch93 on August 29, 2019, 09:58:46 PM
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me goes right into the next segment; they usually re-record a couple things after the show is done, which takes about 5 minutes.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: Joe Mello on August 29, 2019, 10:33:53 PM
Leaving the stage is probably not the right phrase but IIRC Pat and Vanna head out of sight to get prepped for the next round(s).

Having a "think out loud at your own risk" thing in the agreement is rather novel, I think.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: cmjb13 on August 29, 2019, 10:49:13 PM
Leaving the stage is probably not the right phrase but IIRC Pat and Vanna head out of sight to get prepped for the next round(s).

Having a "think out loud at your own risk" thing in the agreement is rather novel, I think.
Vanna goes behind the puzzle board.

Pat will do the same or visit the producers table.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: PYLdude on September 03, 2019, 11:08:05 PM
I don't know what it was like for hot seaters on Millionaire but for the standees, the podium was the center of attention. Once the break hit, they brought out some water for me and Cedric and the director talked to him about how he was doing while Geoff Rosen did pretty much what PPatters described with me. We also got touched up by the makeup lady right before we resumed.

I'm assuming that's how everyone did it afterwards; if anybody can vouch/offer new info, please do.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: GiraffeBoy on September 07, 2019, 02:25:25 PM
Water break. The hot lights and dry atmosphere in the studio dehydrate you quickly. On WOF, they gave each of the players a water bottle (colored dot on the top to indicate which player's bottle).

I still remember on Millionaire being reminded to speak more loudly. I have a soft voice, so I needed to be made more conscious of this. Also, during my first break, Chris talked to me about setting up the interview that started the next segment.

They love to play pop music during the breaks at Wheel. When Millionaire would bring in a new contestant, they'd play something at the player's request (e.g. "Roar" by Katy Perry was mine, because of course, I am a champion!  :D)

--Charlie
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: Card Shark on September 07, 2019, 03:45:30 PM
Having seen TPIR once with Bob as host and 3 times with Drew, this is what I've seen. Bob took questions from the audience during the breaks and the breaks were limited to a few minutes so as to maintain the live to tape format. Drew tends to spend more time between segments shmoozing with the audience. After the first showcase showdown, Drew leaves the stage to take a water break and the stagehands move the turntable wall out a bit more. I can't remember if it's angled differently, but it's re-positioned. But, Drew does tend to spend more time really trying to strike a rapport with the audience than what I remember of Bob's interactions with the audience. I'm not suggesting that Drew is "better" than Bob or vice versa by any means, but just reporting my observations. Others may have had different experiences depending on when they may have attended tapings. I saw an episode hosted by Bob 20 years ago, and ones by Drew in 2013, and 2017. So, there it is.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: Brian44 on September 07, 2019, 05:50:50 PM
(...because of course, I am a champion!  :D)

Just when I think you've stroked your ego enough on this forum...  ::)
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: Neumms on September 11, 2019, 08:25:47 PM
They love to play pop music during the breaks at Wheel.

Given the dated, crummy quality of their theme and cues, I can only imagine how fresh the pop music must be. "The Pina Colada Song" anyone?
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: jjman920 on September 11, 2019, 10:48:07 PM
They love to play pop music during the breaks at Wheel.

Given the dated, crummy quality of their theme and cues, I can only imagine how fresh the pop music must be. "The Pina Colada Song" anyone?
Been to a few tapings this year and it's surprisingly current. Makes you wonder why it doesn't translate over to the puzzles or music package.

It's also referential. One taping I went to had a contestant who was a Taylor Swift fan and during the first break following the contestant interview they played something from her most recent album, if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: tidefan12 on September 12, 2019, 01:30:32 PM
When I was a contestant on Weakest Link (syndie), each of the 6 of us had a PA assigned to us that took us somewhere off set within the studio and the warmup guy chatted it up with the audience.  George Gray was only around when the cameras were rolling, so the only interaction we had with him happened as part of the game. 

On Pyramid(Donny Osmond version), there was slightly more interaction with Donny during breaks.  He came over and posed for pics with each contestant and chatted with us briefly during one break.  And the only time we were separated from our celeb partners was during the break before the Winner's Circles.  The contestant coordinator came and sat in the celeb spot to drill us on playing and I'm told the celebs on that version were off set somewhere with the production staff.  I don't recall whether or not there was a warmup guy on that one. 
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: TimK2003 on September 12, 2019, 07:07:20 PM
When I saw a taping session of John Davidson-hosted Hollywood Squares (Spring, 1987), they had John record personalized station promos for affiliates during the "commercial breaks".  As I recall, the general theme of the promos was "It's Hip To Be Square", riding the coat-tails of the then-recent Huey Lewis hit.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: vtown7 on September 12, 2019, 08:01:22 PM
When I was a contestant on Weakest Link (syndie), each of the 6 of us had a PA assigned to us that took us somewhere off set within the studio and the warmup guy chatted it up with the audience.  George Gray was only around when the cameras were rolling, so the only interaction we had with him happened as part of the game. 


Side note: when I saw in Price in 2017 George was more than happy to sign my Weakest Link mousepad (that I got at an Anne taping at the BBC in 2002).  He also was happy to hear what I had done with my winnings on the show 2 years prior.  Super nice guy.
Title: Re: What happens during the commercials?
Post by: WhammyPower on September 12, 2019, 09:14:30 PM
As I recall, the general theme of the promos was "It's Hip To Be Square", riding the coat-tails of the then-recent Huey Lewis hit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BbbRTRHLXY