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SuperMatch93

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TPIR: New studio details
« on: July 29, 2023, 04:14:37 PM »
I attended the first Price is Right taping yesterday with a number of fans from this forum and Golden-Road. While I won't spoil gameplay, here are some details about what the audience processing procedure is like now, courtesy of G-R user gamesurf:

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Nearly everything takes place at a Korean church next door to the studio lot. You only actually step onto the studio lot for the last part of the process. All the steps from previous Drew tapings are there sans COVID requirements which have been lifted.
First line queues outside the church. You're handed paperwork and are told to fill it out. You are assigned a number here. They began processing at 7AM even though call time was 8.You enter the church, wait in a hallway. Pull out your identification, and get your name tag. Go up the stairs, get your photo taken. Turn in your paperwork. Affirm that you are eligible (or get an X on your number).Enter a giant Sunday School room with 150-200 chairs set up. You will be broken into groups of 6-12. You'll be taken to the side in a holding area, waiting for your interview with Hannah. Enter a small private room with your group of 6-10 with Hannah. She'll go through all the people in your group and talk to them, with her assistant cryptically taking notes the whole time. This means other groups can't listen in on interviews. Go back and sit down in the group of 150 chairs, staying in numerical order (or as close as reasonable). There are chips and soda and coffee provided on a table nearby. No hot meals though. These were free but depleted quickly. Wonder if they have plans for something bigger and better in the future. Also, this room was kept VERY cold. Sit and wait until everybody has been processed and interviewed. Page takes you out into the hallway again, and the photo station has been converted to a phone check station. Leave your phone, get a ticket number. Led outdoors behind the church to an outdoor area 150 or 200 yards outside, shade tents covering about half of the line, for everybody else to finish the phone check. There are outdoor bathrooms; this is your last chance before showtime .Led through a door in the fence onto the studio lot, into the studio, down the hall, and into the studio.

Also from gamesurf, here's an artist's rendition of Contestants' Row:



Of note are the monitors below and flanking the bid displays (which show the same blue background the turntable screens do), and a lack of stairs. Instead of walking up from an audience pit, they now simply walk around the half-walls on the side and onto the stage.

Also, despite the drawings perspective the audience is not on bleachers like the Italian or other foreign versions. Instead there's a multiplex-style stadium seating arrangement with approximately 170 seats by our count. People who had been to 33 commented that there is far more leg room than in the past.

Overall, it was an amazing experience and I look forward to returning on Monday and Tuesday. If anyone has other non-gameplay-related questions about the new season, feel free to ask.
« Last Edit: August 04, 2023, 12:05:34 AM by SuperMatch93 »
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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2023, 04:38:56 PM »
I guess this means the screen at the back of the audience is gone?
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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2023, 05:03:34 PM »
I guess this means the screen at the back of the audience is gone?

No, the screen is still there. Instead of a raised floor in the middle of the audience, there's now a go-go dancer-esque platform with a couple stairs in the back aisle that the models stand at to show off the trips.
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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2023, 06:16:21 AM »
For reference, the original Italian Contestant's Row

https://ibb.co/MRCvm0w


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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2023, 06:49:17 AM »
I always thought the covid contestants row were nice. I wish they used those podiums

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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2023, 05:39:41 PM »
The only thing I liked about the "no audience season" podiums was the flashing dollar sign on the podiums, it reminded me of how the dollar sign used to flash on the "New Price is Right" sign in the back of the audience. Otherwise I found the no audience season unwatchable.

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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2023, 05:59:47 PM »
Otherwise I found the no audience season unwatchable.
I wouldn't call it unwatchable but it was distracting. TPiR is definitely a show that needs some sort of an audience. With Wheel, J!, or even Millionaire the fake audience didn't bother me because for the first two they could be outta sight outta mind.

But for TPiR it just felt silly to try and emulate an audience when you clearly covered up your seating area. At least Millionaire used its staff and contestants as ambient noise. TPiR really tried to make it seem like there was a full crowd in Studio 33 and it didn't work. And contestants being on 11 don't work in that kind of environment.

I did like "Covidtestants Row", FWIW.
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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2023, 10:24:40 PM »
Otherwise I found the no audience season unwatchable.
I wouldn't call it unwatchable but it was distracting. TPiR is definitely a show that needs some sort of an audience. With Wheel, J!, or even Millionaire the fake audience didn't bother me because for the first two they could be outta sight outta mind.

But for TPiR it just felt silly to try and emulate an audience when you clearly covered up your seating area. At least Millionaire used its staff and contestants as ambient noise. TPiR really tried to make it seem like there was a full crowd in Studio 33 and it didn't work. And contestants being on 11 don't work in that kind of environment.

I did like "Covidtestants Row", FWIW.

Two other things I didn't like for that season... "Come on Down" may as well have been "Make an ENTRANCE!!", because each contestant tried to do something unique upon entering the studio. Also, it seems the contestants were told in advance that if they win in contestant's row, to stop and react, looking directly at the camera before heading to Drew, which made every reaction look the same. (It can be argued also that the contestant running to their prize with each win is also a bit old. Yes, some contestants did this with Bob, but they weren't told to do so. I understand contestants are now told to do it.)

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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2023, 12:02:24 AM »
I understand contestants are now told to do it.

At the shows I saw this past week, George jokingly mentioned that "your impulse will be to run away" (i.e. off stage) and that when in doubt, smile and wave next to Drew. He did mention off-hand that you could run to the prize if you won it unless it was a trip where there's nothing really to run to, but we weren't specifically directed to do so or anything. That said, most people still did; I guess it's a common enough practice now that people just do what they've seen on air.

Also, there was a blackout during show 1 of Tuesday's taping. I was there to see show 2, and also ended up being one of the seat-fillers Jacob (the OP) mentions.
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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2023, 04:06:03 AM »
He did mention off-hand that you could run to the prize if you won it unless it was a trip where there's nothing really to run to, but we weren't specifically directed to do so or anything.

I just skimmed the "Farewell to Studio 33" episode. Every single time a contestant won a pricing game for a prize that was inside a door, Drew gestured for them to run to it.

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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2023, 07:57:22 AM »
He did mention off-hand that you could run to the prize if you won it unless it was a trip where there's nothing really to run to, but we weren't specifically directed to do so or anything.

I just skimmed the "Farewell to Studio 33" episode. Every single time a contestant won a pricing game for a prize that was inside a door, Drew gestured for them to run to it.
Considering that Wayne does the same thing when a contestant wins a car, I presume that it's a carryover from the Mike Richards era of both shows.

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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2023, 09:08:55 AM »
I can understand the car, since that dates back to Monty’s run and it makes sense to wanna sit in the car you just won. I could even understand sitting on the new couch you just won. But I’ve seen people run over to their new TV or grill and it just looks goofy and forced.
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2023, 09:33:12 AM »
I'm assuming they do it because it's easier to do editing in post when the contestant and Drew are in separate locales.

But yes, I love seeing a jubilant player hugging a screen that says "HOUSE CLEANING FOR A YEAR"
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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2023, 11:49:54 AM »
I did always say that if I won a bedroom set, I'd run over and climb into the bed.

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Re: TPIR: New studio details
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2023, 01:01:34 PM »
During one of the Barker channel episodes, Bob mentioned that the player could not go through the doors to their prize because S&P was afraid the contestant might see something. The credit roll was an exception for obvious reasons. At some point between that mention and the debut of Easy as 1-2-3 (which required the contestant to go through the doors) S&P relaxed that rule.