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Mr. Brown

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Price's new studio & April 1st show
« on: April 01, 2024, 04:41:57 PM »
The show just posted this behind the scenes clip from the April Fools show on its Instagram.

Around the 00:19 mark, you see her pass an 'area' where Drew is hanging out prior to the show. Did he lose his special dressing room at the new studio? I remember that being a huge point of contention (so much so that Roger repeatedly brought it up in his post-firing interviews) at Studio 33.
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Re: Price's new studio & April 1st show
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2024, 05:42:10 PM »
The show just posted this behind the scenes clip from the April Fools show on its Instagram.

Around the 00:19 mark, you see her pass an 'area' where Drew is hanging out prior to the show. Did he lose his special dressing room at the new studio? I remember that being a huge point of contention (so much so that Roger repeatedly brought it up in his post-firing interviews) at Studio 33.

I'll defer to someone who's been to a taping, but I'd presume there are stopdowns when it makes more sense for Drew to have a seat backstage rather than go hang out in his dressing room. Maybe this is right before the show intro?

Also, what was so special about Drew's Studio 33 dressing room ? While he surely has needs, he doesn't strike me as a person who would need or want a "special" dressing room unles absolutely warranted.
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Re: Price's new studio & April 1st show
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2024, 06:56:29 PM »
You can see the Big Wheel on the monitor next to Drew. He's waiting backstage while they set up for the Showcase Showdowns.

(Which means that that shot in the Instagram video was taken after the April Fools' moment, even though the video is pretending it took place beforehand.)

Also, what was so special about Drew's Studio 33 dressing room ? While he surely has needs, he doesn't strike me as a person who would need or want a "special" dressing room unles absolutely warranted.

I don't know the why of it, but instead of Drew using the dressing room that Barker (and all the other hosts who hosted shows in Studio 33) used, two of the smaller dressing rooms along an adjacent hallway were converted into one larger space for Drew.

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2024, 11:55:03 AM »
You can see the Big Wheel on the monitor next to Drew. He's waiting backstage while they set up for the Showcase Showdowns.

(Which means that that shot in the Instagram video was taken after the April Fools' moment, even though the video is pretending it took place beforehand.)

Also, what was so special about Drew's Studio 33 dressing room ? While he surely has needs, he doesn't strike me as a person who would need or want a "special" dressing room unles absolutely warranted.

I don't know the why of it, but instead of Drew using the dressing room that Barker (and all the other hosts who hosted shows in Studio 33) used, two of the smaller dressing rooms along an adjacent hallway were converted into one larger space for Drew.

Roger commented that Drew's dressing room is the size of a small apartment. Drew wanted his own dressing room, it was a condition. He had other demands that he honestly didn't think CBS would find reasonable (For example, being hired with no audition) but CBS accommodated him all the way. To think, Bob was on TV for 50 years and had no problems at all using a dressing room also used by other talents as you mentioned, Scott. Maybe Bob saw it as an honor to use the same room that Jack Benny and Red Skelton probably used.

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Re: Price's new studio & April 1st show
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2024, 12:58:01 PM »
You can see the Big Wheel on the monitor next to Drew. He's waiting backstage while they set up for the Showcase Showdowns.

(Which means that that shot in the Instagram video was taken after the April Fools' moment, even though the video is pretending it took place beforehand.)

Also, what was so special about Drew's Studio 33 dressing room ? While he surely has needs, he doesn't strike me as a person who would need or want a "special" dressing room unles absolutely warranted.

I don't know the why of it, but instead of Drew using the dressing room that Barker (and all the other hosts who hosted shows in Studio 33) used, two of the smaller dressing rooms along an adjacent hallway were converted into one larger space for Drew.

Roger commented that Drew's dressing room is the size of a small apartment. Drew wanted his own dressing room, it was a condition. He had other demands that he honestly didn't think CBS would find reasonable (For example, being hired with no audition) but CBS accommodated him all the way. To think, Bob was on TV for 50 years and had no problems at all using a dressing room also used by other talents as you mentioned, Scott. Maybe Bob saw it as an honor to use the same room that Jack Benny and Red Skelton probably used.

Rich Fields originally used Rodís dressing room which I believe was across the hall from Barkerís

Rich was then moved to one of the upstairs dressing rooms (I believe Dianís old room). On one of my last trips, he showed me and Chris C. his dressing room and was pitching an idea for a new game show or game show app.

Was Richís relocation because his old dressing room was renovated for Drew?
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Re: Price's new studio & April 1st show
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2024, 01:44:08 PM »
Youíre right that Richís (Rodís) dressing room was directly across from Barkerís.

The room that was renovated for Drew was off the back hallway behind the production area that lead to the roof.

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2024, 05:36:02 PM »
A wall was taken down from the Rod/Rich dressing room, which was combined with the green room to make the green room larger.

I never saw that space in its dressing room form, so I don't know how big each room was, nor do I know when the change happened or why.

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2024, 11:53:30 PM »
A wall was taken down from the Rod/Rich dressing room, which was combined with the green room to make the green room larger.

I never saw that space in its dressing room form, so I don't know how big each room was, nor do I know when the change happened or why.

Are you referring to the size of Rod/Rich's dressing room? It was...not large.

On the subject of Barker's home being virtually "untouched" for decades, I was always somewhat amused that his CBS dressing room was also quite "dated." I recognize that the room was used for a variety of stars who were taping in 33 (not just for Barker), but it gave me a 1980s cruise ship vibe.

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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2024, 01:15:54 PM »
Roger commented that Drew's dressing room is the size of a small apartment. Drew wanted his own dressing room, it was a condition. He had other demands that he honestly didn't think CBS would find reasonable (For example, being hired with no audition) but CBS accommodated him all the way. To think, Bob was on TV for 50 years and had no problems at all using a dressing room also used by other talents as you mentioned, Scott. Maybe Bob saw it as an honor to use the same room that Jack Benny and Red Skelton probably used.

I think Drew's agent asked for the world and CBS happily gave it to him. It doesn't mean he's a bad person that his agent asked for it. CBS could have said no. But they didn't.

And yeah, Bob was on the air for 50 years and he probably had no idea what he could have asked for and gotten. Or he was comfortable and he liked what he had. Either way, there's no evidence that he asked for more than what he received and was denied as far as I can tell. Why the heck should Drew Carey's contract negotiations be bound by what Bob had? No agent worth their salt would agree to that stricture. They are there to be zealous advocates for their clients. Drew's did their job.
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Re: Price's new studio & April 1st show
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2024, 03:25:25 PM »
I think Drew's agent asked for the world and CBS happily gave it to him. It doesn't mean he's a bad person that his agent asked for it. CBS could have said no. But they didn't.
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2024, 10:55:53 AM »
Later in the run of Squares, Peter Marshall routinely made what he termed "outrageous" salary demands in hopes that H-Q and/or NBC would reject them so he could use that as an excuse to leave the show. They never did, of course. It's possible that since Drew, as he has admitted, wasn't particularly interested in hosting TPIR, he employed a similar strategy ... and got similar results.

Maybe that's what happened. Either way, it's not an affront to Bob Barker that Drew asked for the money or perks he did and got them and only those who are sour grapes (*cough* Roger) or who don't like Drew for other reasons would think or suggest otherwise. It's show business, isn't it? Let's not pretend otherwise.
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