Emmy winning game show, “The Price Is Right, returns with all new games and all new episodes in September.
Daytime TV Examiner had the opportunity to attend an audience taping and watched a very lively and enthusiastic audience win a lot of money and prizes. After the show, with host Drew Carey sat down for an interview to talk about the show, which won the Daytime Emmy this year for Outstanding Game Show. Check out the interview below:
Phyllis: That was a fun show. How much fun do you have hosting it?
Drew Carey: It’s great. It’s my friends coming over to my house and playing Monopoly. I'm having some friends come over tonight to play Monopoly and this is just like playing Monopoly with somebody. If someone hasn’t played the game before, you have to explain the rules to them a little bit. I like playing games you now card games board games word games it's really just getting paid to play games all day.
Phyllis: You invented the game “The Rat Race.” That was your creation. How did that come about… how did the pitch for the game go.
Drew Carey: I went in and had a little track made and I bought some little mechanical wind up mice that I ordered on the Internet. Everything else was just on paper. I had them numbered or I can't remember if I numbered them or not. I had car prices written down on 3 by 5 index cards. I pretended to go to the game and I said ‘now let's have a rat race.’ Everyone was excited watching the rats race and that sold it right there. Everybody gets involved. That same day after that Adam [Sandler], our director, pitched “Pay the Rent.” He had it all written down on an 8 by 10 sheet of paper. It's always really simple. That's the whole idea the game.
Phyllis: Now that you've been doing this a while, what is the most fun thing that keeps you coming back day after day to host?
Drew Carey: I don’t rate it. I don’t rate anything from top to bottom. Everything is the same to me, but I like… first of all, everybody I work with is really nice. So it’s nice to come to a place where you feel like you’re a part of a family and being around people that I enjoy seeing every day. That’s the big thing for me. I like having a place to go where I feel like I wanted and loved… where I love everybody else. So that’s the key thing for me. And I love the audience. The audiences are great and I love when people win. There’s nothing that can top the moment when someone wins something and how excited they are. You know, it’s like a drug I guess. I can’t get over it. I love doing that every day. It’s really a great feeling. I can’t compare it to anything else.
Phyllis: The game is yours now. People think “The Price Is Right” and they immediately say, ‘Oh, I want to see Drew’, or “I hope Drew picks me’. Your picture is on a lot of the T-Shirts that the audience wore today. How does it feel to know that you took over successfully a hosting job from someone who was so successful at it for so many years?
Drew Carey: It feels good. I didn't want to be the guy that ruined the show. Although there’s people on line that still think I ruined the show (laughs), but that’s how it’s going to go…there’s always going to be like that no matter what. You can’t please everybody, but I’m pretty happy. I think we've been really successful. It’s always going to be changing. Like the way Mike (Richards, executive producer) and I work… the way we think is, you can’t be the same all the time. You've got to make little changes. It’s like growing a garden. You don’t want to slash and burn everything and then have to plant a whole different thing. Be a cow farmer when you used to be a wheat farmer … makes a whole different thing.
But, you want to see gradual changes, if you’re growing a garden you always want to plant something a little bit different. Grow it a little better next year, a little bigger tomatoes now, something like that. You always want to have a good garden. If you go to a restaurant, the restaurant always changes their menu. You want to keep upgrading. If you don’t the restaurant kind of dies and goes away especially if all the competition. I if there’s a lot of restaurants around. So that’s how we kind of think. You always have to keep changing. But of course, keep the core values of The Price Is Right. I think we've been really successful at it and I’m really proud of the work that everybody’s been done around here.
Phyllis: Congratulations on the Emmy for best show.
Drew Carey: It’s a Daytime Emmy (laughs). I’m not a big believer in Emmys. I don’t ever care about them. That’s why I never put myself up [for nomination]. But it’s nice when you win one. I always think ‘good for them.’ It’s good for the show. People work on it and they can say they work on a show like that. So that’s nice.
The new season of "The Price is Right," premieres on Monday, September 23rd.
“The Price Is Right” airs weekdays on CBS.
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