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Did 'Wheel of Fortune' cheat contestant?

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by fluffybear, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. AntAltMike

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    But he didn't do the pilot. The host of the pilot was Ed Byrnes, AKA "Kookie", from 77 Sunset Strip.

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    Upon further investigation, Woolery hosted an earlier pilot of essentially the same show but titled Shopper's Bazaar, then Byrnes hosted two pilot episodes which were titled Wheel of Fortune, and he claims in his autobiography that he was drunk during that audition of sorts, and then they went with Chuck Woolery for the first aired episode of the series.

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  2. Rich

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    "Sangwich" is usually heard in NYC. I've heard it in NJ too, but nowhere else. "Sammich" sounds like something a kid would say, like "psghetti".

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  3. Rich

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    You gotta be kidding, I bet most folks Googled that right away... :lol:

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  4. Rich

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    It's getting to the point where just making yourself understood is acceptable. I'm not sure if that's a bad thing, but sometimes it really annoys me.

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  5. kenglish

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    As Jethro Bodine once said, "Th' is spelled T...H...E, Th'"
    I've heard several voice-over people who seem to overly emphasize every letter, even the supposedly silent ones. Makes me crazy.
     
  6. Stewart Vernon

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    I wouldn't go that far necessarily... but not all can play all things, no matter how politically correct we would like to be for kindness sake.

    You beat me to it, so I didn't have to give an example!

    I think I was in 5th grade when I lost a spelling bee because I heard a plural word but the teacher swore she didn't say it. I spelled the word correctly, but added the "s" at the end to make it plural.

    I still say I was correct and that she did say the plural... she may very well have said the word wrong given what I know today about people and incorrect pronunciation... but I still have to take the fall for not 100% verifying (as you see them do in national spelling bees) that the word I thought I heard was the word she actually said.
     
  7. TheRatPatrol

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    What word was it?
     
  8. trainman

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    It is back -- on MTV2 under the title "Hip Hop Squares."
     
  9. Henry

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    +1 ... I agree ... No.

    When we watch, we always listen very carefully to what a contestant says when solving the puzzle. We've seen Pat nix an answer when the pronunctiation wasn't just right.
     
  10. James Long

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    The Byrnes pilots were essentially the same game as the original pilot with Woolery ... I would not hold a name change against him. :)

    And they probably found the right answer (Woolery) instead of the trick answer (Byrnes). :D
    At least they didn't Google it and then pretend that they knew all along.
     
  11. Herdfan

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    Or something Godwin on Duck Dynasty would say. :lol:

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  12. tonyd79

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    Her answer didn't change the meaning.

    It's a silly game show and they got all exact.

    If a Bostonian added an "h" to the word "park" would they say wrong?
     
  13. riker7

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    Pat Sajak is never wrong. Never.
     
  14. SayWhat?

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    It's not about meaning. It's about correct spelling and enunciation.

    A Boston accent doesn't change how the word is spelled they way leaving a letter off does.
     
  15. Stewart Vernon

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    I can't remember. It was a word, though, that the only difference in the singular and plural was that final "s" at the end... In my case, the teacher swore she had not said the "s" for the plural word. I was in no position to argue, and as I noted... it was really on me for not verifying by asking her to repeat the word a couple of times.

    They probably should... and it is a silly game show. Sometimes the puzzle is a slang or vernacular version and in those cases people have gotten the puzzle wrong by pronouncing letters that weren't there in the slang variant too. It cuts both ways.

    Exactly.

    I remember back in the early-to-mid 1980s Chuck Woolery had a "Scrabble" game show. I watched it during breaks from school or days off. It was on NBC I believe.

    Originally the show was played with two people... picking 2-at-a-time letter tiles and Chuck giving a pun-laden clue. So you had to figure out the double-meaning in the pun because sometimes one of your two letters wasn't in the word and you would lose a turn.

    BUT... the kicker... to solve the puzzle you not only had to say the word BUT also spell the remaining missing letters...

    So... if the visible puzzle was "D_N_E_" and the clue pointed you to guess "DANGER"... you also had to spell the missing letters "AGR" in order to win the round.

    The funniest episodes were when neither person could spell... and they would have to keep playing and picking tiles even though they both knew the word but neither could spell it... and Chuck would know they had pulled up "stoppers" and were going to lose their turns... and the frustration would be right there in his voice and on his face.

    That show got retooled pretty quickly to drop the spelling requirement because it literally killed the pace of the game given the caliber of contestants they were inviting.
     
  16. elaclair

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    Wasn't that "SLINGO"? I've seen a few of the old episodes on GSN, and most of the "new" ones hosted by Bill Ingvall. Inane, but entertaining.....
     
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    !rolling
     
  18. trainman

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    You're thinking of "Lingo" (no "S"). But that's a different game show than what Stewart Vernon was talking about, which was indeed called "Scrabble," and aired on NBC's daytime lineup right after "Wheel of Fortune" for a good chunk of the '80s.
     
  19. Stewart Vernon

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    Quite randomly... while looking for clips from Woolery's Scrabble on YouTube... I came to the realization that IF they should ever make a movie about Chuck Woolery (why would they do that? I don't know)... George Clooney should play Woolery.
     
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