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Dave Price to take over for Bob Barker?

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 2nd 2006 3:46PM
Dave PriceEver since The Price is Right's Bob Barker announced his retirement, game show fans have been bandying about names of possible replacements. The names most commonly mentioned are Todd Newton, who hosts the TPiR road show, Marc Summers of FoodTV's Unwrapped (and the late, lamented Nick game show Double Dare), and Rich Fields, the show's current announcer. But an unexpected name is coming out of left field, and may be a strong contender: Dave Price.

The Early Show's weatherman and all-around goofball recently signed a new deal with CBS, and according to an article in the New York Daily News, that contract also calls for him to do "entertainment-based projects" for the network. In addition, the story reports that he was at the offices of TPiR producer Fremantle Media doing a mock run-through of the show for a small audience (who responded to a Craigslist ad, for crissakes). CBS is saying that it's too early to even talk about a replacement for Barker.

I must say, Price, as goofy as he can be sometimes, wouldn't be a bad choice. I've been watching him for years, since he was on the morning news on WNYW here in New York before he went to CBS; he's loose and personable, and very capable of getting people to relax around him. Considering how well he deals with the crowds outside the Early Show studio, a hyperventilating contestant who's about to play Plinko probably isn't such a big deal to him. He just has to know the rules of all those games backwards and forwards, which isn't easy.

No matter who hosts, though, will TPiR last long after Bob leaves? Probably not.

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Seems like a good job for Hal Sparks.

November 03 2006 at 8:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think 2 real good choices would be Mark Wahlberg and George Gray. Both have hosted game shows and in my opinion did good jobs.

November 02 2006 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I used to work with CBS in NY and Dave was always a really personable guy--very smart (educated) and down to earth. If he were host, the only reason the show wouldn't last is because he's not Bob Barker.

November 02 2006 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yay! I hope he gets it and it all works out! I've been a fan of Dave since he was in Philly doing the Fox morning show back in the 90's, and I was sorry when he left (though it was obviously an onward-and-upward move). I remember when they did a piece in one of the local papers comparing him to Milhouse on the Simpsons :~D

Good luck, Dave!

November 02 2006 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey Joel: As long as we're talking about local NYC morning show personalities, how about Larry Hoff?

November 02 2006 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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