ESPN's Dan Patrick did not audition for The Price Is Right
This is odd. We've been covering this whole "who is going to replace Bob Barker" story for several months now, and this is the first time I've heard Dan Patrick's name come up.
But the ESPN Radio host told listeners yesterday that although he didn't audition to be the new host of The Price Is Right, producers of the CBS game show did indeed call him and ask if he wanted to audition. He said, um, no. (OK, I added the "um" part, but you can probably imagine he was thinking it that way.)
This is kinda too bad. He's one of the more interesting ideas the show has had in this search. Though probably too snarky. But I don't know who I want to get the gig. Mario Lopez and Ian Ziering? Too young and hip for my tastes (yeah, I know, Bob Barker was young once too, but not in the way they are today). George Hamilton? Just can't see it. Mark Steines and Todd Newton? Not bad, but I wonder if they're too "game show." John O'Hurley? I like him, but for some reason he's too overbearing on game shows.
Barker is going to be hard to replace, not just because he really was the show, but also because he (and daytime game shows in general) came from a different era, and it's not going to be just a matter of plugging some one in there because they a.) speak well and/or b.) they're younger and can get younger viewers. I bet handling the ins and outs of the games can be done by anyone, and as for getting younger viewers, college kids were some of Barker's biggest fans.
This isn't going to be easy.