The Price is Right: Drew Carey's First Episode (season premiere)
*It's not like we're going to review every episode this season. Do you think we're insane?
Drew Carey's new career should be hosting the premiere of any new network game show that comes down the pike. That's because he has the Luck of the Irish on these shows. On the premiere of his primetime game show Power of 10 the first contestant on the first show won one million dollars. On the 36th season premiere of The Price is Right, which Drew Carey is now hosting after the retirement of legendary host Bob Barker, everyone won.
I mean perfect show here. Six games, six winners. Two $1000 dollar winners at the Showcase Showdown (one each segment). I was actually shocked there weren't double winners at the Showcase. If this is the way TPIR is going to be under Drew's reign audience lines for the show will swing around the block several times and Fermantle Media will probably go broke.
Then again, while perfect games will draw in the audience members, the host of TPIR will be the one who draws in the viewers and the advertisers. Will Drew be that host? Will he be able to fill the shoes of Mr. Barker. Well, no. As I've mentioned before no one is going to be able to do that. However, given some time, I think he will the person that keeps TPIR running for many years to come.
There was no doubt that Drew was nervous during this premiere episode. He was very fidgety even from the introduction of the first game. He was also all business, getting right to the point when introducing the games and getting the contestants to do their thing. This is quite unlike the Drew we've scene on Power of 10 or even Whose Line is it Anyway?
On Power Drew is much more relaxed with himself and the contestants, bantering back-and-forth with them as the game progresses. However, Power is Drew's game show and he has been able to mold it towards his personality. TPIR has a huge history and I think that Drew just didn't want to tread too heavily on what Bob Barker created over 35 seasons. Doing so may have jarred both contestants and viewers to the point of second-guessing the choice of Drew as host. So, he played it safe this time around.
That doesn't mean he was acting like an unfeeling robot. You could definitely see hints of Drew's personality come out with the contestants. And, when they won their games he was genuinely happy that they did win. I think that we'll see more of that from Drew as he begins to get comfortable with his new hosting gig.
Other than Drew, nothing much has changed on The Price is Right. The set is pretty much the same, except there's a new paint and design scheme everywhere that gives the studio a bit of a retro feel (just like the revised logo does). And the contestants . . . well, they're still as hyper-emotional as ever. That wouldn't change even if the host of TPIR was a two-headed, human-eating monster from Ceti Alpha Five (or is it Ceti Alpha Six? I always get them confused).
So, in conclusion, don't take Drew's initial premiere as host of The Price is Right as what you will see in future weeks. Once he gets used to the gig you'll probably see a more relaxed host who really seems to enjoy what he is doing.
|Even though he seemed nervous I though that Drew did a very good job||510 (36.6%)|
|I thought Drew did okay, but I'll wait a few more weeks to see if he warms up to the hosting gig||386 (27.7%)|
|Drew is not a good fit for The Price is Right and should be replaced as soon as possible||354 (25.4%)|
|Hey, when are Ryan and Colin going to do a ho down?||143 (10.3%)|