Drew Carey ringleads three primetime specials of The Price is Right , featuring past participants from Survivor, Big Brother and The Amazing Race
PRIMTIME SPECIALS MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY
CBS, 8:00 PM ET
By Kellie Freeze
This week, you’ll see familiar faces when past participants from CBS reality series Survivor, Big Brother and The Amazing Race stop by longrunning game show The Price Is Right to help their biggest fans win fabulous prizes.
“We had a lot of fun incorporating these huge, iconic reality shows,” says TPIR executive producer Mike Richards. He notes that during the three special episodes (airing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on CBS), the game show set will get a new look courtesy of elements from each series.
The fun begins Monday, when Survivor favorites including “Boston Rob” Mariano, Rupert Boneham and Woo Hwang try to outwit, outplay and out-price each other on The Price Is Right Primetime Special: Survivor Edition. “We have an audience full of Survivor fans,” explains Richards. “Each contestant is paired with one castaway and they play the game together. The contestants get the prize. The castaways help them work.”
Tuesday’s Big Brother edition will feature past houseguests including Season 2 winner Will Kirby, frequent houseguest Janelle Pierzina and Season 16 favorite Frankie Grande. They won’t have the power of veto, but perhaps they’ll help their megafan partners with the power of Plinko! “If you’re going to do a big spectacular, you’ve got to have Plinko,” teases Richards.
The fun concludes on Wednesday with the Amazing Race edition. The game gets more crowded as contestants’ row gets filled with pairs of former racers plus super-fans. “We actually built a modified bidders’ row area!” Richards reveals. The episode will feature favorites including winners Joey and Kelsey, champs Nat and Kat, and Harlem Globetrotters “Big Easy” and “Flight Time.”
The teams will battle roadblocks, detours and a yodeling mountain climber on their quests to help fans win massive prizes. And of course, new cars, laughs Richards. “We’re The Price Is Right — that’s what we do!”
TPIR host Drew Carey will ringlead the silly circus, and popping in to say hello (and model a few prizes) are hosts Jeff Probst (Survivor), Julie Chen (Big Brother) and Phil Keo ghan (The Amazing Race). “Drew is so great with having multiple people around him. That is where he really thrives,” says Richards. “Then you have Julie or Phil or Jeff and they’re out there modeling prizes and hamming it up and having a great time.”
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