Monday, October 10, 2016

The long and winding road

It's hard for me to resist a Beatles reference, and most of the time I don't even try. I feel a little guilty channeling The Long and Winding Road, though, thanks to Phil Spector's godawful overproduction on the Let It Be album. Spector eventually got his (unrelated) comeuppance, and better versions of the song have emerged over the decades.

But enough pop music history. In any version the song couldn't be a more appropriate theme for The Price is Right's live show. It's wandered over one of the longer roads in the annals of show biz. I've seen quite a few stories about the live show in Google News lately, so it looks like a lot of appearances will happen over the next several months. One of them will be in New Orleans next March.

As usual, the CBS affiliate in town is running a lottery for free tickets to the merchandise extravaganza. The instructions are pretty complicated and run longer than some Senate speeches. By the way, there's a note that the host for this particular show hasn't been selected yet. Todd Newton? Mark Walberg? Jerry Springer? Me? (Just kidding about that last horrible possibility.)

The stats keep piling up about the live show, just as McDonald's used to keep track of the number of millions of hamburgers sold (which amounts to 500 pounds of beef, as the old joke said). The Price Is Right Live has given away more than 12 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.7 million tickets. I can believe it.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I can believe it. I actually have been to Price Is Right Live when they were in Kingston, Ontario Canada.