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DJTeddyBear
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September 20th, 2013 at 5:06:48 PM permalink
Quote: Dween

I am a former contestant on Wheel of Fortune. I'll have to dig up the hard-copy of rules they supplies the contestants, but I made sure that pronunciation and enunciation were on the top of the list of things to do while playing. They tell you to make sure Vanna can hear you as if you aren't mic'ed.

I give similar instructions to the best man when I DJ weddings. Sometimes they listen. More often, they hold the mike a mile from their mouth, and mumble, then look at me like I'm the idiot when nobody can hear them...
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September 20th, 2013 at 5:09:34 PM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

Another thing I haven't understood and I'm sure they keep her for "looks", but ever since they went to the electronic board some years ago, I see no need for Vanna anymore.


Ditto.

Heaven help her when her looks give out, and they replace her with ... nobody.




Quote: FinsRule

At the risk of sounding stupid - I have a Master's Degree and I have no idea what "curio" means...


I never really thought about it, but I think it's short for curiosity.
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September 20th, 2013 at 5:10:15 PM permalink
Quote: FinsRule

At the risk of sounding stupid - I have a Master's Degree and I have no idea what "curio" means...

EDIT - And it's a real Master's Degree from a Big 10 university... :-)



Technically, it can be any small and unusual object that someone possesses for aesthetic appeal.

Generally speaking, however, the term is applied to furniture as in, "Curio Cabinets." Curio Cabinets are cabinets that are meant for aesthetic appeal that are generally shaped in an unusual way. Corner curio cabinets do what the name implies, and there are other curio cabinets that may go in living and dining rooms that are generally both smaller (in height) and more narrow than a classic buffet and hutch. There are also jewelry curios, which essentially serve the same function as, and look roughly similar to, a jewlery box, except they tend to be larger than jewelry boxes. There are also book curios, which serve the same function as a bookshelf, but tend to be shaped in an extremely unique manner.

There are other types of curios, as well. I used to sell furniture, otherwise, I probably wouldn't know what a curio is. In terms of aesthetics, I tend to prefer things to be Spartan (though my wife doesn't) so would never own a curio or any such thing if it were up to me.
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September 20th, 2013 at 5:27:50 PM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear


I never really thought about it, but I think it's short for curiosity.



That was my assumption, but I didn't know the exact definition either. But online dictionaries seem to agree that the word comes from "curiosity". And like Fins, I also have an advanced degree from a Big Ten university. However, the degree I did receive was definitely not in English.
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September 20th, 2013 at 5:36:02 PM permalink
Re: Vanna's age/looks/usefulness

She is 56 at the time of posting. I think I remember another thread that mentions how the young celebs of today don't hold a candle to the classy ladies of yesteryear, and Vanna is a shining example. Poised, well spoken, lovely and fit. On set, she said hello to the contestants wearing her sweats. Looked pretty good without makeup or anything.

Is she "necessary" on the show? She is not only the letter turner toucher, but she is also the model, co-host, cheerleader, and even announcer in some capacity. Even if they eliminated her need for touching letters, she is still a big part of the show. Call it tradition to have her at the puzzle board. After all, they could also replace the physical wheel with a digital screen, but why mess with tradition?
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September 20th, 2013 at 6:33:21 PM permalink
Quote: Dween


Is she "necessary" on the show? She is not only the letter turner toucher, but she is also the model, co-host, cheerleader, and even announcer in some capacity. Even if they eliminated her need for touching letters, she is still a big part of the show. Call it tradition to have her at the puzzle board. After all, they could also replace the physical wheel with a digital screen, but why mess with tradition?



Vanna White is necessary because it is the older demographic that watches Wheel of Fortune, for the most part, so the show's advertisers tend to target the older demographic. Having found some ratings for 2002, it appears that Wheel of Fortune got 10% of households for one week, but they only got 2.6% of the 18-49 demographic that advertisers crave.

Still, viewers are viewers and individuals who are fifty and older buy stuff, too. Perhaps not the highest margin stuff, such as overpriced tennis shoes, but consumer goods companies still make money if enough people are buying from the stores.

From what I have seen on-line, Vanna White commands in the neighborhood of 3M-5M annually.

The first thing to look at is the cost per episode for Vanna, which would be between $11,538.xx-$19,230.xx, assuming the above salary range is correct. If you replace Vanna White with no hostess at all, then you lose all that nice camera time with her parading around touching letters. If you lose all that nice camera time, letters are shown faster which is going to necessitate more banter with the players, or more puzzles, to fill the running time. More puzzles, of course, is more money.

The average cost of Vanna White, per episode, is almost certainly less than the average cost of having an extra puzzle or two on the show's budget. At the same time, though, there is some time value there. You simply can't take five seconds to reveal a single, "R," unless someone is there actually touching the letter. Why do you think it is (on the puzzles that take less horizontal space) that she often returns to the far side of the board, rather than standing right beside the first or last letter?

Furthermore, the older demographic tends to be more change-resistant, in general. They like things to be predictable and the same on shows such as Wheel of Fortune, because it is certainly repetitive, could you sit through a ten-hour WoF marathon? I sure couldn't.

The other thing about the older demographic is that they would be very offended if you replaced Vanna White with some P.Y.T. for no reason other than to have a P.Y.T. on the show, so you'd lose some viewers...probably quite a few female viewers. For this reason, if Vanna White leaves the show, it'll likely be because she retired, was injured or is deceased.
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September 20th, 2013 at 6:44:13 PM permalink
Can't remember where I read it, but Merv Griffin personally cast Vanna. She was one of several women being considered. Merv had their headshots/CV's on his desk, and he said, "cast this one". The casting director said, "why?". Merv said, "Because her head's too big for her body. She'll look great on tv."
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tringlomane
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September 20th, 2013 at 8:00:19 PM permalink
Quote: Mission146


The other thing about the older demographic is that they would be very offended if you replaced Vanna White with some P.Y.T. for no reason other than to have a P.Y.T. on the show, so you'd lose some viewers...probably quite a few female viewers. For this reason, if Vanna White leaves the show, it'll likely be because she retired, was injured or is deceased.



Vanna isn't going anywhere unless the show gets canceled, she retires, or Pat retires.
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September 20th, 2013 at 9:17:51 PM permalink
yup, sorry chump rules are rules (I didn't vote) I watched that 5 million second crap for 2 hours last night though and could have beat them all down I'll flop a fone to apple for that app lol could win. NOT If you don't know the word 'curio' and couldn't pronounce it if you did, sorry sucker. no soup for you
lojo
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September 20th, 2013 at 9:19:13 PM permalink
Let us all, please, never confuse the rules of a game show with the simple contract of a bet laid is a bet paid.

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