(CBS) – Daytime Emmy Award-winning The Price Is Right, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its milestone 50th season with a weeklong event featuring a game each day where contestants can win up to 1 million dollars, beginning Monday, September 13th at 11:00 AM ET/10:00AM PT on the CBS and streaming with Paramount+. In addition, a special primetime celebration of The Price Is Right commemorating the historic milestone will feature a look back at the biggest winners, never before seen outtakes and a salute to Bob Barker. Plus, contestants will come on down to play iconic pricing games for extravagant luxury cars and big cash prizes, Thursday, September 30th at 9:00PM ET/PT on the CBS and streaming on Paramount+. This season, the show will welcome fans back to the studio audience for a chance to hear the famed words “come on down!”
“First, I want to say congratulations and thank you to all the wonderful people responsible, past and present, on the 50th season of The Price Is Right, said Bob Barker, former legendary host of The Price Is Right. “The show has the most enthusiastic and fun audience that one could ever ask for. They truly were and are the heart and soul of the show. I had the pleasure of working with a dedicated and talented cast and crew for 35 great years. Particularly close to my heart was the ability our vast popularity gave me to remind our entire audience daily about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. It was an incredibly memorable ride! Once again, congratulations to The Price Is Right on 50 historic years!! Here’s to 50 more!!”READ MORE: Trump calls FBI search of Mar-a-Lago estate 'prosecutorial misconduct'
The Price Is Right premiered Sept. 4, 1972 with famed host Bob Barker. Since then, there have been 108 pricing games played over the course of the show’s history, and the daytime premiere week will honor the lasting legacy with two new games, including a special limited-edition game that will only be played throughout the 50th season, complete with a retro ‘70s look, “Back to ‘72.” In the game, contestants’ pricing skills will be tested on actual items that appeared on the show during the early years of its run on CBS. Drew Carey was named the host of the show in July of 2007.READ MORE: Olivia Newton-John, known for her role in 'Grease' and hit song 'Physical,' dies at 73
“Hosting The Price Is Right has been a dream job for me,” said Drew Carey, current host of The Price Is Right. “And I can’t even call it a job with a straight face because I get such joy out of it. Imagine spending every workday surrounded by happy, positive strangers. It’s been amazing. I really never thought my safe space would be on a sound stage, wearing a mic, cameras on me constantly, and with millions of people watching. But that’s what The Price Is Right is for me. I love it.”
The Price Is Right Fun Facts:
- Since 1972, over $300,000,000 in cash and prizes has been given away.
- The Price Is Right has given away more than 8,400 cars.
- More than 2,000,000 audience members have been to the Bob Barker studio at Television City in Los Angeles to see a taping in person.
- Over 68,000 contestants have been told to “come on down!”
- The first pricing game to ever be played was “Any Number.” It offered a Chevrolet Vega worth $2,746, which became the first car ever given away on the show.
- The big wheel has been spun more than 63,000 times.
- Number of kids who have stayed home from school to watch the show: too many to count!
Are you a huge fan of the The Price Is Right? Does the show hold special meaning for you? Fans are invited to submit videos of what The Price Is Right means to them for a chance to see themselves on TV. More info here. Videos can be submitted to PriceIsRightFans@gmail.com.