Joe is taking a personal day, so I am writing the blog post today, from my home. Darren and I have The Price is Right on television right now. Drew Carey is the host, and has been for just over ten years, since Bob Barker retired. I have watched the program off and on since I was a child, and its familiarity is like comfort food in troubled times.
You have probably known the show since childhood too. It has contestants bidding on a prize to see who goes up to play the next of six games, two sections of spinning the wheel, and ends with the showcase showdown. They often have gimmicks, like big money week or an episode for just expectant mothers, but the basic structure of the show is always there underneath the added bells and whistles.
Bob Barker was the host for a very long time, and was so good at the job. Smooth, unruffled, genial, and welcoming, he obviously loved the show and loved what he did. When he retired, it seemed impossible for anyone to fill his job. Bob Barker was The Price is Right. Drew Carey took over, and at first it seemed true that no one could replace the long-time host. Drew Carey was stiff, had trouble explaining the games, and sometimes played around with the products on display. That first year was rough. But he got better, of course, and grew into the show. Now, more than a decade later, Drew Carey knows the games inside and out, is better at explaining them, and while he still moves a product on set occasionally, he is as smooth with the contestants and flow of the show as Bob Barker.
I don’t get to watch the show a lot, but when I can catch it, usually on Mondays or Tuesdays, I enjoy it a lot.
Joe will be back next Wednesday. As he would say, have a great weekend, take care, and happy reading.