The good: It's the same game. Nothing has changed. The "new" set is just a freshened up version of the same set. The music and overall presentation haven't changed at all.
As for Carey...he's got some work to do. He was just too casual in his role. He's missing the punch Barker used to great effect in his vocal technique ("Actual retail price..." "You could win THAT..." etc.) I think that can change with time as he feels out the role.
I was also disappointed that the show isn't broadcast in HD. They did a preview of the show on the local CBS affiliate last week, and I'm pretty sure I saw HD cameras on the set.
You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.
"The Mexican rebels aren't running it back for touchdowns, so it's close." (thecubsfan)
He also needs a better way to lead into car games, or at least not repeat the "so how'd you get here? maybe you can drive back" line of questioning. But the big thing is he doesn't try to be Bob Barker (I did chuckle a bit at "Ezekiel Barker") and he'll have time and reps.
Drew looks like he still can't believe that he's the host, and he seems genuinely happy for all of the people on stage. Every once and a while, especially in the past few years, I got a feeling Bob was annoyed and was rooting against the contestant. Drew was as giddy as the people on stage.
Drew needs to step up his presence on stage and wrangle the contestants a little bit better. I was also constantly annoyed at the fact that he couldn't use his mic properly - it's in your hands, point it at the contestant, dammit.
Question: Speaking of the microphone, did Bob ever switch to the wireless mic like Drew has? I always remember him using a wired one, but that could just be from 26+ years of watching.
Originally posted by Roy.Question: Speaking of the microphone, did Bob ever switch to the wireless mic like Drew has? I always remember him using a wired one, but that could just be from 26+ years of watching.
That was the 1st thing I noticed: same mic, no cord
First off, I think it's awesome that CBS has full episodes available on their website. But watching them at 11pm isn't as much fun as watching them at 10am with that "sick day from school/work" vibe.
On the first episode, Carey seemed incredibly nervous. It was a little awkward how he asked the first batch of contestant "how ya' doin" right before their bid. Most glaring problem was his lack of instructional announcing-- like the way Bob Barker would spout out "and the one of you who bids closest to the actual retail price without going over" in a very routine manner. Carey really seemed to struggle on the transitional segments (when the contestant wins the bidding game and runs up on stage). Initially, he didn't explain the games, he'd just say stuff like: "oh, we're gonna' play this game and you can win that prize over there".
He seemed to ease up during the third game of the first episode ("It's in the Bag"). He did a better job of explaining the grocery items than Bob did. Bob would've just breezed through that game with his own agenda, and if a contestant would've asked him what an item was, he'd say something like: "what is that? The one in the green box?!?" Carey referred to the items by their brand name, making it easier for the contestant to identify, and also made their sponsors happy.
I agree with DrJay that Carey will get better with repetition and time. Bob would sometimes announce and explain each game in a very monotonous and sometimes condescending tone: "No, no Beatrice..come over here. Here, Beatrice! Now, Beatrice...we have TWO prizes for you. Your job is tell us which one of them is the bigger bargain. Yes..ONE of those two". Plus, whenever the contestants would overbid, Bob seemed to get pissed. When it happened twice, it seemed like he was about to whup someone!
But hey, all the elements we've grown to love were present: like the Hi-Lo Trailer and even the Wilfred Brimley "Di-a-beetis" ad. Oh, one of the girls is named "Fyre"? We get Spice and Whisper and we're THERE, man!
If there's one thing that will never get old, no matter how long "The Simpsons" goes on for, it's Bart vs. Skinner. This was another great chapter in their war, starting with Bart having fun with magnets and never looking back.