Doug Davidson's TNPIR & Why It Won't Be
Inducted Anytime Soon
Originally posted: January 28, 2011
As a kid in 1994, after school at 3:30, my day
consisted of avoiding getting beat up by a 5th grade imbecile, getting
my homework done, and turning on Power Rangers. Then at 4:30pm on KIRO
Channel 7, I watched The New Price Is Right with Doug Davidson. As a kid
and being a budding game show geek, I enjoyed what I saw. At that time,
I was in school and hardly saw the superior daytime version, that was on
6 hours before. Either way, I enjoyed what I saw.
Now it's 2011, 16 months ago, I started this site and quite a few people
have asked me to do Doug Davidson's Price Is Right. While I agree that
it doesn't hold a candle to the daytime version, it doesn't mean that
it's a bad show. So, I'm going to defend The New Price Is Right with
First item to defend: Doug Davidson. Sure, Doug Davidson wasn't Bob
Barker, or even Tom Kennedy for that matter, but that's comparing a
wiener dog to two Irish Wolfhounds. That's not to say that his hosting
was terrible. In fact, I thought that Doug Davidson did a great job
hosting the show. He didn't try to be like Bob, he was Doug and did a
fine job at being Doug. He brought his own style and energy to the show.
He really bonded with the contestants and made them feel very
comfortable in somewhat new surroundings.
Second Item to Defend: The Vastly Different Set. I'm not a big set
freak, but I absolutely LOVE the set. It just screamed "Nighttime" and
"Bigger Budget" and class. I also enjoyed the video wall that was used
to do different things, like having The Price WAS Right or the
introductions of prizes among other things. Although it didn't look like
the Daytime Set, it still was a fantastic set. I don't need to mention
the music, but I'd prefer that remix of the theme to the Daytime theme
at that time, which after 22 years, needed a retuning of sorts.
Third Item to Defend: No Contestants Row. Now, this is going to be the
hardest to defend, but I'm going to try. When I watched Price Is Right
when I was a kid, I was more enamored with Plinko, Cliffhangers, Bump!
among other pricing games and couldn't care less about the Items up for
bids. Without Contestants Row, it allowed the viewer to care more about
the contestant on stage. Not only that, it allowed for some good comedic
moments between Doug, Burton, the contestants & others.
In short, I won't be inducting The New Price Is Right anytime soon. Doug
was a good host, and I'll be inducting Dennis James before Doug, the set
was great, and contestants row wasn't that big of a loss in this case,
since it helped bolster other parts of the show and get the entire crew
involved in certain aspects. If I were to letter grade Doug's price,
it'd get a B-. Sure No Contestants Row hurts, but at least the core
aspect of Price is still there.