Our family of four went to see the live taping of three Wheel of Fortune shows. My son loves this show and so does my sweet wife. In fact, we have it on often while preparing dinner. And we all participate while my wife trounces us. It is a wholesome show, corny, and fun for the whole family. In fact, it was the only show we could find that that was easy for the whole family to participate in the live audience.
We drove into LA from Temecula to the Sony Studios lot, which used to be MGM–we actually walked on the yellow brick road! The fascinating thing for me and my daughter was peeking into the sound stages to see sets being built and the rows of trailers parked between the large sound stage buildings.
What made this interesting and educational was hearing my son say that everything looked smaller than on TV! Part of this trip accomplished what I had hoped–educating my kids on media and how it is all put together. In order for a kids to think more critically, breaking down how the medium works is a great start. But, my son is a bit disappointed I think. All the prompted applause and the cheap feel that the three dimensional eye picks up that looks rather great in 2D is a let down. After all, this is his favorite show. Some of the stuff on the sets looks like aluminum foil from your kitchen.
This show has been on for 25 years now. With all the changes in our culture, this show has stayed true–even with HD cameras, and a bit more slick production value. This is mid-American plain fun. You will see housewives, military men in uniform and students compete. Vanna White will look great in expensive gowns and stand in shoes that are impossible. (She sits every chance she can, ladies!) Pat Sajak is still the humble and jovial host. What’s not to love?
PS. When the show airs, we will let you know so you can see us on TV!