For the primary time ever, Sony’s “Wheel of Fortune” provided a primetime, community particular that includes celeb gamers as a part of a brand new “Winter Enjoyable & Video games” block launched by ABC in January 2021.
The present, which aired on ABC associates nationally, is separate from the syndicated model that includes non-celebrity gamers that seems on totally different stations from market to market.
The present continued to be produced from Stage 11 on the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver Metropolis, California, utilizing the identical hosts and key manufacturing crew, however did replace the set, music and graphics for the event:
- Music of the visuals shifted to gold, together with the present emblem and in present graphics.
- Graphical motifs included glowing gold “wedges” from the present’s well-known wheel that rotated in a form of “fan” like type in addition to sparkles and wavy gold traces.
- The “white thing” — the protecting “cap” used to spin the wheel within the age of COVID-19 and stop direct contact with the metallic spikes — was modified to gold.
- The massive square-ish pillars the present has used for years throughout varied set configurations had a goldish protecting added.
- As a substitute of the big LED video wall behind the gamers, a dimensional model of the “Wheel of Fortune” emblem was put in — this factor included built-in lighting results.
- The smaller video wall within the heart of the studio remained, however had curved gold parts added on both aspect (these parts, in addition to those used behind the contestants, have some visible similarity to ABC’s 2018 branding package “Aperture”). Different curved parts seen earlier had been additionally within the studio.
- The present additionally used frosted glass segments designed to appear to be a part of the wheel which have been utilized in different variations of syndicated “Wheel.”
- Up to date music was used all through the present, although lots of the reveals conventional sound results (such because the “puzzle reveal” and “toss up” and closing spin bell) remained.
- The studio itself was draped in black with a “starry sky” impact and accented by transferring beams of uplight.
- A lot of the colour altering expertise surrounding the puzzle board and wheel itself was switched to gold, although blues and violets had been additionally seen.
(In associated information, “Wheel” distributor CBS Television Distribution has changed its name to “CBS Media Ventures.” Nonetheless, for the reason that ABC celeb model was not syndicated, the CBS division was circuitously concerned, although the present was produced, as regular, by Sony Photos Tv.)
“Wheel” usually tapes reveals out of order, in contrast to its sister present “Jeopardy!” as a result of it doesn’t depend on “returning champions.”
Because of this the manufacturing workforce tries to “consolidate” tapings that require sure main set items or backdrops.
For instance, prior to now, the present has taped its Halloween and Christmas week episodes again to again to make the most of a big home facade introduced into the studio — with out having to disassemble and reassemble it.
For Halloween it’s a haunted home, however will get redressed as a wintery dwelling entrance for vacation episodes (with a redress a lot easier to undertake than a whole set change).
Like many every day sport reveals, “Wheel” usually tapes 5 episodes per day two days every week, so it’s capable of shortly get forward of the printed schedule to the purpose the place the order episodes are taped doesn’t all the time matter.