EXCLUSIVELY: The two longest running shows in America, Wheel of fortune and Threat! go back to the studio.
Both shows hit COVID-19, but Deadline understands that both syndicated shows from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Distribution are set to begin filming this week and next.
However, there will be some adjustments.
IN Wheel of fortuneThe deadline understands that the wheel has been redesigned to ensure proper social distance between competitors.
Over Threat!, the stage has been slightly redesigned to provide more space between the participants’ three podiums. Competitors will also be at a safe distance from host Alex Trebek under his license.
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As you can imagine, both shows took safety and security measures when they returned to production in Culver City, California. Only the necessary staff and crew will be allowed on stage. The PHC will be provided to everyone behind the scenes, and all staff and crew will be tested regularly, and participants will also be tested before coming to the studio before they shoot the tape. Social distance measures will also be strictly applied both on and off stage.
Threat!, which is scheduled to shoot five episodes a day, two days a week is expected to return to the studio this week, while Wheel of fortune aims to return to filming next week.
Wheel of fortune, which hosts Pat Sadjak and Vanna White, begins its 38th season, and Alex Trebeck – Threat! goes into its 37th season. Both shows, created by Merv Griffin, are contracted until the 2022-2023 season and performed by Mike Richards, who replaces retired Harry Friedman.
“Wheel of fortune and Threat! return to the studio to shoot episodes for future seasons of the show. There are protocols in the productions in accordance with current government instructions to protect participants, staff, crew and talent from the spread of COVID-19. While some things may change behind the scenes and on set to protect everyone, fans can count on them to see the same thing. Wheel of fortune and Threat! they loved it when the season started, “said a spokeswoman for the studio.