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Come On Down!: Behind the Big Doors at "The Price Is Right" Paperback – September 4, 2007

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Stan Blits is a twenty-seven year veteran of “The Price is Right.” He is the co-producer, music director, contestant coordinator, and staff writer. He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061350117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061350115
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Bilts has worked on the The Price is Right for 28 years. He's the show's music director as well as a writer and contestant coordinator. The Price is Right, meanwhile, is the longest running network game show in history. It debuted in 1972, on the same day, we're told, that Joker's Wild and Gambit debuted. (Bill Cullen hosted an earlier incarnation of the show that aired from 1956 to 1965.) Bob Barker was the show's only host, from 1972 on, until he handed over the reins in October of this year to Drew Carey. This passing of the microphone makes the release of Bilts's behind-the-scenes look at the program particularly timely.

Bilts's book features a very brief--one paragraph--foreword contributed by Bob Barker, and an introduction in which the author discusses his own role on the show. There follow eighteen chapters that offer readers a look at what goes into getting the program on the air. Bilts discusses, for example, how the week's shows are planned, the nightmarish number of details that have to be seen to when it comes to the display and discussion of prizes, the lighting and sound, models and make-up, the games themselves, and the role of the show's announcer, who is also charged with warming up the audience before the curtain opens. (Legendary announcer Johnny Olson used to "run around, sitting in women's laps, rubbing his butt up against them, and making off-color jokes." Who knew?) The book's final chapter is a sort of challenge, in which the reader is invited to play along in a pretend game of The Price is Right, but it doesn't work very well as a self-scoring quiz.

Come on Down! is glossy and amply illustrated, so it may qualify as a coffee table book--one that's meant to be displayed and skimmed through rather than swallowed whole.
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As a long time TV game show fan myself, I was anticipating Come on Down! The new behind-the-scenes look at The Price Is Right from show producer, Stan Blits. It is a pretty good book with pictures and stories of how each episode is put together and interviews with recent big winners from the show. The highlight of this book to me was the mention was the queen of Barker's Beauties, Janice Pennigton who deserves recogination as one of the greatest models in Game show history along with Vanna White (Wheel Of Fortune) & Carol Merrill (Let's Make A Deal) Summer Bartholomew (Sale Of The Century) and fellow Barker Beauties Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom and Kathleen Bradley.

Even though I wish there more retro pictures from the show, COME ON DOWN! is still a nice collectable for any loyal friend and true of TV's longest running game show.
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Although this book was very well written and well put together, I was a bit disappointed as it seemed more like a "commemorative book from the show's production." I would have liked to have read more on the histories of the individual games, and of course more on the Barker's Beauties. I don't think I saw any mention at all of Holly and Dian, and maybe it's because of the issues they had with the show, but to me it seems I'd much rather read an unauthorized tome if that's what it'd take. They're just as much a part of the show's history as Plinko or Bob himself.
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Everything you wanted to know about how the show is produced, how the contestants are selected, and just how much work goes into the show. Filled with wit and wisdom from Stan Blits, it's a simple read, never too technical or boring. Great trivia, too. The theme song and original package of prize music was recorded in London!! Highly recommended...
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Hey has anyone in America never heard of "The Price Is Right"? Well, apparently everyone in America has!!! I'm a big fan of this long running favorite TV game show. I even auditioned to be a contestant myself! (Well it was a stage show version I went to see at one of the nearby casinos: "The Price Is Right Live!" stage show.)

This book gives you great details of the inside stories on what it's like to work behind the scenes. The directors, writers, producers, cameramen and all, and of course Bob Barker. Great stories from contestants who made their own homemade T-shirts. Inside stories about all the models who showed off the prizes. You know them as Barker's Beauties! The three different announcers, Johnny Olsen, Rod Roddy and current announcer Rich Fields. Even details of the pricing games the contestants play. (Yes, it includes the most popular game 'Plinko'.)

However, this book gives information about things that can go wrong, like one time someone who's been called to "Come on down!", but two people showed up with the same first and last names! The contestant who ran down onstage whose tube top fell off. Plus trips to places they used to give away, but don't anymore because of turmoils and unrests in those regions of the world. Also one time, the show accidently aired an episode that offered a trip to New Orleans just days after it was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. The producers and/or TV executives appoligized, fearing viewers would have been offended that the show would still give trips to New Orleans. (It was taped just before the disaster happened.) The people who work on "The Price Is Right" assured this won't happen again.

The book has many more features to check out. I recommend "Come On Down! Behind the Big Doors of 'The Price Is Right'" for anyone who's a big fan of the biggest game show ever!
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