Wheel of Fortune (Australian game show)
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Wheel of Fortune is an Australian television game show produced by Grundy Television (until 2006).wikipedia
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Wheel of Fortune is an Australian television game show produced by Grundy Television (until 2006).
After success in radio, Reg Grundy’s first TV production was Wheel of Fortune which launched on Nine Network in 1959.
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The program aired on the Seven Network from 1981 to 2004 and January to July 2006 and is mostly based on the same general format as the original American version of the program. The new show began airing on the Seven Network on 21 July 1981 at 5:00PM, and was produced at the studios of ADS-7 in Adelaide.
Wheel of Fortune began its 25-year run in July 1981, produced from ADS-7's studios in Adelaide.
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That version had been developed by Reg Grundy as a radio game show before it transferred to television in 1959.
He was the creator of game shows such as Blankety Blanks (based on a Mark Goodson-Bill Todman production, Match Game) and Wheel of Fortune (based on the Merv Griffin production of the same name), before later diversifying into soap operas and serials including Prisoner, The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters and Neighbours, which was inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame in 2005.
In 2010, hostess Adriana Xenides died after a long battle with illness; she had been listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving hostess of a television game show until it was surpassed by her US counterpart in 2001.
she moved to Australia as a child, and became well known for her Guinness World Record-long-running role as the co-host and letter-turner on Wheel of Fortune.
In 1996, as part of an attempted major revamp with the remaining of the show's famous theme music and sounds, the program relocated from Adelaide to Seven flagship ATN-7 in Sydney.
The Epping facilities were expanded to provide five operational studios and the centre became the largest producer of Australian produced TV content, including Wheel of Fortune, Sons and Daughters, A Country Practice, Hey Dad..!, All Saints, Terry Willesee Tonight and Home and Away.
The show's production moved to SAS-7 when ADS and SAS swapped network affiliations and channel frequencies at the end of 1987.
The game show Wheel of Fortune originally commenced recordings in ADS-7 studios in July 1981 on the Seven Network.
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The program aired on the Seven Network from 1981 to 2004 and January to July 2006 and is mostly based on the same general format as the original American version of the program.
Versions of the show have existed in such countries as Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and Vietnam (Chiec Non Ky Dieu). The American version of Wheel has honored its international variants with an occasional theme of special weeks known as "Wheel Around the World", the inaugural episode of which aired when the 23rd syndicated season premiered on September 12, 2005.
The new show began airing on the Seven Network on 21 July 1981 at 5:00PM, and was produced at the studios of ADS-7 in Adelaide.
The popular television game show Wheel of Fortune originally commenced recording in studio 1 at ADS-10 in July 1981 with Ernie Sigley (later John Burgess from 1984), Adriana Xenides and Steve Curtis (later John Deeks from 1984) then after the changeover to SAS-7 in December 1987 moved to their studios where it remained until July 1996 when the show moved to ATN-7 Sydney.
Barber appeared at the start of the 1997 series premiere to introduce and hand the show over to Rob Elliott with former Perfect Match hostess Kerrie Friend replacing Xenides for the next seven months.
Rob Elliott (born 8 October 1965 in Brisbane, Queensland) is a popular Australian radio announcer and television show host, best known for hosting Wheel of Fortune.
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After Wheel of Fortune ended, the format was revived by the Nine Network in 2008 as Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune, until it was cancelled in June 2008 due to low ratings and following arguments from long-time host John Burgess concerning why he did not like the revamped format.
He is best known for his long tenure hosting duties on the Australian version of game show Wheel of Fortune.
Larry Emdur (January 2006 - July 2006)
He is known to Australian audiences for his hosting duties on several other game shows, including Cash Bonanza (Nine Network), and Wheel of Fortune (Seven Network).
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Laura Csortan (January 2006 - July 2006)
She formerly also co-hosted the Australian version of Wheel Of Fortune, with Larry Emdur.
John Deeks (January 1986 - December 1995, January 1997 - July 2006)
He is best known as the announcer of the now-defunct Wheel of Fortune (which he joined in 1984), on the Seven Network.
Sophie Falkiner (July 1999 - December 2005, as a long-term replacement for Xenides)
She was also a presenter on The Great Outdoors and letter-turner on Wheel of Fortune.
Along with a new set, new music, faster game format and modified rules, John Burgess was sacked from his twelve-year stint as host and replaced by Tony Barber.
After Jeopardy, Barber succeeded John Burgess as host of Wheel of Fortune (Seven Network) in July 1996 following the show's relocation from Adelaide to Sydney as part of an attempted revamp.
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Ernie Sigley (July 1981 - June 1984)
In the 1960s and early 1970s, Sigley hosted the prime time Adelaide variety show, Adelaide Tonight on NWS-9 and he was the original host of the Australian version of the popular game show, Wheel of Fortune, from 1981 to 1984.
One of the contestants on the final episode was Edith Bliss, former field reporter for Simon Townsend's Wonder World, who won the game and effectively became the show's final, undefeated champion.
In 2006, she appeared (under her married name) as a contestant on the final episode of game show Wheel of Fortune, and won.
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Ron E. Sparks (July 1996 - December 1996)
Sparks has also made a name as a television voice artist, and has provided voice overs for several Australian television shows, such as Wheel of Fortune and Hot Streak.
Grimsley responsible for the creating the theme music of Wheel of Fortune and Sale of the Century in Australia.
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Ratings for the new series were expected to top now-rival Deal or No Deal, and to lead-in to the 6:00 news.
Both game shows were successful in the ratings, in 2005 The Price Is Right was cancelled, due to Larry Emdur signing a contract with the Seven Network, Emdur hosted Wheel of Fortune, which was cancelled only a few months later due to declining ratings, after Wheel of Fortune was axed, the Seven Network introduced Deal or No Deal in the 5:30 pm timeslot, Which was a high success in the ratings, and overtaking the Nine Network's Bert's Family Feud, which was axed in 2007.
Mel Symons (2003, two weeks)
In 2003 Symons also presented her own lifestyle program Australia's Best Backyards, and co-hosted Wheel of Fortune as a fill-in for two weeks.
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