Television game show “The Price Is Right” resumes production amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now recording three episodes a day instead of two.
The show will have a newly redesigned set that follows COVID-19 protocols in terms of social distancing and sanitization. There also won’t be any audience members.
“We pulled out all the audience chairs and we put in decking and we’ve now made it all one level. So, it’s level,” series showrunner and executive producer Evelyn Warfel told Deadline on Monday.
According to Warfel, after “The Price Is Right” stopped production in March, she and her team started working out what a COVID-friendly production would look like for the show.
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“We quickly realized we were not going to be able to have 300 people on the show sitting close together,” she said. “We decided that we were going to come back without an audience to maintain the safety as best we could for our talent, for the contestants, for our staff and crew.”
“That was the hardest part of all of this; the audience is such a core part of that show, and so, for the first time in 48 years we’ve had to look at it and go okay, we’re bringing the show back and it’s going to be different and we have to hope and know that everyone understands what’s going on and how serious it is and that we want to bring back this show for everyone, but it has to look different. If we want to come back, we have to do it safely,” she added.
Deadline explained that the show cannot have a virtual audience as it would be impossible to ensure that they wouldn’t look online for the prices of the items. However, Warfel assured that they are “still going to have the same great games.”
“We figured out how to bring all 77 games back while maintaining social distancing. So, they’ll see all their favorite games. It was also important to me to keep the ‘Come on Down,’” she added.