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R.I.P. Mark Corwin

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 12:47pm PDT

Mark Corwin, Emmy Award-winning director of Wheel Of Fortune, died this morning in Los Angeles. He was 65. Corwin directed more than 2,000 episodes of the top-rated game show, and was beloved by staff and crew. “Mark made directing Wheel of Fortune look easy, and it’s no simple task,” Executive Producer Harry Friedman said. “He loved this show and understood that the viewers have a special bond with Wheel, which he never took for granted.” Corwin began his career as a stage manager, then worked his way up to associate director on various NBC network shows, including Hollywood Squares. His other credits include Password Plus, The New High Rollers, Card Sharks and Jeopardy!

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‘Wheel Of Fortune’ And ‘Jeopardy!’ Renewed On ABC Stations Through 2016

By | Monday October 29, 2012 @ 9:47am PDT

LOS ANGELES – October 29, 2012 – Syndication’s top-rated game shows WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY! were renewed by the ABC Owned Television Stations Group through the 2015-2016 season, it was announced today by Joe DiSalvo, President of Sales for CBS Television Distribution. Both shows were renewed for two more years beyond stations’ current contracts by the ABC-owned stations that currently air the shows: New York (WABC-TV); Los Angeles (KABC-TV); Chicago (WLS-TV); Philadelphia (WPVI-TV); San Francisco (KGO-TV); Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (WTVD-TV); and Fresno, Calif. (KFSN-TV). This group represents 21% of U.S. households. The new deal will take WHEEL OF FORTUNE through its 33rd season and JEOPARDY! through its 32nd season. Pat Sajak and Vanna White, co-hosts of WHEEL OF FORTUNE, and JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek recently renewed their contracts to continue hosting their respective shows through the 2015-2016 season.

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‘Jeopardy’ & ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ Post Gains In Return, Boost Ratings On New Stations

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 5:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The fall rollout of syndicated shows continued yesterday with the season premieres of veterans Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy!. Wheel Of Fortune delivered an average of 6.3 household rating in the metered markets, up 9% over its lead-ins and 15% from its time periods’ September 2011 averages. Jeopardy! posted a 5.9 HH rating, up 16% over its lead-ins  and 23% from last year. Both game shows scored far better than any syndicated talk show season/series premieres this fall. Among Adults 25-54, the WOF opener delivered a 1.6 rating in the 25 Local People Markets, up a tenth over its Sept ’11 time periods; Jeopardy! posted a 1.7, up 21%. The ratings gains for WOF and Jeopardy! came despite the shows’ changing stations in seven mid-season markets after Scripps Television Station Group decided to replace the game shows with locally-produced fare. All Scripps stations that ran WOF and Jeopardy! in the 7-8 PM hour leading to their primetime, saw their ratings in the time period drop between 31%-67%. Meanwhile, the ratings for the new stations in the markets that picked up the syndicated game shows shot up in the time slot 100%-650%.

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