Todd Newton took the live TPiR extravaganza to Penn State last night, and a good time was had by all. As the story in the local newspaper says:
"Even though I wasn't picked to play a game, I still felt like I was involved throughout the whole show," said Francesca Marchese, a Penn State sophomore who isn't a longtime fan of the show. "It was definitely worth every penny."Maybe Francesca will turn into a longtime fan one of these days. That's the idea of the live show, after all. It's why they've been towing the show around the country for twelve years now, since its debut in Reno in 2003.
By the way, Todd Newton was in the mix to succeed Bob Barker on the TV version. But according to an interview with then showrunner Roger Dobkowitz, the TPiR powers that be thought he was a little too set in his ways from hosting the live show. Oh well, he's still got a lot of the live gigs, along with Jerry Springer and Mark Walberg.