Wheel of Fortune is getting ready to go XL for a milestone season.
“XL Week” (otherwise known as Extra Lucky and loaded with many prizes) will kick off the upcoming season in celebration of four decades of the game show.
Pat Sajak and Vanna White are on board to host, with the latter “working at a new LED screen puzzle board,” per the press release.
“XL Week” represents the roman numeral 40 for the 40th season and will feature extra prizes, puzzles, and hopes to be “XL (Extra Lucky)” for contestants and fans.
” During “XL Week,” not only will contestants have double the chances to win $1 Million with up to two full $1 Million wedges on the Wheel, but when they bring the $1 Million to the bonus round their chances are doubled because a second $1 Million envelope will be added to the Bonus Wheel. This week also introduces the “XL Wedge” with the chance to win an additional $40,000 when the player takes that to the bonus round for a minimum win of $80,000. Viewers will have big chances to win as well with a chance to win the Prize Puzzle featured in the round and the XL Bonus Round prize if it’s won,” the release notes.
Following “XL Week,” gameplay returns to normal, with the minimum amount that can be won at the Bonus Wheel bumped to $40,000 because, again, 40th season!
The fun kicks off on September 12, 2022, reportedly running through June 9, 2023.
And if you’re a huge WOF fan, don’t miss Celebrity Wheel of Fortune starting on Sunday, September 25, 2022 on ABC.
You can see the full 2022-2023 Fall TV schedule right here!
Now You Can Watch ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ All Day Long, 24/7
Calling all game show lovers!
Pluto TV will be airing episodes of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune all day long!
The streamer is launching two game show channels that will be dedicated to the beloved game shows. What does this mean? You can watch game shows non-stop, year round!
Per the press release, the Jeopardy! channel features over 250 episodes from the past 33 seasons, which will allow fans to relive the great memories with the late host Alex Trebek.
There are even programming blocks dedicated to tournaments like Battle of the Decades, College Championship, Teen Tournament, Kids Week, Tournament of Champions, and more.
The Wheel of Fortune channel will deliver over 250 episodes from the past five years hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White.
“Under the terms of the deal with Sony Pictures Television, Pluto TV will now be the exclusive FAST platform streaming 24/7 iconic and classic seasons and episodes of these beloved game shows, for free, via live, linear channels and on-demand,” the press release revealed.
“Pluto TV prides itself on offering a wide array of free streaming entertainment, across movies and television, sports, news and more that audiences love. Game shows, known for their spirited, feel-good, evergreen programming, distinguished themselves early on as fan-favorites amongst our viewers and why we recently launched a new category dedicated to them,” said Amy Kuessner, SVP of Content Strategy & Global Partnerships, Paramount Streaming. “With past seasons and episodes of timeless fan-favorites like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Hosted By Alex Trebek launching on Pluto TV, we are delighted to now offer our existing and new audiences even more to choose from. Whether it’s spinning the iconic wheel or testing your knowledge with Alex Trebek, we truly have something for everyone!”
“We are excited to be working with Pluto TV to bring America’s favorite game shows to these new FAST channels, a growing area where we continue to see more viewers tuning in for film and TV content,” said Suzanne Prete, EVP Game Shows, Sony Pictures Television. “Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are longtime staples of American pop culture and entertainment, and I know Pluto TV audiences will love watching classic episodes of these beloved shows over and over again.”
And if you love game shows, you’re in luck. The deal with Sony Pictures Television will develop a number of new game show projects for CBS.
So, what are you waiting for? Get to watching right now! PlutoTV is 100% free!
Pat Sajak Blasted on Twitter for ‘Belittling’ Contestant for ‘Pointless Story’ on Wheel of Fortune
Fans of Wheel of Fortune were not impressed with Pat Sajak after March 9th’s episode.
During the contestant intros, Scott told a touching story about his toe getting cut off while he was a child.
He explained that he told the story all these years later in order to thank the paramedics for their help.
However, the longtime host didn’t seem too impressed and noted that it was the “most pointless story” ever told.
Naturally, Twitter lit up with fans who thought the comment was rude and belittling.
“When did #Patsajak get so cold-blooded? 😁😁” one contestant asked.
Another fan noted: “#WheelOfFortune Sometimes Pat says really mean things to contestants, but this was the worst. A man thanking paramedics for giving him his big toe back, an important toe for balance, is not a pointless story. It’s touching that he still feels gratitude for them and took the time.”
#WheelOfFortune Sometimes Pat says really mean things to contestants, but this was the worst. A man thanking paramedics for giving him his big toe back, an important toe for balance, is not a pointless story. It’s touching that he still feels gratitude for them and took the time.
— Nat (@NatalieCierzan) March 10, 2022
Another exclaimed: “Pointless story??!! Really??!! I hope the paramedics remembered and saw this!! #wheeloffortune“
Pointless story??!! Really??!! I hope the paramedics remembered and saw this!! #wheeloffortune
— ronisuek (@ronisuek) March 10, 2022
Yet another fan pointed out that Sajak recently took to his personal Twitter to encourage the audience to be nice and more understanding to contestants after a firestorm of tweets broke out when one contestant attempted to solve a puzzle several times.
“So @patsajak got on his @WheelofFortune high horse a week ago & lectured everyone to be nice to contestants who couldn’t solve an easy puzzle, but tonight he had no problem belittling and insulting a contestant who told their intro story. Scott needs an apology. #WheelOfFortune”
So @patsajak got on his @WheelofFortune high horse a week ago & lectured everyone to be nice to contestants who couldn’t solve an easy puzzle, but tonight he had no problem belittling and insulting a contestant who told their intro story. Scott needs an apology. #WheelOfFortune
— ABT20 (@GoBlueD1) March 10, 2022
Why was Pat toe tough on Scott? I didn't think his story was pointless. #WheelofFortune
— Ronnie (@texmexinjersey) March 10, 2022
There were a handful of fans who thought the comment was all in good fun.
Do you think Sajak was out of line with his comment? Let us know in your comments below!
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Incorrectly Solves the Puzzle Three Times in a Row: ‘What a Tremendous Disappointment’
Third time’s…. not the charm.
Tuesday’s episode of Wheel of Fortune was brutal for all three contestants, but it was particularly hard on Laura.
The category was phrase.
The puzzle read “A_other feather _n y__r _a_.”
Laura made two three guesses: “Another feather in your hat,” followed by “another feather in your lap,” followed by “another feather in your map.”
Unfortunately, all three of them were wrong.
The wheel was rather unkind to the other two contestants as they kept hitting “bankrupt” and “lose a turn.”
After roughly 6 failed attempts, Thomas finally guessed the letter “c,” which revealed that the puzzle was “Another feather in your cap.”
You can watch the brutal video below:
I'd like to solve… ANOTHER FEATHER IN EVERYTHING BUT YOUR CAP.
— WheelRob (@WheelRob10) March 2, 2022
Naturally, Twitter was up in arms over the disastrous situation.
One fan noted that they are in “utter disbelief.”
The woman on Wheel of Fortune got not one but TWO chances to solve this. First time, she said “…in your LAP.” Second time, she said “MAP.”
— Blake Oestriecher (@BOestriecher) March 2, 2022
Another noted: “What a tremendous disappointment these players have been. They don’t get another feather in their laps, maps or hats!”
— Joey D (@OldSchool_JoeyD) March 2, 2022
Another fan couldn’t get over the fact that she got it wrong “three times.”
Someone else called it the “greatest moment in TV history.”
One Twitter user said the “whole world was” yelling the correct answer at their screen.
It was even worse when you realized that the “h and t were used.”
#WheelOfFortune Omg. I just lost a ton of brain cells trying to watch Laura try to solve that puzzle. ‘Another Feather In Your _a_’
She said lap, map and hat (even though the h and t were used). pic.twitter.com/ANELkZEFtb
— Kebert Xela (@Kebert_Xela600) March 2, 2022
But that wasn’t the only viral moment of the night.
In another puzzle, Thomas guessed that the phrase was “Barking Hotdogs,” which set Twitter off completely.
barking hotdogs. legend. #WheelOfFortune
— Markie (@_markiewoods) March 2, 2022
— Phil Caballeros (@PhilCaballeros) March 2, 2022
Better luck next time. And just know that if you decide to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, there’s a high probability that you will trend on Twitter.
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