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Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck 

Remake of the classic 1983 game show, "Press Your Luck," where contestants gambled their winnings in an effort to avoid the Whammy.
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Series cast summary:
Gary Kroeger ...  Himself - Announcer 68 episodes, 2002-2003
Todd Newton ...  Himself - Host 67 episodes, 2002-2003
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"Whammy!" was Game Show Network's true-to-the-original remake of the classic CBS game show, "Press Your Luck," and served as a companion to reruns of the classic series, which GSN began rerunning in 2001. Three contestants competed in this three-round game. Each contestant was spotted $1,000 to start the game. The first round was the Bonus Board, where contestants faced an 18-space oval-shaped PYL board containing cash amounts, the names of prizes and Whammy spaces (the latter explained later). One at a time, the contestants stopped a randomly-flashing cursor by pressing their signaling device (and usually the scream "STOP"). The contestant wins whatever appears in the lit space. He/she could then "freeze" with their winnings, or risk those winnings with increased odds they could hit a Whammy space (more such spaces were added as the contestant pressed his luck). If they hit a Whammy space, a humorous 3-D computer-animated sequence starring the Whammy, a hedgehog-like devil played and... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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The game with big bucks and whammies is back! Bigger, and better than ever! It's time to play, Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck!

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Family | Game-Show

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Official Sites:

Game Show Network

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the spring of 2003, a special episode aired as a tribute to the late Michael Larson, who won over $100,000 on Press Your Luck (1983) by memorizing the board's patterns. For this show, Larson's two opponents played against his brother James, and Peter Tomarken read the questions in the second round. James was the day's big winner. See more »

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Featured in Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal (2003) See more »

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Um, it isn't that bad as everyone is yelling about...
8 June 2005 | by lildrchris25See all my reviews

OK, I've read the reviews about how bad it is. I for one, think it isn't that bad of a show, but of course not without it's flaws.

The double whammy - OK, I"ll agree it is useless and really didn't need to be in there. I guess GSN/Fremantle wanted to find someway to add mess to it, but this isn't it.

The host - Newton, well, I guess he is OK, though he tended to overemphasize a lot.

New Round 1 - Just a different strategy, I guess.

Prizes over cash - Budget's fault. GSN is no CBS when it comes to budgets. Obviously CBS had the cash to give away during its run, and it reaches out to a bigger audience than GSN does.

Overall - Not that bad of a remake. Could be better if it was on some other station, but I guess no one else was willing to take a chance.


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