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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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"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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Peter Tomarken, who hosted the original Press Your Luck, auditioned to host this version as well. He lost out to Todd Newton. See more »

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Remake of Press Your Luck (1983) See more »

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Um, it isn't that bad as everyone is yelling about...
8 June 2005 | by See 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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