Wheel of Fortune 1994
The popular game show Wheel of Fortune debuted on September 5, 1994 and ran until June 23, 1995. The show featured the famous chant “Changing Keys,” but in a new arrangement with big band orchestration and melody changes. The music was performed by Mort Lindsey’s orchestra. It also features a half-second pause between each word in the opening chant. The show’s host, Vanna White, is still present throughout the show, albeit through FMV sequences.
The logo is the same as the one used in 1989, but there are some changes. The lowercase text is printed in white Palatino Italic, while the uppercase text is still in Gill Sans in a pale pink version. During the commercial breaks, the title logo is shown in a marble-like appearance. The “O” in “of” is a normal-looking letter, but it is not positioned over the “U”. In the Wheel’s background, a number of America-related graphics appear. One of these is from a road show for Walt Disney World.
After the first season of Wheel of Fortune, the show went through several changes. The show’s original location was moved to NBC Studios in Burbank. It also no longer uses the white tube device to spin the wheel. However, the show still uses Sajak’s familiar waltzing up and down the podium to hug contestants.
The first bonus round of Wheel of Fortune 1994 is called the “Fill In the Blank” round. The fourth bonus round is titled the “Megaword.” In the Megaword round, contestants are given a choice between two bonus prizes. The winning contestant in this round chooses a car, but does not win it. Another bonus round, the ROOF bonus, uses the “Thing” and “Phrase” word.
The $10,000 Wedge has skinnier numbers and was used in a few episodes prior to the week of November 28. The Surprise Wedge letters do not sparkle. The show’s logo is featured in the intro and close spiel. The show also utilizes the Disney-MGM Studios as a taping location. In addition, Charlie uses a theme park logo in his spiel. The next scheduled teacher-themed episode will be held on May 28, 2007.
The Celebrity Wheel of Fortune has a similar set of rules. However, the final spin is performed by the contestant in control of the wheel. The contestant with the highest total wins the bonus round. Contestants can only ring in once for each toss-up puzzle. If three contestants fail to solve it, no cash is awarded. The contestant at the red arrow controls the next part of the game. The game is designed to last at least four rounds. If time permits, more rounds are played.