'The Price is Right' celebrates 8,000 episodes

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'The Price Is Right' Celebrates 8,000 Episodes
"The Price is Right" is now 8,000 episodes old. To celebrate the milestone, "CBS This Morning" took a behind-the-scenes look at one of daytime TV's most popular shows - including how producers find contestants.
'The Price is Right' celebrates 8,000 episodes
THE PRICE IS RIGHT -- 1962 -- Pictured: Host Bill Cullen -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
August 1960: American TV host Bill Cullen sits on the edge of a convertible car as four contestants laugh in a still from the television game show 'The Price Is Right'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of American game show host Bob Barker for the CBS game show 'The Price is Right,' Los Angeles, California, August 14, 1972. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Bob Barker with a contestent named Felicitas on 'The Price Is Right'. Image dated February 8, 1978. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 9: -- Announcer David Lawrence during an episode of CBS' Emmy Award-winning THE PRICE IS RIGHT which airs Monday, Dec. 20 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Lisette M. Azar/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Bob Barker celebrates his 80th birthday party during a special daytime edition of 'The Price Is Right' on November 20, 2003 at the CBS Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 26: Coverage of CBS' THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS on THE PRICE IS RIGHT. Pictured: (L-R) Kristoff St. John, Drew Carey and Mishael Morgan. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 26: Coverage of CBS' THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS on THE PRICE IS RIGHT. Pictured: (Far right) Mishael Morgan. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 26: Coverage of CBS' THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS on THE PRICE IS RIGHT. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 10: Craig Ferguson takes over from Drew Carey as host of THE PRICE IS RIGHT for April Fools' Day, airing Tuesday, April 1 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 4: Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its milestone 8,000th episode, Monday, April 7 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 4: Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its milestone 8,000th episode, Monday, April 7 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 4: Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its milestone 8,000th episode, Monday, April 7 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 4: Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates its milestone 8,000th episode, Monday, April 7 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 7: Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, will feature its first ever 'œDream Car Week,' beginning Monday, Nov. 18, (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 7: Guest Model Hunter King with Model Rachel Reynolds on the daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, during its first ever 'Dream Car Week,' beginning Monday, Nov. 18, (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 31: Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, will reveal several new set elements on its 42nd season premiere, Monday, September 23 (1:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT). The iconic set will include enhanced lighting and effects around the doors, a new look for the Showcase Showdown podiums, and the main stage area updated with new glass floor, stairs, and lighting. Pictured is Drew Carey(Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
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'Guys, guys, guys, I'm desperately searching for somebody that wants a new car. What I'm looking for is three things basically: energy, sincerity and potential comedy.'

The daytime edition of the show we've come to know and love premiered on CBS in 1972 with Bob Barker as the host.

What you might not know, though, is the show initially ran in daytime and primetime on NBC and ABC in the '50s and '60s. Legendary game show host Bill Cullen was at the helm back then.

Now, Drew Carey hosts the longest-running game show in television history. Broadway World points out the show has had more than 2 million audience members and nearly 70,000 contestants have 'come on down.'

The Hollywood Reporter also notes the show is the most watched on daytime TV, even after being on the air for several decades. The show remains at the top of the ratings in its 42nd season.

CBS reports the show has given away a quarter of a billion dollars in prizes. Congratulations on 8,000 episodes. Here's to 8,000 more.
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