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Hosts
David Sidoni &
Cyber Lucy (performed by Tanika Ray)
Broadcast
Wheel of Fortune 2000
Wheel2000
CBS & GSN: 9/13/1997-2/7/1998
Packagers
Scott Sternberg Productions
Columbia Tristar Television

OPENING SPIEL: Hey, it's time to play... AUDIENCE: WHEEL! 2000! And now, here's our host, David Sidoni!

David: Welcome! Welcome to Wheel 2000! (I'm) Glad to have you here today! And I'd like to introduce to you, (my co host) (give it up for) LUCY! How are ya doin today Lucy?

Wheel 2000 (a.k.a Wheel of Fortune 2000) was a short lived children's version of Wheel of Fortune.

Main GameEdit

Three child contestants competed in a game based on America's game. They play for points & prizes instead of dollars in this version. At the start of each round the player to start the round was shown three categories (one new category replaced the selected one at the beginning of each new round), then selected one to play for that round, afterwhich the puzzle under the selected category was revealed. When the round began, the player in control spun the wheel loaded with point values, surprises and penalty spaces. When the controlling player landed on a point value, he/she then called a consonant, and if it appeared in the puzzle, that player received the points times the number of appearances of that letter, and spins again. Along the way the controlling player can buy a vowel for 250 points of his/her score regardless of how many of that vowel appeared in the puzzle. But if at anytime the player called a wrong letter, his/her turn is over, and control passed to the next player in line. That player also loses control, if he/she landed on one of the penalty spaces or solved the puzzle incorrectly. The first player to solve the puzzle gets to keep all the points he/she earned in that round plus he/she won a prize; and if the player who solved the puzzle scored 200 or under, that player's score got bumped up to 500 points. At the end of each round, hostess Lucy or a celebrity talked about the solved puzzle or something associated to it.

CategoriesEdit

The categories for Wheel 2000 were designed for educational/informational purposes, and some of them were similar to the adult categories:

  • Globetrotter (Place(s)/On the Map) - Famous Places
  • VIPs (Very Important People) (Person/People/Proper Name(s)) - Famous People
  • Just Stuff (Thing(s)) - General Items
  • Book Soup - Literature
  • Made in the USA - Things that are in United States
  • Space Case - Things in outer space
  • Above & Below - Earth & Space items
  • It Adds Up - Mathematics
  • Every Body - The Human Body
  • Word Rap (Lucy's Favorite) - Grammar & Punctuation
  • Lab Test - Science
  • Bright Ideas - Famous Inventions
  • Paint by Numbers - Art
  • Measure It - Self-explanatory
  • Monumental (Landmark) - Famous Monuments

The WheelEdit

The wheel itself had brighter colors, and had special surprises and different names for the penalty spaces:

  • Top Point Value Space - 1,000 points was the top value for round one, 2,000 for round two, and 5,000 for round three.
  • The Creature - Which acted the same as "Bankrupt". In another clip, a monster from underneath the wheel came up to eat up all the player's points when landed on. In the pilot only, if the player hit that space with no points, the player gets 'eaten' instead until their next turn.
    • Fact about The Creature - It's never possible for The Creature to actually appear from the wheel in real life. What actually happens when The Creature is landed on, the lights on the stage simply get darker with an evil laugh sound effect. In the pilot, red smoke appears meaning a player hit the creature with no points & is getting eaten.
  • Loser - Same as "Lose A Turn"; self-explanatory. In the pilot, if landed on, the player put on a dunce cap; that feature would later be seen on shows such as Street Smarts and Win Ben Stein's Money. When explaining the rules, Sidoni & Lucy simply give the player "The Big 'L'" with their arms or hands & skips their turn.
  • 250/Physical Game - Three double-wide 250-point spaces contained the name of that day's physical game. The physical game was where the player that landed on it got to play the game for 60 seconds (75 seconds on one stunt, other times less times, and on those stunts, the player had to answer true/false questions for 15 seconds each) to earn up to three letters selected from a randomizer. When the stunt was over, the player went back to the wheel and then decided to either use those letters and see if they're in the puzzle for 250 points each, or spin the wheel and choose a letter of his/her own. If none of the letters appeared in the puzzle, or if he/she didn't earn any letters at all, that player automatically loses his/her turn.
  • 100/Prize Box - Where the player can earn 100 points a letter plus a special small prize win or lose.
  • 500/Double Up - Where host Sidoni asked the player a question under the category in play. If the contestant was correct, then the value of the consonant was worth 1,000 points, but if he/she got it wrong, the value was worth 500 points.
  • 750/WWW.WHEEL2000.COM - The website space where not only the contestant would play for 750 points a letter, but would also try to win a Wheel 2000 t-shirt & hat for an at-home studio player who already registered on the site.

With the exception of the top point space and physical game wedges (when landed on), the wheel was completely isolated, for none of the other spaces changed.

Speed-Up RoundEdit

When time ran out in the middle of a round, a factory whistle would sound and the game shifted into a Speed-Up round which was played the same way as the grown-up show. To start, host David gave the wheel the final spin, then the player in control gave a letter. A correct letter won the number of points landed on (nothing for vowels), and five seconds to solve the puzzle.

If the Final Spin lands on any of these specific spaces, here's what happens:

  • The Creature & Loser - Spin again (no sounds or effects when landed)
  • Prize Box / 100 - First person to get a correct letter wins the prize in the box, then it becomes a regular 100 per letter.
  • Double Up / 500 - Regular 500 point space (no question involved)
  • WWW.WHEEL2000.COM / 750 - Regular 750 point space (no home viewers involved)

The player with the most points won the game; if the game ended in a tie, a (second) speed-up round puzzle was played to determine the winner. The winner of the game won a chance to play the bonus round for a grand prize.

Bonus RoundEdit

To start, the winning contestant chose one of two envelopes A or B consisting of a grand prize. Then the bonus puzzle with the adult categories was revealed. Just like in the grown-up show, The player was given six letters to start (R, S, T, L, N, E). Instances of those letters appear, then the contestant had to choose three more consonants & one more vowel. Instances of those letters then appear, then the winning player had 10 seconds to solve the puzzle, and if he/she solved it, the winning contestant won the selected grand prize. The prize was only revealed when it was won, unlike the regular show where the prize was revealed regardless.

RatingEdit

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MusicEdit

Dan Sawyer

Pics from WWW.WHEEL2000.COMEdit

InventorEdit

Based on Wheel of Fortune by Merv Griffin

CatchphrasesEdit

"Alright, here's how the game works. Spin the wheel, (you) pick a letter. If the letter's in the puzzle, that's when you get the points. Now, if you solve the puzzle, you get a great prize and you get to keep those points! That's important, because the person with the most points at the end of all the puzzles gets to move on to the bonus round for the big grand prize. Got it? Good! Let's take a look at the wheel! We've got (insert game) today's physical game/our physical game of the day. We've also got www.wheel2000.com, that is our website, which you guys at home can visit any time you want to! But if you guys, land on it/hit it today, a lucky e-mailer (who has already registered on our site) gets a chance to win with you! We also have the loser spot! Hit that spot on the wheel, you get THE BIG L and we have to skip you. And finally, the worst spot on the whole wheel. It's the big, bad, ugly, CREATURE beneath the wheel! You hit that, he comes up, he'll take/eat all your points and you'll lose your turn. Alright, that's how we play our game. (insert player), you won the coin-toss/paper, scissors, rock backstage, so that means you get to go first. We have three categories for you to pick from. Lucy, can we see them please?" - David Sidoni in beginning of the game

"(insert player), if you guess this letter right, your online partner is going to win a Wheel 2000 T Shirt and hat!" - Cyber Lucy if a contestant lands on the website space

"Ungh!" -  David throughout the show's run at random

"We have two old ones/categories, and one new one/category. Which one do you want?" - David Sidoni when a new round begins

"That sound means we're out of time! So what I'm gonna do is give the wheel one final spin! I'll ask you to give me a letter, then you have five seconds to solve the puzzle. Vowels are worth nothing, consonants are going to be worth (insert amount). (insert player), it's your/still your turn, pick a letter." - David Sidoni when it's the final spin

"The category is (insert category)." - Cyber Lucy when it's the bonus round

"Alright/ok, we're gonna give you R S T L N E. Lucy?" - David Sidoni when it's the bonus round

"I can give you only one (consonant or vowel). That's it." - Lucy if player is given only one of the chosen letters in the bonus round.

"Ok, I can give you (insert number of letters chosen by contestant)" - Cyber Lucy, in the bonus round

"I actually can't do anything for him/her with any of those letters." - Cyber Lucy, in the bonus round

"Thank you for watching, we'll see ya next time on Wheel 2000!" - David Sidoni (signing off for another episode of Wheel 2000)

"I'd like to thank everybody who gave the kids prizes on Wheel 2000!" - Cyber Lucy (at the end when commercial consideration sponsors are announced)

International VersionsEdit

The German kids version of Wheel of Fortune before Wheel 2000 was called Kinder-Glucksrad running on Sat.1 for a brief period from 1992-1993 hosted by Petra Hausberg. Since this was the only international kids version of WOF that didn't need a letter-turner/toucher, the "Ferranti-Packard" styled small mounted puzzleboard automatically plays by itself.

There was also a version of Wheel 2000 in Vietnam. It was titled Chiếc nón kỳ diệu 2000.

There was also a version of Wheel 2000 in Turkey called Cark 2000.

Other VersionsEdit

Shopper's Bazaar - The original unaired 1973 pilot
Wheel of Fortune (2) - The show's original and long-running adult counterpart

LinksEdit

Official website (via Internet Archive)
Josh Rebich's Wheel 2000 Rule Sheet

VideosEdit

Episode of the Turkish Version

YouTubeEdit

Series Premiere Show
Part 1
Part 2

Wheel 2000 Tour

Foreign VersionsEdit

Episode of the Vietnamese Version

German Wheel 2000
Kids Wheel of Fortune in Germany Part 1
Kids Wheel of Fortune in Germany Part 2

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