‘Press Your Luck’, a CBS original show, was created by Bill Carruthers and Jan McCormack. It debuted on the channel on September 19, 1983, concluding with its finale on September 26, 1986. Peter Tomarken was the show’s host, and Rod Roddy was credited as the primary announcer. Owing to the immense popularity of the game show, ABC picked up the series for a reboot, which airs on the platform on June 12, 2019. ‘Press Your Luck’, the rebooted version, is produced by Fremantle and features Jennifer Mullin, Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman, and John Quinn as the executive producers. Each episode features a trio of participants who attempt to correctly answer trivia questions in order to earn spins and make huge amounts of cash on the Big Board. Meanwhile, they also need to avoid the Whammy who could take away their loot and return their cash balance to zero!
Press Your Luck Cast: Who is in it?
The revival of ‘Press Your Luck’ is hosted by none other than the charismatic Elizabeth Banks. The multiple award winner and Emmy nominee actress is best known for her roles in ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Pitch Perfect‘ film series, the NBC show, ’30 Rock’, ‘Scrubs’, ‘Modern Family‘, and the Netflix miniseries, ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’ and ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’.
As per Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, “Elizabeth Banks is exactly the type of woman we want on ABC – she’s a big star who’s smart, strong and funny. She has everything we need as the host of Press Your Luck, one of our signature summer game shows. If anyone can ride herd on the Whammy, it’s Elizabeth!”
Press Your Luck Plot: What is it about?
‘Press Your Luck’ is an engaging game competition that involves a combination of wits, strategy, and high stakes. In the original version, contestants would need to collect spins by giving correct answers to trivia questions. The accumulated spins were then used on an 18-space game board that would allow them to win cash and prizes. The one who could gather the maximum cash was allowed to keep the money after being announced as the winner for the day. The main highlight of the show was its “Whammy”, a red-colored, animated cartoon creature with a high-pitched, raspy voice. If any contestant’s spin landed on the Whammy’s space, his score would automatically become zero again.
Well, the rebooted version also follows a similar premise. Even here, participants are required to answer questions and collect spins, which they can apply to earn huge fortunes on the Big Board. Each episode begins with four questions being thrown at the contestants. If the candidates answer questions without choices, they earn three spins. And if they choose the option of multiple choices, they get one spin. In round one, contestants can win up to $5,000 and in round 2, they can earn up to $10,000, in addition to a few extra spins. The ultimate winner is declared as the champion and gets to keep his/her winnings and also avails the option to play the bonus spins where he/she can win up to 1 million dollars. The bonus round comprises a series of spins and six stages, with each stage multiplying the risks as well as rewards. While round 1 has a maximum value of $10,000, round 2 has $15,000. It culminates in $100,000 in the final round.
Of course, the stars of the show, i.e. the Whammies, are present here as well. If a contestant hits them, his/her score immediately gets reset to zero. Participants are given the option to stop after any round because earning four Whammies means goodbye from the game. Yes, the format is pretty close to that of the original version. There are certain minimal changes, such as in the looks of the board, the Whammies, the music and sound.