Looking at this story, and what eventually happened to him was interesting. Mostly because, he died in 1999 at the age of 49. Making him 34 years old in this video. Aging is mysterious.
The original ran from 1983 to 1986. There was a guy on the original version once who realized that there were safe spots on the board that never had Whammies and always had free turns AND that the marker that went to each square wasn't really random. The board had a fix number of patterns that the squares would light up in. He studied the board and lights for months and finally got a spot on the show. He ended up spinning over 100 times and won over $100,000.
Random Number Generation has come a long way since the eighties. I wonder if the new show uses true randomization or if it's still pattern based.
No, both the original and the GSN versions of the show were a half an hour. The "bonus round" pads the show out and allows the audience to form a connection to the winner.
Press Your Luck, Card Sharks, and Match Game were all 2nd place (behind Game 7) last night. Press Your Luck beat Amazing Race in the demo (0.9/5 vs 0.8/4) and total viewers (4.88M vs 4.62). Card Sharks at 0.94/4.40M, Match Game at 0.8/4 and 3.88M. Good results!