Drew Carey's 'Price' Debut on the Money

Savvy comic lets the show do the talking, says Tom Shales
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2007 3:36 AM CDT
Drew Carey's 'Price' Debut on the Money
Drew Carey the new host of the game show "The Price is Right" chats with the audience during a break in taping of the game show at CBS's Bob Barker Studio in Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007. The 49-year-old comedian makes his "Price" debut on Monday, Oct. 15. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)   (Associated Press)

Comedian Drew Carey's first day as host of "The Price is Right" was a surprisingly normal episode of the classic CBS game show, writes Tom Shales for the Washington Post. Despite all the hype surrounding Carey stepping into Bob Barker's 35-year-old post, the comic's "subdued start" proves that the program is in "respectful, capable and worthy hands," Shales concludes.

Shales commends Carey for knowing the gig and not overstepping its bounds. He refrained from being intrusively chatty, apparently understanding that the show is ultimately about contestants and prizes, not its host. His biggest challenge? He needs to learn how to corral hysterical contestants—and stay out of the way as winners "rush to embrace their booty," says Shales. (Read more Drew Carey stories.)

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