Well I didn’t see this coming, Graham Norton to front 8×60 episodes of Wheel of Fortune next year.
Wheel of Fortune, alongside Jeopardy, I’ve always said is one of those shows that if you launched now would fail – there’s really not a lot to them, and there’s going to be not a lot to them for sixty minutes at a time now. In many ways it’s exciting that we get to test the hypotheses out, and Jake Humphrey and Sony must have worked their black books to get the talent for Whisper North given that ITV have turned down commissions for both of these shows in last few years – Jeopardy with Richard Madeley and Wheel with Alison Hammond, there must be proper belief that the talent is going to bring in the viewers – what Norton is going to bring to the wheel is anyone’s guess really. I am certainly intrigued to find out.
Also today Ryan Seacrest was announced as new host of US Wheel after Pat Sajak retires after the next season.