'The Price Is Right' returns to production with redesigned set

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By RADIO.COM

"The Price Is Right" is kicking it up a notch by filming three episodes a day instead of two in their newly launched production schedule following closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The classic game show will feature a newly designed set which makes things safer for competitors in accordance with COVID-19 protocols, allowing for social distancing and increased sanitation.

According to Deadline, studio audience members will not be in attendance. "We quickly realized we were not going to be able to have 300 people on the show sitting close together," series showrunner and executive producer Evelyn Warfel told the outlet.

She continued, "We decided that we were going to come back without an audience to maintain the safety as best we could for our talent, for the contestants, for our staff and crew."

According to Deadline, the show chose not to go the route of having virtual audience participation as there was no way to moderate people using the internet to help them with their answers.

The changes made to the set account for the lack of studio audience, including a stage that's all on one level.

"We pulled out all the audience chairs and we put in decking and we've now made it all one level. So, it's level," Warfel said.

Host Drew Carey took to Instagram with his excitement over the resumed filming procedures. "About to tape my first COVID-era #TPIR! No audience. New look for the stage. Entire crew in masks. Covid compliance nurses on stage. I feel super safe and excited!" he wrote

Carey also debuted his "new look," showing off his full beard.

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