Former “Dancing With the Stars” host Tom Bergeron returns to television on Friday, December 23 for an episode of “The Wheel” that promises to be loads of fun. The episode, entitled “Fish n’ Chips & Gold Medal Flips,” airs at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on NBC.
Here’s what you need to know:
Bergeron reunites with 2 Dancing With the Stars alumni
British comedian Michael McIntyre is the creator and host of the UK version of The Wheel. NBC decided the show would be great for US audiences and hired McIntyre to host a 10-episode run in the US, with episodes airing Monday through Friday over the two weeks leading up to Christmas 2022.
The show features six celebrity panelists who advise contestants, and that’s where Bergeron comes in – he’ll be seated in a chair atop a giant, lighted spinning wheel and will offer advice and support to contestants as they attempt to win $100,000.
The NBC press release states:
The series features a colossal spinning wheel of celebrity guests helping everyday contestants win life-changing cash. Created and hosted by acclaimed British comedian Michael McIntyre, each hour-long episode follows six celebrity guests as they offer advice and support to charismatic contestants as they spin while trying to be last. As contestants compete for a chance to win over $100,000, celebrities offer their expertise in a variety of hilarious and outrageous categories, from candy and comedians to poker and politics. The series features exciting high-stakes trivia, laugh-out-loud moments and more than 50 all-star guests taking their seats on a spectacular 42-foot-wide spinning wheel.
The game offers three participants the chance to compete through general knowledge questions where the goal is to keep your place in the center of the wheel. The contestants themselves are randomly selected from a smaller wheel under the center of the stage. Right answers keep you there, wrong answers throw you out. Only the contestant in the center of the wheel at the end of the game has a chance to take home a life-changing sum of money, so they must do their best to stay there. The candidates are not on their own. There are seven prominent experts at the wheel ready to help answer the questions. Featuring a mix of real people, larger than life celebrity experts and a giant spinning wheel at the host’s command… the fun and challenges are endless.
Celebrities participating in the 10-part run include Christina Ricci, Chris Kattan, Kym Whitley, Curtis Stone, Jackie Tohn, Tony Hawk, Clay Aiken, Chrissy Metz, Loni Love, Brie Bella, Taye Diggs, Andy Richter, Margaret Cho and Kate Flannery, Tom Bergeron, Shawn Johnson, Terrell Owens, Debbie Gibson, Amber Riley and many more. In fact, Bergeron reunites with Dancing With the Stars season 8 champion Shawn Johnson and season 25 singer Debbie Gibson in his episode, along with three other celebrities: actress Kyla Pratt, the former NFL wide receiver Victor Cruz and “Below Deck”. Strong captain Lee Rosbach.
Bergeron’s episode “Christmas Eve” airs when he posted on Instagram, writes: “I had a great time recording ‘The Wheel’. The host, Michael McIntyre, is a hoot. My episode will air on @nbc on the eve of Christmas Eve (yup, December 23rd 🤔).”
Fans are really looking forward to Bergeron’s episode
On his two Instagram posts Announcing his episode of The Wheel, Bergeron’s fans are very excited for his return to television.
“I can barely wait for it!” wrote a fan.
Other added“Great! I’ll tune in to see how you’re doing!”
One third wrote, “I just wanted to say that I’ve been a fan of yours since I was a tween in the early 80’s and you were a DJ on WHEB! I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately remembering the songs you performed (“Marty Feldman Eyes” and “Georgeann Shufflebarger”) and that hilarious parody of The Wizard of Oz with “Bunny Bill” ( who could only communicate by saying ‘BOING BOING BOING’)! Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for bringing some light and humor to my otherwise miserable life at the time. God bless you!” to which answered Bergeron, “You’re welcome. Thanks!”
“Would have been better if you had been the host” added another fan.
Speaking of hosting, one fan wondered what has become of Bergeron’s possible new game show on NBC, a reboot of the classic Tic Tac Dough.
“Have you heard about your ‘Tic Tac Dough’ reboot yet, @tombergeron?” wrote the fan.
September 2021, deadline announced that the game show was teasing Bergeron in the podcast of the late Bob Saget was a reboot of “Tic Tac Dough” which originally aired on NBC in the 1950s and was later revived on CBS in the 1970s and 1980s.
Bergeron told Saget he had so much fun filming the pilot for “Tic Tac Dough,” saying, “The best part for me … was getting back on stage and knowing it was still fun.” makes me can still break up the crew. It is important to me that the environment is good for everyone, that everyone is doing well. We shot on a Monday and Tuesday in June and the best response I’ve had [was when] One of the young production assistants came up to me and said, “Everyone is having so much fun. And it’s a Monday!’ and I thought, ‘This is the best. That’s the best thing right there.’”
However, nothing has been said about the “Tic Tac Dough” reboot since fall 2021, leaving fans wondering if Bergeron will return to being a full-time TV host again.
The Wheel episode, starring Bergeron, Johnson and more, will air Friday, December 23 at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on NBC.
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