there, I'm Matthew Ashford, today I am behind the
scenes at Wheel of Fortune for soap
is on the set of the game show Wheel of Fortune
, and is leaning behind the famous wheel.
He is on the set to interview the various soap
stars who will be appearing for Wheel's
Soap Star Week, as well as the game show's stars
Pat Sajak and Vanna White.
is now outside the sound stage, and is welcoming
Michelle Stafford, Phyllis Summers Abbott, on
The Young and the Restless, he gives her
a kiss on the cheek, and a big hug.
good to see you, welcome to Wheel of Fortune!
Michelle: Oh boy!
is a quick shot of several of the other
soap star contestants greeting each other. Next
there is a shot Matt entering the sound stage
nine, there is a quick shot of him in make-up.
at what is called "a press junket." There
are press all around us in a circle. And we
have alot of the actors doing interviews of each
one (there of Kristoff St. John being interviewed).
This is a regular part of the show, and a part of
Wheel of Fortune as well.
Matt is now describing what is going on in the
walks up to Matt.
Here comes Michelle....
Hi, Matt! (Waves as she walks toward him) How are
Stafford, "Come on down!"
"Come on down!" (Humming the theme for
The Price is Right!).
Matt: We here--
her mistake) Oops, wrong show....
is now talking to Rebecca
Herbst, who plays Elizabeth Webber on General
I watch the show.... religiously (giggles).
Matt: You watch
of Fortune (still giggling), yeah.
Okay, we've got a rigger.
talking to Lisa Rinna now, co-host of Soap Net's
Soap Talk, and Days of our Lives
I'm hoping that I channel the Wheel of Fortune
gods, because I'm not the best at playing
is back talking with Michelle.
have you played this game before?
know what, I.... I played it on TV with them...,
but, but, I'm really bad at it.
now chats with Corbin Bernsen, who plays John
Durant on General Hospital.
Are you.... are you up for this?
Corbin: Ah, I'm....
now is speaking with Ty Treadway, co-host of Soap
Talk, and One Life to Live's ex-Dr.
Ty: My wife loves
The Wheel, so we've been solving all week. She said,
"Don't lose to Lisa.... that's all....
don't come home if you lose to Lisa!" that's
what she told me.
now is chatting with Peter Bergman, Jack Abbot
on The Young and the Restless.
I'm absolutely up for this day! This is about
competing, and I'm apparently playing two women,
and I hate to lose to women! (Bites his lip,
grimaces and groans).
is now talking with Kamar De Los Reyes, Antonio
Vega on One Life to Live.
I've got a feeling that.... ah.... I'm going to
fail miserably! But you know--
Matt: No! Noooo!--
Kamar: But I'm
going in there with that mind set because.... at
the end.... at the end of the game I promise
you I'm going to win it all!
now is speaking with Ricky Paul Goldin, Gus Aitoro,
I was good at Hangman when I was a kid.
and so, I think this is just a big, fancy
version of Hangman, really.
is outside the sound stage and is talking to Susan
Flannery, The Bold and the Beautiful's
I understand there's certain consonants that come
up more than others?
You just use the... the... "R," "S,"
"T," "L," "N," "E"
There is an immediate cut to Rebecca whom he obviously
asked the same question.
"R," "S," "T," "L,"
"N," "E," okay--
in agreement) Hmm....
Matt: Okay, "R,"
"S," "T," "L," "N,"
"E, "Rstlne." (Matt has a snarky
interview cuts back to Susan Flannery answering
her head thinking) "E," "T,"
"R," "L," "N," "S,"
I did a little research.
looks like she is not so sure, and gaffaws Matt
tries to make a word out of it
has asked Corbin Bernsen.
You know, "R," "S," "T,"
"L," "N," "E," (throws
up his hand) I don't know, whatever, (trying to
make a word out of the letters) "Rslne."
is now speaking with Deidre Hall, Dr. Marlena
Evans, Days of our Lives, he has asked
her the same question.
I don't want to tell you how to play the game, but
don't waste your money on a vowel! Okay?
is not talking with Lorenzo Lamas, who plays Hector
Ramirez on The Bold and the Beautiful.
They are obviously in the midst of a question.
What vowels do you, know, okay, like, ah....
is a good one!
Matt: No, actually,
"L" is a very good one (snarkily)! There's
I only knew that 'cause my name starts with it.
Matt: Well, (says
nothing but flashes the camera a look)--
shot cuts away again, next thing we see is Matt
pointing to the set.
What you are watching is a rehearsal where the contestants
(pointing) get to warm up before Pat and Vanna get
are several shots of the Letter Board and the
contestants pr acting. Matt goes back to describing
what is going on.
As you can see they're practicing spinning
the wheel (as he talks we see shots of this). And
I'm going to tell you right now, I tried it a little
while ago, it's really heavy, so you've got
a put alot of hmmmp into it.
is now chatting with his Days of our Lives
co-star, Alison Sweeney, Sami Brady.
You, know, I have (touching her hand) a little
callous from spinning (motions a spinning action)
the wheel. I feel like I built up a little--
Matt: Do you
really (looking at her hand)?
holding her hand) Yeah, on my ring--
you know, it's not just in the wrist action, it's
in the (squeezing her shoulder) it's in the shoulder
Alison: No, no,
you've got to your whole shoulder (grimacing and
imitating how to do it) in to it!
is not talking with Kristoff St. John, Neil Winter
on The Young and the Restless. They are
in the midst of talking about something, Matt
turns to the camera, flashes a grin, and raises
his eyebrow, with a knowing look.
During rehearsal, ah, I actually got the chance
to spin the wheel and I ended up on "Bankrupt,"
so, my partner said, "You're not spinning the
wheel for the game, Pal!"
is now interviewing Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune's
Pat, you just let me know that you were working
on a soap at one point?
Pat: Well, I
did... (shot zooms in and out) My character name
was, (with an affected tone) Kevin Hathaway.
tone too) Kevin!
Pat: Kevin Hathaway.,
ah, that's all.... and (slight shrug) they never
invited me back, so obviously, I stunk up the joint.
Matt: Or you--
Pat: It was on
Days of our Lives, by the way.
Matt: Oh (looking
at the camera)....
Pat: Did the
show ever survive (chuckling)?
It's.... (nodding) you know, the show is still running,
I'm happy to say--
Pat: Despite my appearance?
is back talking to Ricky Paull Goldin
the kind of preparation you do for your character,
for Gus, do you think that help is going to help
you in any way to put together the words
yeah, no, (shakes head) not at all!
now is talking with Corbin Bernsen.
Do you think your character would out play
Corbin: Ah, John Grant would be.... bet everybody
is now asking Susan Flannery a similar question.
If your character was going to play this game--
Susan: Oh. please!
Matt: Do you
think she'd play better than you?
Susan: Oh, she'd
probably buy the studio so she could win.
Can Antonio think on his feet?
Matt now is back talking with Kamar De los Reyes.
Kamar: Ah, uh,
you know, actually I think he could, he used to
be a detective, and, uh, yeah! I think he could.
by what he said) He's not a detective anymore?
Kamar: No, he's
not a detective, now he owns a Salsa club.
the the camera and with a knowing look and tone,
tilting back his head) Oh!
is now back with Michelle, asking her the same
Do you think your character could play better than
Matt: Now why
she's alot smarter than I am.
to the camera and gives a fake interview-esque laugh)
Flannery, Peter Bergman, Pat Sajak and Matt are
together talking, the sound is off. Peter says
he is off to see Vanna, and the group walks off.
I want you to touch the letter and see if it lights
up. (Shot cuts in and out; Vanna touches to the
board) Anywhere on this bar.
Cut to a shot of Vanna at the Letters Board, then
of Matt and Vanna together.
does so, and a buzzer sounds.
got to have the magic touch.
turns to the camera and pulls a face. The
shot cuts in and out again.
Vanna, thank you so much for having us here today
(smiling at her).
Vanna: My pleasure,
(taps Matt on the shoulder) thank you for being
it's my plea...., you know, this is so great
giving everybody a chance to.... to win for their
is back talking with Michelle.
Do you have a charity, that you're here?
Michelle: I do,
I'm playing for the "Smile Train."
his head) "Smile train!"
a non-profit organization that funds, ah, cleft
surgeries for children.
is now asking Lisa the same question.
My charity is St. Jude's Children's hospital.
Lisa: Isn't that
Lisa: You know,
they do not turn away a sick child!
has just ask Kamar De los Reyes the same question.
"The Gabriel Project" which I--
and smiling) Hmm.
....I helped raise money to bring children
from Third World countries to the United States
for life saving heart surgery.
has asked Corbin Bernsen. the question about his
I'm playing for "The Rape Treatment Center"
in Santa Monica.
Matt: Hmm, mmm.
something I've been associated with since the beginning
of LA Law.
has asked Ty Treadway the question.
I'm playing for "Big Brothers and Big Sisters
of Greater Los Angeles"....
um, man, I'm very, very very proud of being able
to play for them.
is back to chatting with Susan Flannery. Matt
points to a red pin, an anatomically correct,
heart shaped pin which she is wear on her lapel.
Can you tell me about this pin?
Susan: This is
from the "American Heart Association,"
(holding out her collar to better show the pin)
women die of heart failure more than any other,
ah, disease in the United States.
flashes of scenes for the taping of the various
shows. Then back to Matt, with the set in back
We've had a great time here on Wheel of Fortune
Soap Star Week. This is Matthew Ashford signing
off. Back to you at the studio!