‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ Wishes Fans a ‘Happy National Trivia Day’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Thank you Celebrity Wheel of Fortune for letting everyone know that there is such a thing as national trivia day.

The show’s Twitter account acknowledged the holiday, the first major one of the year after New Year’s Day (we kid.). And then the account used a photo from some of the contestants on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune to make it holiday official.

Take a look. That’s Anthony Anderson there in the middle. His sitcom, Black-ish, is finishing its final season. Anderson’s new show, the Law & Order reboot, begins Feb. 24. The tall guy on the left is Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The woman on the right is Marcia Cross, who played Bree on Desperate Housewives. And of course, you know Pat Sajak and Vanna White. Both are pulling primetime duty with Celebrity Wheel of Fortune on ABC, then the day-time syndicated Wheel of Fortune.

The snapshot is from next Sunday’s episode.

This past Sunday’s episode of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune was a doozy. It showed how closely the show follows its own rules.

The trivia topic was 1970s song lyrics. And contestant Raven-Symone, who plays a recurring character on Anderson’s Black-ish, thought she knew the answer. But Sajak cautioned her to be very careful. You know, the show has rules. And you have to say all the words. Otherwise, why have letters. So Symone opted against solving the puzzle and elected to spin again. And then Symone did the same thing. Again.

Enough letters were revealed to show that the song was the Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive. Symone guessed “Ah ah ah ah Stayin’ Alive Stayin’ Alive.” But remember what we said about Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and rules. Sajak told Symone she was wrong. Tori Spelling of Beverly Hills 90210 fame, got it right. And she apologized when she answered the puzzle. So what was wrong? Too many ahs. Symone should’ve said hahs. Now that was a perfect segue into national trivia week.

“That’s why I was urging you to be careful,” the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune host told Symone. “I did my best to help out, Raven. I’m sorry it didn’t work out.”

Symone was cool with losing the round. “You know what, you’re right, I need to pronounce,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune account tweeted a gif of Anderson, who loves his game shows. It looks like he had some success, although we won’t know who won until Sunday. Anderson asks Sajak “Can I just solve it, Pat?”

Anderson has the golden touch these days. He’s heading from a hit show on ABC to a very different role on Law & Order, which is very established, but still new. The Dick Wolf production was on for 20 years before NBC canceled it in 2010. Anderson was around for the final two seasons, portraying Detective Kevin Bernard.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune was a nice way to generate some buzz, even if it’s trivial. Or should we say trivia?