PHOTOS: ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Returns with Brand New Set for Season 39

by Leanne Stahulak
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The “Wheel of Fortune” set received a glamorous makeover just in time for the premiere of Season 39 tonight. And boy, does she look pretty.

The game show shared the new set photos via Instagram earlier today. We already knew there’d be some major changes happening this season, as reported by TODAY, a new set being one of them. Check out the photos for yourself below in “Wheel’s” Instagram post.

“We’re BACK 🙌 and on a BRAND-NEW set 🤩 An all-new season of Wheel begins TONIGHT!” the caption reads.

First and foremost: We’re happy to see longtime “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak and Vanna White looking as radiant as ever. The bright-colored wedges behind them really seem to mimic the Wheel, and the use of lighting to outline the colors is a really cool effect.

You can see the set more as a whole in the last picture of the post. They really seem to be playing into this futuristic purple and pink color scheme, and honestly, it works. The other colors contrast off it nicely.

From the looks of the Wheel itself, the font and colors of the wedges have stayed the same. The logo and don’t also seem consistent.

But “Wheel of Fortune” addresses two other major changes in their shiny new set photos. First off, in the second picture on the post, we see the show’s announcer, Jim Thornton, in the flesh. Usually, the announcers for game shows stay in their booths. But, “Wheel” told TODAY they wanted Thornton in front of the camera now, announcing Sajak and White’s entrance at his own podium.

Another major change is the presence of Sajak’s daughter, Maggie, on the set of the show.

New Roles for Pat Sajak and Daughter Maggie on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

“Wheel of Fortune” tapped Maggie Sajak to be the show’s social correspondent. She’ll update their website and social media pages. The 26-year-old will also act as an “online host,” interviewing staff and contestants to be posted in exclusive videos.

Her father, meanwhile, will take on a consulting producer role in addition to his regular hosting duties. Last month, the “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards stepped down from the job amidst controversy. Both shows have had to find quick fill-in replacements for Richards, and Sajak certainly knows the show well enough to help out.

White and Sajak also extended their contracts through to 2024. So, we won’t see the two retiring anytime soon, unlike rumors claimed.

Additionally, Sajak announced that he’d no longer be doing the “Final Spin” of the game. He didn’t like having an impact on the outcome of the game, so now, the contestant whose turn it is will spin the wheel.

“If you think about it, by doing the ‘final spin’ I, as host, had an impact on the outcome of the game and that has always bothered me because it just didn’t feel right,” Sajak said. “With this change, only the contestants determine the outcome of the game and the host does not impose themself in any way.”

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