‘Wheel of Fortune’ to Leave Major Streaming Network in August

by Leanne Stahulak
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Bad news for “Wheel of Fortune” fans: the beloved game show will be leaving Netflix in just two weeks. Since February, viewers have been able to watch 25 episodes from four different seasons (34-37) of the hit game show. These reruns span from 2016 to 2020, showing all kinds of contestants trying to solve word puzzles.

According to PopCulture, the Netflix app says that the last day to watch “Wheel of Fortune” on the streaming service is August 14. So, “Wheel Watchers” have about two weeks left to get their fix of the game show before it’s removed.

Most viewers catch it on NBC every night at 7 p.m. EST. But for those without cable, their options are limited to reruns or paying for live TV subscription services through another streaming network like Hulu.

To date, the show has aired over 7,000 episodes, making it one of the longest-running game shows of all time. As of right now, there’s no place to view all previous episodes, though you can watch the first season of “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” on Hulu and ABC.com.

‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ Returns This Fall

ABC’s primetime special did well with audiences earlier this year. Now, the game show returns on Sept. 26 at 8/7 CT with iconic hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White.

The premise of the show mostly follows the original series. Celebrity contestants spin the wheel, guess a letter, and attempt to solve a word puzzle. But the contestant winnings are all donated to a charity of the celebrity’s choice, and up to one million dollars is up for grabs.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, host Pat Sajak talked about the show and how it differs from the original “Wheel of Fortune.” Mainly, he said, it’ll be “a little lighter in attitude.”

“We’re mainly there to have fun,” Sajak said. “We’ve jazzed up the set a bit, made it look a little more prime-timey, whatever that means. [But] as far as the game, it’s going to be the same.”

The first few episodes of the season aired in January 2020, with a midseason break this summer. Sajak said that he’s glad about the timing of the release because it seemed to lift people’s spirits in the middle of the pandemic.

“This seemed like the time to do it because of what’s going on in the world,” Sajak said. “‘Wheel of Fortune’ is kind of a sign of normalcy for people; they were very glad to have us back on the air. So this seemed like a good time to expand into prime time a little bit, at least one time, and extend that normalcy.”

There’s no word yet on who the celebrity contestants will be for the upcoming episodes, but it’s only a matter of time before we hear.

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