The iconic game show will return next week for its Season 39 premiere with Sajak adding consulting producer to his duties following the exit of executive producer Mike Richards. The show's set and theme song will also be modernized. Jim Thornton, who will mark his 10th anniversary as Wheel of Fortune announcer, will get an expanded on-screen presence in the new season with a new podium on stage. And Sajak will no longer do the “Final Spin” of the game -- instead, it will be done by one of the contestants. Maggie Sajak, Pat’s daughter, will be joining the show as social correspondent. Additionally, more money will be up for grabs in Season 39 with the removal of the “Free Play” wedge from the Wheel which was replaced by an $850 wedge.
TOPICS: Wheel of Fortune, Jim Thornton, Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Game Shows