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Exclusive: Price Is Right Turns 40 With Celeb Player Neil Patrick Harris, a Huge Prize, and More

The Price Is Right‘s 40th anniversary celebration is going to be — wait for it — legend — wait for it once again — ary, featuring a Celebrity Week, classic clips from the game show’s hallowed history, and its landmark 7500th episode.

“We are beyond thrilled to be entering our 40th season on air,” says executive producer Mike Richards. “We continue to evolve the show to build on [host] Drew Carey’s amazing strengths while maintaining our core, which is the energetic contestants winning incredible prizes.”

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Season 40 of the CBS daytime staple kicks off Monday, Sept. 19, with an updated, 360-degree set, and a look back at memorable moments — including the first time Plinko was played. That first week also features one of the biggest prize giveaways in the show’s history. (We can only hope it includes a jukebox, a can of Underwood Deviled Ham, and a Jet-Ski.)

The aforementioned 7500th episode airs Wednesday, Sept. 28. Celebrity Week will arrive on Jan. 2, 2012 and feature Neil Patrick Harris (whose How I Met Your Mother character famously long believed his father to be veteran TPIR host Bob Barker), Snoop Dogg and Jenny McCarthy. The stars will play alongside regular contestants, with proceeds benefiting charities.

Other special episodes on tap for the 40th season include salutes to teachers and nurses, a breast cancer awareness show, and TPIR‘s traditional Veterans Day show.

And now, a sneak peek at NPH’s visit: