OK, so I know the obvious way to improve Wheel of Fortune is to just take it off the air. But since people insist on watching it, I have a few ideas.
A Wheel of Fortune shouldn't always have all good stuff on it. The only 2 "bad" things on the wheel right now are "Bankrupt" and "Lose a Turn."
But where are the really bad things? Like "Lose your parents' retirement funds" or "Solitary Confinement in Sing-Sing for 6 months" or "Have a Limb of Pat's Choice Amputated (NOW)"
Where there are rewards, there should be risks. That's all I'm sayin'
We've all seen it when they pop 2 people behind each players post -- best friends, siblings, parent and child. Where are the conjoined twins?
"Why don't you reach down with your good arm and pick up that 'free spin' card?"
Before and After
After about 10 episodes, they ran out of normal phrases like "Time Heals All Wounds" "Behold the power of soup." So then they came up with clever puzzle types like "Before and After" e.g. "Stitch in time will tell" See? That's clever. It combines "Stitch in time" with "time will tell" and makes a WHOLE NEW nonsensical puzzle.
I have some others to suggest:
"Here I Come Down Your Throat"
"Oh Shit On My Chest"
"Wouldn't It Be Nice Ass"
"Throw Up Yours"
...and a "Before and After and Before"
"Boston Tea Bagging Party"