CNBC embarked on the bandwagon of the game shows on television after it added the popular TV game show ‘Deal or No Deal’ to its catalogue. CNBC prime-time lineup established over half a decade had aimed to capture “the spirit of business and entrepreneurship” but with the inclusion of the hit show — conceived at NBC first — the network decided to target a different set of audience in tis quest to bolster its brand as in the field of business and entrepreneurship.
For those unaware, ‘Deal or No Deal’ is the American version of the Dutch game show of the same name. It used to air on NBC and the format has never been very different from the international format, that is, “a contestant chooses one briefcase from a selection of 26. Each briefcase contains a cash value from $0.01 to $1,000,000. Over the course of the game, the contestant eliminates cases from the game, periodically being presented with a “deal” from The Banker to take a cash amount to quit the game. Should the contestant refuse every deal, they are given the chance to trade the first case – chosen before play – for the only other one left in play, and win whatever money was in the chosen case.” Notably, there have been some twists which have been introduced to keep the contestants and the audience on their toes. These include ‘Million Dollar Mission’ and ‘Lucky Case Game’. As we mentioned earlier, the current version of this game airs on CNBC and first premiered on December 5, 2018.
Notably, game shows have been the mainstay of the entertainment industry for a long time with shows like ‘The Price is Right’ and ‘Jeopardy!’ forming the backbone of the genre. This series is up there with them and enjoys a massive audience across various age groups.
Deal or No Deal Cast: Who is in it?
Famous Canadian TV host Howard Michael Mandel, better known as NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Howie Mandel, hosts the show. Well known for his roles in ‘Walk Like A Man’ and NBC medical drama ‘St. Elsewhere’, Howard Michael is well-acquainted with the reality TV scene and given his popularity throughout the original four-year run of ‘Deal or No Deal’ on NBC, he is the face of the show. Naturally, it was no surprise that he retained his pedestal of the host when he announced the show joined by Brenda, Vaeda, and Malika, each holding up a numerical component of the release date etched on three cases. Notably, in the new version of the show, the Banker is a woman, unlike the previous versions where men would take up this role.
Host Howie Mandel is expected to return for season 6.
Deal or No Deal Plot: What is it about?
It was the Dutch company Endemol that produced Miljoenenjacht (Hunt for Millions), first introducing the formula we see in ‘Deal or No Deal’ to television on November 20,, 2000. The game gained traction very quickly and stepped up on the international stage as numerous countries over the years adapted the game show to their own national version over the years, and the US was, of course, no exception.