It’s the turn for CNBC up the bat as they embark the bandwagon of the game show revival this fall season with a relaunch of the massively popular TV game show Deal or No Deal. Jim Ackerman, EVP of the alternative prime-time programming had commented earlier on August 8th during the TCA summer press tour in Los Angeles that the CNBC prime-time lineup established over half a decade had aimed to capture “the spirit of business and entrepreneurship”. With the announcement of the news that the NBC hit show is due for a continuation after nine years, this statement, bolstered as the business and entrepreneurship theme, is the central mark of distinction in the game show.
Deal or No Deal Season 5 Cast: Who’s in it?
Famous Canadian, TV host Howard Michael Mandel, better known as NBC ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge Howie Mandel, makes a return along with Deal or No Deal. 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.
Deal or No Deal Season 5 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 20th, 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. The US version had premiered on NBC, on December 9th, 2005. It then had a spectacular four-year run in a row from 2005 to 2009, all hosted by Canadian actor-comedian Howie Mandel. After the cancellation, it came as a surprise when the CNBC revival was announced earlier this year. The game largely keeps the original Dutch formula intact. The rules are simple and straightforward: a contestant chooses a briefcase from a pool of 26 briefcases. Each briefcase can contain a random value ranging from as little as 1 cent to the highest grand prize of one million USD. The contents are predetermined for each case but concealed initially.
After the contestant chooses their case, he or she then gets to eliminate the cases by picking them out one by one while also revealing their monetary contents. On certain select points throughout this process, they are offered with a deal from the enigmatic figure of ‘The Banker’ periodically. At these junctures, they are given a choice to quit the game for a set cash amount, sometimes with a bonus gift like a car thrown into the mix. If the contestant chooses to refuse the offers in all these instances, their ultimatum is decided when there is only one case left from the 25 cases. They can then trade the last case, should they choose to, with the first case that was selected in the beginning, and their takeaway is whatever amount there is in their chosen case, revealed in the climactic final moment of the game. There had also been a spinoff minigame tie-in with the viewers in the NBC seasons, called “Lucky Case”. Howie Mandel noted while talking about the game on CNBC on June 14th that it was a “study on humanity” vis-à-vis the stakes of “greed vs taking chances”.