‘Deal or No Deal’ gets a newdeal from CNBC with game-show re­vival

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - TV STAR PLUS - By Jay Bobbin

Here's the deal: Its time to get brief­cases ready again for a cer­tain game show. "Amer­ica's Got Tal­ent's" Howie Man­del re­turns to host a re­vival of "Deal or No Dear that starts Wed­nes­day. Dec. 5. on CNBC (fol­low­ing a pre­view two nights ear­lier on the par­ent NBC net­work. the seri& for­mer home). Play­ers again de­cide whether to keep a selected brief­case. not know­ing if it con-tains one cent or $1 mil­lion. or trade it fa what's of­fered by the per­son known as "The Banker: Also an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of teal or No Deal: Man­del has taped the new episodes at the Universal Or­lando (Fla.) Re­sort He re­flects that when he was first ap­proached about the pro­gram in 2005. "There were no comics host­ing game shapes. and I said 'No to it three times. My wife told me to take the deal. and I took the deal. "I'm not say­ing it be­cause I'm Hy­ing to pro­mote it: Man­del not& "but this is real: There is no show Eve ever been part of —or no project Eve ever been part of —that has changed my life, that has changed my ca­reer, that is more ex­cit­ing to be part of than Deal a No Deal: For nine years, I've been try­ing to swatch and claw my way back onto this stage, and I cant thank CNBC enough for al­low­ing me and our team this op­por­tu­nity' CNBC ex­ec­u­tive Jim Acker-man be­lieves teal or No Dear suits the net­work's busi­ness brand while also pos­si­bly ex-pand­ing it. -In many ways. we fed like were the per­fect des-tina­tion for Deal: he rea­sons. 'There is the life-changng mon- ey at stake, the high-pres­sure bal­anc­ing act be­tween risk and re­ward. And at the heart of each game, there is story of some­one look­ing for a shot at a bet­ter life. We are su­per-ex­cited a bout this, but to do it, we needed to bring back the man at the cen­ter of the show. And we did." That man, Man­del, cites what the ap­peal of "Deal of No Deal" re­mains for him. "I don't know if it's be­cause of my age," he says, but this show made me com-forta ble with just ... shar­ing the foibles and the weak­nesses and the strengths of be­ing hu­man." Sev­eral of the orig­i­nal "Deal or No Dear mod­els also are re-turn­ing, but Season 2 fea­tured a now-no­table "Holder of Case No. 24": Meghan Markle, presently the Duchess of Sus­sex. "She was a very nice per­son," re­calls exec-utive pro­ducer Scott St. John. "I can't say that I saw any­thing ex-tra-spe­cial. I mean, all the wom-en that we have on the show are spe­cial: How­ever, Man­del adds with tongue in cheek, "She was sightly duchessy."

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