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