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The Emmys Have Spoken: Reality Hosts to Host

Tom Bergeron by Bob D'Amico/ABC and Heidi Klum by F. Scott Schafer/Bravo

Or said differently: This... is your Primetime Emmy Awards.This year's Emmys have a new category — Outstanding Reality Host — and all five of its inaugural nominees will serve as cohosts of the kudoscast. Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), Heidi Klum (Project Runway) and Jeff Probst (Survivor) will join Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), last year's theater-in-the-round ringmaster, in overseeing the proceedings when ABC broadcasts the ceremony on Sept. 21. What's your take? A fun twist (albeit one that further rubs salt in Phil Keoghan's wound), or a harsh reality about the format's dominance on the TVscape? Your comments... after this. But first...! — Matt Mitovich read more

Howie Mandel: Deal Me In on New Sitcom

Howie Mandel by Adam Taylor/NBC Photo

Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel has signed on to star in and executive-produce a new sitcom for NBC. Hoping to make use of Mandel's ad-lib comedic abilities, NBC has given the nod to Howie Do It, an unscripted weekly laffer. — J.R. Whalen read more

Exclusive: Ellen, Office Accountants Make a Deal

Even as host of the most glamorous of Hollywood shows such as the Oscars and the Emmys, Ellen DeGeneres opted to sport beautifully tailored velvet or silk tuxedos instead of the more conventional gown. For that matter, it's been a very long time since fans have seen DeGeneres in a dress — but that may all change in January.A good friend of Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel (who in turn has been a frequent guest on Ellen), DeGeneres will be his game show's first celebrity spokesmodel. That's right: DeGeneres will be one of the 26 briefcase-toting, elegant, sparkly dress-wearing women who may or may not be holding the million-dollar bag. "Ellen is a great supporter of the show and we were looking for our first celebrity model. Who better to do that than Ellen?" says Libby Hansen, NBC's vice president of alternative series and specials. DeGeneres' appearance will be shot on Nov. 9 and air sometime in January 2008.Ellen fans will get an early preview of the show, since DeGeneres wi... read more

Deal or No Deal Overexposed? Exec Not Worried

Deal or No Deal host, Howie Mandel by Trae Patton/NBC Photo

NBC Universal has cleared for next fall a syndicated weekday version of Deal or No Deal, with Howie Mandel on board to perform double duty as host. Tweaks to the half-hour daytime edition include a $250,000 prize cap and faster-paced, self-contained episodes. Asked about the possibility of Millionaire-esque ubiquity, the president of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution tells the Reporter, "We waited... to make sure the show was going to hold up, and it clearly has. [So] there's really no fear about overexposure." 'Cept when it comes to the models' skimpy dresses. read more

Howie Mandel, Elisha Cuthbert and More Short Cuts

Biography Channel's Biography profiles Howie Mandel on Wednesday, July 18, at 9 pm/ET, and the Coreys Haim and Feldman on the 25th.... Law & Order: SVU's Richard Belzer is penning for Simon & Schuster a mystery series featuring himself as a TV actor who solves real crimes.... Starz premieres the indie drama The Quiet, starring Elisha Cuthbert (24), Martin Donovan (Weeds) and Edie Falco, on Sept. 29.... Too saucy not to share: Gisele Bundchen, says Page Six, is not at all happy that beau Tom Brady's ex, Six Degrees stunner Bridget Moynahan, is due to give birth to her and Brady's son this Friday — aka Gisele's birthday! Ha. read more

Double Dealing: Who'll Help Howie Mandel Host?

With a spin-off of Deal or No Deal slated to go into syndication next fall, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that in addition to performing some double duty, Howie Mandel (remember when he and I rode the Ferris wheel?) may get an assist in hosting. Among the names being bandied about are Arsenio Hall (whoop-whoop!) and Mark Curry [Crickets]. Hey, what about that available up-and-comer named... Barker, is it? Bobby Barker? read more

May 9, 2007: "Heads Will Roll"

Thanks for cutting me some slack getting the Medium blog up Now without further ado I give youOne of the best openings Ive seen on this show One of the best shows this season I still have goosebumpsOne creepily believable performance from Neve Campbell as sneaky underhanded reporter PD MacCollOther great titles for this show would have been Life Needs Your Attention or Stop the Murderer Stop the Murder Where have I heard something like that before Any Heroes fans out there Save the Cheerleader Save the World ring any bellsSo this being May sweeps the folks over at Medium really tried to pack a lot in There was more humor than normal a film noir short and Howie Mandel himself Plus by putting Phoenixs great DA Manuel Devalos on the auction block weve got the perfect setting for a real cliffhanger with next weeks showTo start Joes meeting with his father was hysterical The entire conversati read more

We Invite Three Deal or No Deal Models to "Open Up"

Deal or No Deal's Claudia, Lindsay C. and Patricia

For a show that seems to be on every night, you may be surprised to hear that NBC's Deal or No Deal is only now hitting the 100-episode mark tonight at 8 pm/ET, with an outing that offers one past player a second chance to become a millionaire... or at the very least top the $10 he won the first time around. What else is on tap for this milestone Monday? Offered the chance to chat up not one but three of the show's 26 suitcase-brandishing beauties about that and much more, TVGuide.com said, "Deal! TVGuide.com: What can we expect from this week's milestone episode? Confetti? Special guests? The Banker's silhouette is naked?Claudia Jordan: A naked Banker silhouette? Now that's a good idea!Lindsay Clubine read more

Family Awards Honor Numbers, Chris

CBS' Numbers and the CW's Everybody Hates Chris took top honors Wednesday at the eighth-annual Family Television Awards. Among the other winners: Dancing with the Stars (in the reality-show category), Ugly Betty (new series), Ghost Whisperer Jennifer Love Hewitt (for fostering early-onset puberty), Monk's Tony Shalhoub and Deal-maker Howie Mandel. read more

What's the Deal with the Banker?

Host Howie Mandel takes a call from Deal or No Deal's Banker

What is the deal with the Banker on NBC's Deal or No Deal (the season finale airs tonight at 8 pm/ET)? He is one shady dude — literally and figuratively — playing with players' minds the way he does, offering weighty sums for their cash-rich (or -poor) unopened briefcases. Why won't he show his face, instead of tendering his temptations through host Howie Mandel? Exactly what evil lurks in the heart of this man? The shadow knows.... So we invited him to shed some light on what goes on inside his greedy brain. TV Guide: OK, so who are you?The Banker: I'm the guy you could never beat at Monopoly. I'm the guy you hated for ruining the bell curve read more

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