Deal or No Deal

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Scheduling Notes: Bionic Woman Unplugged, Life Cut Short

Michelle Ryan in Bionic Woman by Carol Segal/NBC Photo

Sci Fi is pulling the plug on its Bionic Woman repeats and USA is cutting short its run of Life encores after this week, according to the thefutoncritic.com.... But the news isn't all fatalistic for Life. NBC has scheduled the first of a two-part arc for Dec. 3 at 10 pm/ET, following Heroes' fall finale. (And if that doesn't breathe some life into the ratings.... ) Part 2 will air in the show's regular time slot, on Dec. 5.... Forget Deal or No Deal, this is more like "Making a Killing or Overkill." The briefcase-picking game show will "treat" us to two-hour episodes on Dec. 10 and 12, and just for good measure, NBC is squeezing in yet another hour-long installment on the 11th. — Ben Katner 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

Are you surprised the network ...

Question: Are you surprised the network didn't ask for a two-hour pilot for Bionic Woman rather than a one-hour pilot? I thought that both Journeyman and Bionic Woman left a lot unexplained in terms of development. We barely know much of Jaime's life before the auto crash. I would have wanted five or ten more minutes of the pre-bionic Jaime. Also maybe five or ten more minutes of when she is held in the secret lab. Plus, we don't know much about the other characters, like Jonas Bledsoe (Miguel Ferrer). Instead they have to premiere Deal or No Deal and Life. Couldn't they have waited a week to premiere Life? Answer: These days, I'm almost surprised when a network orders up a full pilot at all, let alone a two-hour treatment. As a cost-saving measure, some networks are moving toward buying projects (like CBS' anemic Moonlight) based on presentations rather than full pilots, figuring they can tweak, recast and refine along the way to the premiere. For NBC to invest in a two-hour movie ... read more

As thrilled as I am that NBC ...

Question: As thrilled as I am that NBC is giving the stellar Friday Night Lights another chance, I've become even more excited about the show's new time slot, Fridays at 9 pm/ET. I know many have bemoaned the fact that Friday is a TV graveyard where quality shows are sent to die, but unless I'm missing something here, this new slot could work in the show's favor for three very big reasons. First, there’s the aforementioned reputation Friday has as a low-viewership night. Thus, the expectations probably aren't as high as they were when the show was on Tuesdays. Second, instead of being asked to kick off a night, Lights will have a lead-in (Deal or No Deal) that generates a fairly sizable audience. Doesn't it stand to reason that at least some Deal viewers will stick around — and, hopefully, like what they see from Lights? Both shows, while different, are programs families can watch together. And third, every other show the networks have scheduled against Lights in that slot is a new ... read more

Deal or No Deal: Here's the Half-hour Deal

NBC Universal is telling potential buyers that the syndicated version of the red-hot Deal or No Deal will only be a half hour, and the top prize will be a "mere" $250,000 (as opposed to a full mil). Variety also reports that while Howie Mandel is continuing on as host, the bevy of suitcase-toting hotties will be narrowed down from 26 to an as-yet-undetermined number. The Banker has also been instructed to start talking faster. read more

NBC at TCA: Meet the New Guy

The Singing Bee's Joey Fatone with The Honey Bees by Trae Patton/NBC Photo

He dropped names as diverse as Norman Lear, Uri Geller, Isaiah Washington and Jerry Seinfeld. He teased an all-celebrity version of The Apprentice (with a half-joking promise to extend an invitation to Rosie O’Donnell). In describing his vision for NBC's immediate and long-term future, the network’s boyish new co-chair Ben Silverman showed his affinity for both packaging and programming TV in an enthusiastic debut performance in front of the nation’s TV critics on Monday morning.Though he took the stage alongside the relatively subdued co-chair Marc Graboff, whose expertise is on the business side, this was Silverman’s show all the way, and he wasted no time in announcing some surprising programming deals and a few aggressive scheduling changes, including turning Monday into an all-fantasy night and shifting Friday Night Lights an hour earlier on Fridays, so it’s now cozily hammocked between the strong franchises of a relocated Deal or No Deal and Las Vegas,... 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

What do you think of NBC's ...

Question: What do you think of NBC's adding a second night of Deal or No Deal? Do you think there is a chance they could overdo it and ruin a good thing, the way ABC did with Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Answer: Not being of the camp that considers Deal as much of a "good thing," as I once did Millionaire, I'd like to say I hope so. But honestly, given NBC's rather dire fortunes, I'm actually surprised the network is being as cautious as it is with this show. From the start, NBC and the show's producers have carefully weighed how often to air Deal to avoid the overexposure that killed Millionaire on ABC. That's why you're seeing a rotating "game night" of game shows other than Deal on Fridays in the fall. NBC has had great success with Deal on Mondays, but on both nights it's scheduled in the fall, it will be facing strong reality competition (Dancing with the Stars on Mondays and America's Next Top Model on Wednesdays). What we're really seeing is NBC trying to make the most of a ... read more

Jon Hein's NBC Upfront Thoughts

Monday has the potential to be NBC's biggest night. Deal or No Deal is a game-show juggernaut. Heroes will have a make or break sophomore season and Heroes: Origins better not be too gimmicky. Journeyman will try to carry the futuristic vibe of Heroes, but will fare about as well as Studio 60. — Jon HeinTo read more of the Jump the Shark creator's thoughts on the NBC fall lineup, click here. read more

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Premiered: December 19, 2005, on NBC
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