Deal or No Deal

2005, TV Show


Upfront Thoughts: NBC

Here's my quick take on the Fall 2007 primetime schedule that NBC announced earlier today....MONDAY8 pm Deal or No Deal9 pm Heroes10 pm JourneymanMonday has the potential to be NBC's biggest night. DOND 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 did.TUESDAY8 pm The Biggest Loser9 pm Chuck10 pm Law & Order: SVUHistorically, this is the night where NBC shows go to die. The Biggest Loser has a small but loyal following. Chuck will be this season's failed attempt at government geek gone good. SVU just rolls on.WEDNESDAY8 pm Deal or No Deal9 pm The Bionic Woman10 pm LifeHey, it's another non-scripted show at 8 o'clock for NBC! DOND on Mondays and Wednesdays will wear thin. The Battlestar Galactica team is involved with The Bionic Woman, so I'll give Jamie Sommers the benefit of the doubt. Life is this ... 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, said, "Deal! 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

Last week you mentioned that ...

Question: Last week you mentioned that NBC wanted to put cost-effective "alternative" programming in the 8 pm/ET slot, by which I presume you mean reality TV and game shows like Deal or No Deal. But doesn't the benefit of reality TV's low production cost get canceled out by the lack of syndication opportunity in the future? Sure, Heroes may be more expensive to produce than Deal or No Deal, but I'll bet that money is made back down the line when it comes time for syndication and DVD sales, which seems to be where the big money is these days. No one's going to watch a rerun of Deal or No Deal. But a daily syndication of Heroes and the Season 1 DVDs will probably make NBC some big cash. Doesn't that balance out the greater production cost? Answer: When you've got a hit, you're absolutely right. But as you may have noticed, NBC isn't exactly overstuffed with Heroes-size success stories. Few networks are. The economic reality is that NBC is in a bind — it needs to keep overall costs down ... read more

Critic's Notebook

Topic One: Dancing with the Stars. One long grin, that show is. I’d forgotten what a fun lark it can be, after the last few months of watching American Idol take itself way too seriously. Nothing’s really at stake on the Dancing show, except minor issues like dignity and rescuing B-list reputations from the celebrity coal bin. Early front-runners: Joey Fatone (especially if he keeps shedding the pounds as he dances) and Apolo Anton Ohno, the closest thing the show has to a hottie. (Possible miscalculation of keeping up his skating schedule when he should be perfecting his dance moves. He wasn’t nearly as electrifying as he needs to be.) And because a female is overdue a win on this show, let’s not count out Laila Ali, an interesting mix of athleticism, aggression and (when it matters) unexpected grace and charm.Charm really is the selling point of this ABC phenom. Even a klutz like Billy Ray Cyrus probably earned a few pity points for being a good sport. And I... read more

While I realize Are You ...

Question: While I realize Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is not award-worthy and may be intolerable for some people, it is refreshing to be able to watch a television program with our children without having to worry about its content. That is the reason our family has watched this show three nights in a row, and that is also why we watch other shows like Deal or No Deal. Yes, Jeopardy! and its contestants are more intelligent, and yes, these game shows do drag things out (sometimes to the point of absurdity) and could move faster. However, isn't this world fast enough? Does everything have to be at lightning speed? I enjoy getting to know the contestants, seeing their families and cheering them on. My children are able to participate as well because they can contribute answers and decide if the contestants should gamble or play it safe. We watch it for pure escapism and to get away from shows that are inappropriate for kids. Our children work hard during the school year and learn ... read more

I just finished watching Are ...

Question: I just finished watching Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? There's a half hour of my life that I will never get back! It's not that the premise of the show was all that bad, it's just that there were too many commercials. In fact, there were so many commercials that they only got through five questions in the entire half hour. The same thing drives me nuts with Deal or No Deal (a game that literally could be played in less than five minutes). Why don't networks realize that they are killing their own shows with all of these commercials? I understand that shows are getting costlier to produce and that networks have lost a lot of their audience to cable networks, but I thought game shows were traditionally cheaper to produce. So why all the commercials? Is it simply corporate greed? Answer: And this somehow surprises you? I agree. I find this new wave of prime-time game/quiz shows excruciating. Not because they're silly, which they mostly are (they're ultimately harmless). But ... read more

Support Supporting Characters

When it comes to supporting characters, a little bit really does go a long way. A quick scene here, a subtle look there... Suddenly, we can't get enough of them.Be careful what you wish for. When these quirky cast members become featured players, that's when it's time to worry.It all goes back to Happy Days (what doesn't?). Arthur Fonzarelli was a minor character when the show began. The creators realized what they had in The Fonz and he natureally became more prominent in the series which initially was, uh, cool.The next thing you knew, full story arcs revolved around The Fonz and a guy we couldn't get enough of became the guy you couldn't get rid of.That was then. Let's talk about now.30 Rock — Alec Baldwin deserved the supporting actor award for his performance, but every story line now seems to focus on Jack Donaghy. He's much more effective randomly popping in and out during an episode. The same goes for the geeky page Kenneth, and Tina Fey's cleavage.Heroes — Hiro i... read more

Crossing Jordan to Face the Music

Lest one of my readers think I am being less than productive with my day off:Effective March 4, NBC is moving the Wednesday edition of Deal or No Deal to Sundays at 9 pm/ET, pushing The Apprentice back an hour to 10 pm and giving the Peacock a night of all-unscripted content, Variety reports. The schedule shuffle finds Crossing Jordan airing Wednesdays at 9 — opposite American Idol and castaways-killer Criminal Minds — starting March 7, cementing the drama as a "longshot," insiders tell the trade, to return next season. read more

I was wondering if NBC was ...

Question: I was wondering if NBC was going to bring back Identity. I was a huge fan of the show. I know it was only supposed to run a week, but Deal or No Deal was also only supposed to run a week. Do you think we will see it again? Answer: Haven't heard anything. Maybe NBC will address the matter when it holds its TCA press sessions next Wednesday, Jan. 17. Identity didn't explode out of the gate the way Deal or No Deal did during its tryout run the year before, but given NBC's stated intention of filling the early hours of prime time with inexpensive reality and game franchises, the network might need it. Personally, I find all of this a very depressing development. I'm hardly a fan of Deal, but compared to the truly insipid Identity (I could barely last through a single episode of it, it was so mindless), Deal is a masterpiece ... read more

Sunday, Monday...Happy Days

Thanksgiving is upon us, which means it's time to update my nightly viewing schedule. I record plenty of stuff, but these are the shows that I try to watch live.MONDAYS:8 pm/ET Deal or No Deal (NBC)As a student of Jeopardy! and The Price is Right, every logical fiber of my being tells me I should be repulsed by this brainless show. Yet I cannot stop watching, and actually look forward to it. Well done, Howie and crew.9 pm/ET Heroes (NBC)The only thing I'm tired of hearing is "Save the Cheerleader, Save the World." Can't wait to see how Peter gets a scar on his face.10 pm/ET CSI: Miami (CBS)I'll take Caruso's emoting over Sorkin's pontificating. TUESDAYS:8 pm/ET Friday Night Lights (NBC)Dancing with the Stars is gone and Idol is coming. In the meantime, I'll watch some fake football.9 pm/ET House (FOX)Great acting, good stories, and plenty of crotchetiness. Easily the best show of the night.10 pm/ET Nip/Tuck (FX)Yeah, it jumped the shark with the Carver, but it's still interesting to... read more

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Premiered: December 19, 2005, on NBC
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Premise: Contestants compete for cash inside sealed briefcases in this game show.



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