Owned by NBCUniversal, the business-centric network is planning to bring back the big money, briefcase-laden game show with Howie Mandel returning as host. According to CNBC, the game show will be recreated with the same high energy and enthusiasm as the original but with intriguing new twists. The latest incarnation of Deal or No Deal will be included in the network’s primetime lineup late 2018 and is produced by Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Scott St. John will serve as executive producers for Truly Original and Jim Ackerman and Christian Barcellos will serve as executive producers for CNBC.
Deal or No Deal debuted in the US in 2005 on NBC with a solo contestant selecting one of 26 cases with dollar values ranging from 1¢ to $1 million and eliminating the other cases one by one while “The Banker” attempts to buy back the case throughout the game. Aside for the million-dollar prize, Deal‘s other notable gimmick was using 26 models to display the briefcases, including former TPIR model Claudia Jordan and philanthropist/former actress Meghan Markle, who is currently engaged to Prince Harry. The show had a successful run in primetime from 2005-2009 and had a short-lived two-season stint in syndication from 2008-2010. During the primetime series, five contestants (Jessica Robinson, Tomorrow Rodriguez, Hugh M. Krochka, Jason Clark, Timothy Devil) have won the $1 million prize. Check out the first million-dollar winner, Jessica Robinson, in the clip below.