Deal or No Deal is coming back! After nearly 10 years off the air, Howie Mandel will return as the host of one of the few modern game shows to achieve “classic” status. The new incarnation will air on CNBC which the network believes is a perfect fit for their focus on business, money and entertainment. The network currently runs hybrid business and entertainment shows like The Profit and Shark Tank. “Those same elements live at the heart of Deal or No Deal, which is why we believe it to be a perfect fit,” said CNBC chairman Mark Hoffman in a statement on Tuesday.
The new Deal or No Deal will incorporate the high energy and risk reward components that made the initial run popular, and promises to add exciting new twists.
“Having been in this business for 40 years, I’ve been involved in every kind of production — live, variety, drama, film and animation,” said Mandel. “Nothing changed my life, career and perception of humanity more than one project, and that was Deal or No Deal. I am excited to re-embark on the most thrilling, life-changing show with the brilliant Scott St. John and our new partners at CNBC. For me, there was only one answer to that iconic question and I am proud to have said DEAL!”
No word on whether the current #TimesUp and #MeToo movements will alter the show’s format of showcasing 26 beautiful women holding sealed briefcases full of dollar amounts.
The original run of Deal or No Deal aired on NBC from 2005 to 2009. Since 2009 Mandel has been pretty busy as a judge on the mega hit series America’s Got Talent.