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CBS makes a deal for Let's Make a Deal with Wayne Brady

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 3rd 2009 11:27AM
Wayne Brady will host the new Let's Make a DealGame show fanatics will be pleased to learn that network game shows are returning to daytime television. Finally, people who take actual sick days will have something else to look forward to other than another mind-bending dose of NyQuil.

CBS has confirmed they are replacing the outgoing Guiding Light with a remake of the classic Let's Make a Deal.

The ex-Tiffany network has already shot a test pilot of the updated show with smiling crooner Wayne Brady in the host's chair. Brady hasn't officially won the job, but he's the front-running favorite. CBS executives are expected to make Brady's deal official later today at the Television Critics Association hoedown, unless, of course, he chooses to go for what's behind Door Number Two. Don't do it Wayne! It's just a lifetime supply of goat feed!

But what about the show's original host and all-around television legend Monty Hall? Has he been zonked out of the picture by the network that dangled an audition in front of him? Not at all. He's not only given his blessing for the new show, but he's also on board as a producer and consultant. He also hasn't ruled out the opportunity of doing a few surprise guest appearances.

You're witnessing a trend in the making, folks. If Brady brings in some big numbers, you can also expect comedians to fill those host chairs instead of professional game show hosts or emcees. And Drew Carey didn't start the fire. Blame that on Groucho Marx and his hilarious work on the original You Bet Your Life.

Plus, game shows are very cheap for the networks to produce, and with daytime soap operas getting less viewers, it's a hard deal not to take. In fact, the network is also considering more remakes of The $25,000 Pyramid and The Dating Game. It looks like The Bold and the Beautiful is about to become The Old and the Unemployable. Where else can they get a job that considers "able to cry on cue" as a positive special skill, other than the Glenn Beck Program?

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I am sad and mad GL is ending. I will now spend my time watching Fox. I hope the cast all find jobs with Fox.

September 11 2009 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's hard to say where all of this will lead. I'm glad to see game shows coming back. And, I would really like to say, I think Meredith Viera is one of the best game show hosts ever--she's good with the guests and well as with her hosting duties and she makes is seem easy and fun. My all time favorite host was Peter Marshall from Hollywood Sqares--he had to control a wild group of stars and he still kept the show on track.

August 03 2009 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BLAH !!!

I was hoping for a redo of pyramid, crosswits, card sharks or press your luck -I miss those whammies.

August 03 2009 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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@owloo - a Pyramid redux is coming - I read elsewhere that CBS has shot a pilot for "Million Dollar Pyramid", although whether that's meant for daytime or primetime (or if it'll hit air at all) is yet to be determined.

Regarding the entertainers-as-host issue...to say that Groucho is responsible for starting the trend is somewhat misguided - "YBYL" wasn't so much a game show as it was for Groucho to appear on radio (later, TV) and crack wise on Joe and Jane Average for 30 minutes at a time. The game was secondary to Groucho's wit. That's why the Bill Cosby revival didn't work - Cosby is sharp, but not as acid-tongued as Groucho.

With the deaths of men like Burt Convey, Bill Cullen, and Gene Rayburn, and the retirement of Bob Barker & Monty Hall, there are few 'true' game show hosts left - most notably Sajak and Trebek, who are both very comfortably employed. It stands to reason that the next generation of game show hosts will come from light entertainment, because that genre allows the potential host to develop the skills required to be a successful host.

August 03 2009 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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