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Wayne Brady Struck By Laughing Fit on 'Let's Make a Deal' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 4th 2011 12:30PM
Wayne Brady had a good laugh at his own expense Tuesday on 'Let's Make a Deal' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS). It all started when announcer Jonathan Mangum read an absurd fictional passage from Brady's "diary" that included a note about him "breaking a nail while jazzercising in the East Wing," and rubbing his fingers in Jamiroquai's porridge.

Brady doubled over in laughter listening to the bit as soft piano music played. "It's that jazzercise getting to you, isn't it," Mangum quipped. Brady took about 20 seconds to compose himself, and when he finally stopped laughing, couldn't really string a sentence together and blanked on what the clue was.

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Contestant Trades Vespa for a Car on 'Let's Make A Deal' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 7th 2011 5:15PM
Contestant wins a car on 'Let's Make A Deal'Whatever choice she made, Valorie was going to have a ride home Thursday on 'Let's Make A Deal' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS). She had her pick between $900 in cash plus a Vespa S-50 worth $3,469, or she could roll the dice on a curtain. She chose wisely and came out with a much better haul.

"Now, you have the opportunity to keep what you have or go with whatever's behind curtain number two," said host Wayne Brady. Valorie chose curtain number two, which turned out to be hiding a Toyota Yaris, worth $16,658, which can go 344 miles on one tank of gas.

Valorie, who was dressed for a pajama party, rushed the stage with her friends, prompting Brady to ask, "Is she old enough to drive?" At least with the Yaris, she won't need a helmet.

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Baseball Coach Loses the Big Deal on 'Let's Make A Deal' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 24th 2011 5:50PM
Christopher and Wayne Brady on 'Let's Make A Deal'Christopher made some good choices early Friday on 'Let's Make A Deal' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS). He passed on an envelope full of fake money and wound up with a motorcycle. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there on his way to the Big Deal.

Christopher, dressed at a baseball coach, gave up his motorcycle for a chance at the Big Deal. "Point toward the door that you know, that you know the Big Deal is behind," said host Wayne Brady. "The Big Deal that made you give up your motorcycle worth $7,090."

Christopher chose curtain number one, and while that wasn't bad, it wasn't the Big Deal. He won a modern office set-up, with a desktop computer with a touchscreen display, wireless printer, and a desk with a Herman Miller chair. The Big Deal turned out to be - what else? - a car (a Suzuki Crossover) and a trip (to Canada). If he's productive enough in his new office, Christopher might be able to afford those things on his own.

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Man in Popcorn Costume Beats Wayne Brady to Win Kia Rio on 'Let's Make A Deal' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 22nd 2011 6:35PM
Carl tries to fit into a Kia Rio on 'Let's Make A Deal'A contestant named Carl, dressed as what we think was a bag of popcorn, bested all comers, including host Wayne Brady, to win a Kia Rio Wednesday on 'Let's Make A Deal' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS). Playing a high card/low card game, Carl beat out a woman dressed as a sailor for a Honda scooter, but gave that up for a chance to win a car.

First, he would have to make it past Brady in that same high card/low card game. Carl got to pick for both of them, and chose what turned out to be a two for Brady, making it nearly impossible for him to lose. Carl drew a six.

"You know what Carl?" asked Brady, taking the makeshift box part of Carl's costume. "Throw this down, go get your car. Get out of here." Turns out Carl won't be able to take a victory lap in costume; it wouldn't fit in the Rio. Maybe next time, he'll get an SUV.

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Little Old Lady Wins a Trip to New Orleans and a Beetle on 'Let's Make a Deal' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 21st 2011 6:10PM
Rena and Wayne Brady on 'Let's Make A Deal'Rena may have looked like a sweet little old lady in her red hat and purple shirt, but she was shrewd contestant Tuesday on 'Let's Make a Deal' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS). She made it all the way to the Big Deal, where she made the choices to allow her to take home a trip to New Orleans and a Volkswagen Beetle.

First, host Wayne Brady offered $900 in cash to woo Rena away from her curtain. She wouldn't take it. Behind that curtain was a game room worth $6,581. Rena gave it up for a shot at a bigger prize and chose curtain number two.

She could have had any prize behind the curtain, but she made the right choice. Curtain three was a pair of motor scooters -- probably not Rena's speed. Curtain one was a new living room set -- nice, but not thrilling. The Big Deal was the car and the trip, worth $27,054. And the car matched her outfit nicely.

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Purple Fairy Wins Kia Soul on 'Let's Make A Deal' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 20th 2011 5:20PM
Wayne Brady and Chrissy the Purple Fairy on 'Let's Make A Deal' Fairies are a highly intelligent species, so it's not surprising that Chrissy the Purple Fairy was not confused by Wayne Brady's attempts to mislead her Monday on 'Let's Make A Deal' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS). Brady had a few street signs to help with his misdirection: one pointed to Curtain 1 and was labeled "worth at least $300," while the sign for Curtain 2 read "has four wheels."

Chrissy, who had a photo of Brady pinned to her chest, did not take the "four wheels," which turned out to be a giant chicken pulling a covered wagon. Something like that isn't much use to a Purple Fairy, who already has wings. She also wasn't fooled by the Big Box, and stuck with Curtain 1. The Big Box turned out to be three scarecrows.

The prize behind Curtain 1 turned out to have four wheels, also, but a much higher Blue Book value. It was a Kia Soul, which is apparently a style favored by Purple Fairies.

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CBS Replacing 'As the World Turns' With 'Pyramid'?

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 12th 2010 9:30AM
The Wayne Brady-hosted 'Let's Make a Deal' revival that replaced 'Guiding Light' has been a hit for CBS, and now, the network is cooking up another classic game show remake to replace another departing soap opera.

'As the World Turns' leaves the CBS daytime line-up in September after 54 years, and the network has ordered a pilot for a remake of 'Pyramid' as a possible replacement. 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' producer Michael Davies will produce the remake, based on the Dick Clark-hosted game show that first hit airwaves in 1973.

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Wayne Brady Slings Some Mud (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 6th 2010 3:05PM
Let's Make a DealWhen it comes down to it, Wayne Brady isn't afraid to sling a little mud.

The 'Let's Make a Deal' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) host took a contestant's zonk prize, a mud facial kit, and fittingly enough, got down and dirty with it.

Brady slapped some mud on his own face and went on to torture 'Deal' announcer Jonathan Mangum. Is it just us or does Mangum seem to be really afraid of mud?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Model Gets in Dance-Off on 'Let's Make a Deal' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 30th 2010 2:20PM
Model Gets in Dance-Off on 'Let's Make a Deal'The final minutes of the game show 'Let's Make a Deal' (weekdays, 10AM ET on CBS) are officially "wacky time," where anything can happen. On the latest episode, host Wayne Brady starts a sudden "dance-off " between model Tiffany Coyne and a contestant named "Star."

Who will win? Coyne seems to have more dancing experience, but she's wearing a tight dress and high heels! Star, on the other hand, is more sensibly (if bizarrely) attired in flat shoes and... pajamas. Advantage: no one. Let the dance-off begin!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Is Game Show Hostdom Dead?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 3:10PM
Game show hosts Drew Carey, Wayne Brady and Guy Fieri
Game shows used to flood the dial of my TV back in the 1980s and '90s. And that was when my TV could only pick up eight channels, three depending on the weather.

Back then, almost everything from daytime fare to the occasional prime time bit of airtime starred game show hosts. Their purpose on television was solely to wear smart suits, make sure their teeth reached the optimum level of whiteness and keep the game moving but entertaining.

Now that game shows are making a slow but steady return to television, it seems the traditional role of "host" has turned away from the traditional "game" emcee like Chuck Woolery, Wink Martindale, Bob Barker and Art Fleming and more towards lively hosting personalities from other walks of entertainment life like Drew Carey, Wayne Brady, Howie Mandel and Guy Fieri. Does this mean that the role of the traditional TV game show has gone to that great big "Curtain No. 2" in the sky?

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'Let's Make a Deal' Stars Perform Freestyle Rap (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 5th 2010 4:00PM
Announcer Jonathan Mangum performs a freestyle rap while host Wayne Brady acts as human beatbox and provides backing scratch noises on 'Let's Make a Deal' (weekdays, 10AM ET on CBS).

Mangum and Brady lay down an impromptu rap inspired by a contestant wearing a tuxedo, crown and sash that reads "Prom King." But despite their best efforts, the rhyme is, unfortunately, busted.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Wayne Brady's Assistant Goes Wild Smashing a Pinata on 'Let's Make a Deal' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Feb 18th 2010 8:02PM
File this under "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."

After a contestant on 'Let's Make a Deal' (weekdays, 10AM ET on CBS) passed up curtain No. 1 and missed out on winning a Zonk! pinata, Wayne Brady's assistant went wild smashing it to pieces.

"Hit it Jonathan," Brady said. "Hit that Zonk!. Show that Zonk! who's boss." But Jonathan wouldn't stop beating the pinata, and Brady had to intervene. He embraced the upset assistant: "Are you alright?"

"It's part of the job," folks," Brady said. But wait -- there's more.

Watch the video after the jump.

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CBS exec: NBC's Leno experiment didn't work - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 10th 2010 10:39AM
Nina Tassler at the Winter 2010 TCA CBS exec sessionIt was a long, long, lonnnng first official TCA day yesterday, with CBS, Showtime, and the CW trotting out their newest and finest in front of the critics, followed by the epic Survivor anniversary party Bob mentioned the other day. I'll spill out some highlights later on. But I wanted to quickly start with CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler's very confident executive session.

Why was she so confident? Shows that are often winning their time periods helps. But she also seems to be in a "told ya so" mood about NBC and its Leno / Conan mess. In her opening remarks, for instance, she mentioned how good the freshman slate of shows was doing on every network... except NBC. During the Q&A, she said that the other networks "fared very well during this experimental phase for NBC."

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10 Greatest Game Show Hosts in History

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 23rd 2009 10:00AM
Hosting a game show is something of an art. You've got to be amiable but authoritative, and you've got to make it look easy. You've got to look happy when a contestant walks away with thousands of dollars (or even millions, at this point) and you've got to look contrite when a contestant loses -- especially if due to a bad answer. You've got to project warmth, seem approachable and always appear ready for fun, even when enforcing the rules.

Since the first quiz shows of the late 1940s, through the infamous scandals of the 1950s, up until the present day of huge cash prizes, game-show hosting has been an amazing long-term gig for the people -- almost always men -- who get the job. Who, then, are the 10 greatest game-show hosts in history? Check out our after the jump.

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Best and Worst TV of 2009: Joel's list

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 19th 2009 2:04PM
Breaking Bad
I don't think I did one of these lists last year, and I have no idea why. The election all by itself would have generated a pretty fun best/worst list. Maybe we were all suffering from information overload, and were just exhausted. Not sure.

But 2009 had a lot of interesting TV, too, just not all in one category. As I've done in the past, I'll dispense with the usual "best show" and "worst show" lists and just make up categories:

GOODNESS

Best comeback from a shaky first season: Parks and Recreation. As I mentioned in my "return of the sitcom" story, Parks and Rec has made the biggest improvement from first season to second since... well, since The Office. It's no coincidence; Greg Daniels and Mike Schur's Office experience taught them that patience would be rewarded, both on the part of the writers and the viewers.

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