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Can Primetime Game Shows Stop With the 'Millionaire' Look Already?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 15th 2010 4:23PM
Episode one of 'Minute to Win It'
I've been a game show fan for as long as I can remember. I can recall obscure games from the '70s like 'The Better Sex' and I revel in the classics, from 'Match Game' all the way up to 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire.' So I'll watch any new game show at least once.

All of this is how I explain to myself how I blew two hours watching the first two episodes of NBC's 'Minute to Win It' last night. It's a pretty straightforward game: complete ten physical games, win a million bucks. The games themselves use everyday household items, and variations of them could be found at carnivals, state fairs and church festivals around the country. In fact, there was a game show on for years called 'Beat the Clock' that had a very similar premise.

But 'Minute to Win It' was important. Why? Because of the dark, space-station set and swirling lights. Because of the female British voice that felt vaguely futuristic. In fact, the show felt a lot more like 'Millionaire' than a carnival game. And it was so not necessary.

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Conan Explores His Career Options on 'Deal or No Deal' Parody (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 13th 2010 9:15AM
Conan O'Brien explored his late-night career options during a 'Deal or No Deal' parody with Howie Mandel on last night's 'Tonight Show.'

O'Brien worked his way through a range of steel briefcases in a lightening round of the game show, revealing potential new careers as a "rare albino werewolf' in 'Twilight' and as an Animal Planet host eating bugs off Andy Richter's stomach.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Last night's Tonight Show felt like a series send-off

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 13th 2010 8:24AM
Even as a little kid, I remember watching the penultimate episode of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show as Robin Williams launched into an enthusiastic rant about the development of his newborn's genitals. In between battles for control of my ears from my Mom's protective hands, I remember Carson uttering as he tried to gain control of his lungs, "We're out of here tomorrow. What do I care?"

Last night's Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien carried the same air of "Who gives a f#*$&?", even if he'll still have an 11:30 show to do the following night.

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Howie Mandel is replacing David Hasselhoff on America's Got Talent - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 10th 2010 2:14PM
Howie MandelIn amongst the Jay Leno questions at the NBC executive session, Jeff Gaspin was also asked to confirm that David Hasselhoff was indeed leaving America's Got Talent. Gaspin confirmed this, and he also gave this bit of news: Howie Mandel will replace him as a judge. This news has been floating around for a day or so, so this is confirmation from the big cheese himself.

Mandel, of course, is best known nowadays for hosting Deal or No Deal. That show, according to Gaspin, will continue in syndication, but there are no plans to bring back the primetime version anytime soon.

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Howie Mandel improves The Tonight Show, er, The Jay Leno Show

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 11th 2009 5:29PM
If you're anything like me (first of all, God help you), then you've noticed that The Jay Leno Show is slowly starting to morph into the old Tonight Show.

Thankfully, Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel finally put the last nail in The Jay Leno Show's coffin by giving the big faced host his own desk.



[via The Hollywood Reporter]

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If you keep watching crap like I'm a Celebrity they'll just make more

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 3rd 2009 3:28PM
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of HereWe must really like our televisions to be filled with crap. After all, as a country we continue to support it with nice, big, juicy ratings. Take NBC's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here debuted with 6.4 million viewers, enough for number one on the night, beating out The Bachelorette. I didn't watch it, but our own Jackie contributed to that number. I got enough of Sanjaya on American Idol thank you very much. Plus, I saw Stephen Baldwin being interviewed for this on Late Night and right there I'd had enough of the whole show.

But not America, apparently. Maybe it was all the hoopla about Heidi and Spencer (The Hills) quitting after like 20 minutes because no one would rub their feet or whatever. Did those horrible promos featuring Sanjaya getting set upon by bees really make you want to watch? Was it the last addition of Frangelina? Mrs. Rod Blagojevich? Or is it the car wreck lookie-loo phenomenon?

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What's On Tonight: Basketball Playoffs, House, Greek, RAW, Medium

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2009 4:01PM
  • Golden GirlsTNT has Basketball Playoffs all night.
  • WE has a Golden Girls marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, then the season finale of Castle.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory, followed by new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • FOX has the season finale of House at 8, then a new 24..
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by a new, two-hour Medium.
  • The CW has new episodes of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.
  • ABC Family has a new Greek at 8.
  • PBS has a new Antiques Roadshow at 8, then a new American Experience.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Masters of Illusion at 8, followed by a new Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • History Channel has a new Ax Men at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new The Soup Presents.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Gossip Girl, Good Eats, In Treatment, Medium

by Bob Sassone, posted May 4th 2009 4:04PM
  • Hugh LaurieTNT has Basketball Playoffs all night.
  • Sci-Fi has a Star Trek: TNG marathon all night.
  • At 7, ESPN has the Red Sox/Yankees game.
  • Bravo has a new Inside The Actor's Studio (with Denis Leary) at 7.
  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Dancing with the Stars, followed by a new Castle.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has a new Deal or No Deal, followed by a new, two-hour Medium.
  • FOX has a new House at 8, then a new 24.
  • The CW has a new Gossip Girl at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • There's a new Antiques Roadshow on PBS at 8, followed by a new American Experience.
  • ABC Family has a new Greek at 8, then four new episodes of Roommates.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Masters of Illusion at 8, then a new Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Good Eats.
  • At 9, HBO has three new episodes of In Treatment.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • History Channel has a new Ax Men at 10.
  • A&E has a new Paranormal State at 10.
  • MTV has a new episode of The Hills at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Syndicated Deal or No Deal renewed and relocated

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 30th 2009 8:02PM
Deal or No DealMaybe my home town should offer tax incentives to the networks. It's working for Connecticut. Not only did NBC announce that the half-hour syndicated version of Deal or No Deal is returning for a second season with host Howie Mandel, but it will be relocating and filming in Connecticut.

I guess with a game show it doesn't matter where you film since it's the same set all the time, but are there as many incredibly gorgeous chicks in Connecticut as there are in California? Isn't Cali where they all go to see their dreams of being an actress reduced to standing on a stage next to a briefcase?

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Will you watch the Game Show Awards?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 17th 2009 1:16PM
GSNIf you go by all of the various stories in the media, it would seem that TV viewers just aren't into award shows anymore. The ratings are often down year to year, and if people are tuning in it seems to be more for the fashions, the red carpet, and maybe to see a particular category/performance by someone on the show.

So it's interesting that there are so many new genre award shows popping up. TV Land has had their own awards (The TV Land Awards) for a number of years now (the latest airs next week with Neil Patrick Harris hosting), and Bravo has The A-List Awards, whatever they are (it aired earlier this week). Now GSN is getting into the game (no pun intended) with The Game Show Awards, a show dedicated to giving awards to game shows, game show hosts, even game show sponsors!

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Howie does what exactly? - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jan 12th 2009 9:03AM
howie mandel howie do it deal or no deal nbcAs far as we can tell, here are the responsibilities for hosting Deal Or No Deal:

1. Repeat the painfully obvious rules of the game over and over and over.

2. Loudly announce the names of pretty ladies holding suitcases.

3. Pretend that a game requiring absolutely no skills whatsoever requires skills when choosing numbers in a logically devoid random order.

4. Convince fully-grown adults that you're not pretend-talking on the phone to a villainous, money-hungry banker.

5. Never ever touch the palm of another human being.

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What's On Tonight: Sugar Bowl, Batman, Lipstick Jungle, Crash

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 2nd 2009 4:06PM
  • Stargate AtlantisAt 8, NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal, then a new Lipstick Jungle.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Batman: The Brave and the Bold at 8.
  • At 8:15, FOX has the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Stargate Atlantis, then a new Sanctuary.
  • Hallmark has the movie A Kiss at Midnight at 9.
  • There's a new Clone Wars on Cartoon Network at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • TLC has Miss America: Countdown to the Crown at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Most Haunted USA at 10.
  • STARZ has a new Crash at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new episode of The Soup.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Orange Bowl, Iron Chef America, More Marathons

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 1st 2009 4:03PM
  • Howie MandelDiscovery has a Mythbusters marathon all night.
  • Sci-Fi's Twilight Zone marathon continues into the night.
  • Disney has a Wizards of Waverly Place marathon.
  • TV Land is showing The Cosby Show all night.
  • More marathons: G4 is showing Cops.
  • At 8, NBC has a new, two-hour Deal Or No Deal.
  • FOX has the FedEx Orange Bowl at 8.
  • PBS has a new Great Performances at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has King Kong, then Them!
  • At 9, Food Network has a new Iron Chef America.
  • HGTV has HGTV Dream Home 2009 at 9.
  • There's a new TNA Impact on Spike at 9.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Ron Howard, Deal Or No Deal, Monday Night RAW

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2008 4:10PM
  • Momma's BoysBravo has a Project Runway marathon all night.
  • Comedy Central has a South Park marathon all night.
  • There's a Deadliest Catch marathon on Discovery.
  • At 8, NBC has Greatest Holiday Moments: Hilarious Home Video Countdown, then new episodes of Deal Or No Deal and Momma's Boys.
  • ESPN has the Valero Alamo Bowl at 8.
  • TCM has Ron Howard: 50 Years in Film at 8.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • MTV has a new Bromance at 9.
  • A&E has a new Intervention at 9.
  • Hallmark has the movie A Grandpa For Christmas at 9, followed by the movie A Town Without Christmas.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's On Tonight: Deal Or No Deal, Christmas Movies, Benjamin Button

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 25th 2008 5:33PM
Bad Santa
  • HGTV has Christmas programming all night.
  • SoapNet has old Christmas episodes of General Hospital all night.
  • At 8, NBC has a new, two-hour Deal Or No Deal.
  • TNT has the Cavaliers/Wizards game at 8, followed by the Mavericks/Trailblazers game.
  • Comedy Central has Bad Santa at 8.
  • Alton Brown makes cookies on Good Eats at 8, on Food Network.
  • Nickelodeon has Christmas episodes of various shows starting at 8: iCarly, SpongeBob, Home Improvement, George Lopez, and more.
  • Also at 8: Disney has Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas.
  • TCM has Casablanca at 8, then The Big Sleep.
  • At 9, Hallmark has the movie Our First Christmas.
  • TLC has two Christmas episodes of Little People, Big World at 9.
  • Lifetime has the movie A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride at 9.
  • At 11, Lifetime has two Christmas episodes of Will & Grace.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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