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Honeymooners Win Big on 'Let's Make a Deal' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 8th 2010 8:40PM
Honeymooners Win Big on 'Let's Make Deal'The thing about being married is that, as a couple, you need to have good communication and good decision-making skills. And those skills are displayed by Renee and Anthony -- a pair of newlyweds who are trying to win an awesome vacation on 'Let's Make a Deal' (weekdays, syndicated). Renee is 49 years old and is enjoying her first marriage. She and Anthony are also hoping to get enough money to go away on a honeymoon. Let's see if that works out for them.

Host Wayne Brady gives the pair a choice of either an ATM card ... or what's behind a big curtain. Ooh! Curtain! Curtain! Take what's behind the curtain!

... And that's what the couple does. It turns out that the ATM card only had $1,200 in the account; not really enough to pay for a vacation. Whereas behind the curtain is -- a free trip to the Caribbean! Good decision, Renee and Anthony! Now, just be sure to change out of your dorky 'Let's Make a Deal' costumes before going on your trip.

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Piñata Full of Cash on 'Let's Make a Deal' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 7th 2010 9:50PM
Piñata Full of Cash on 'Let's Make a Deal'Let's piñata! On 'Let's Make a Deal' (weekdays, syndicated) host Wayne Brady leads a contestant named Rose to a mini-game, where she gets to whack her way to cash using a baseball bat. Rose has her choice of piñatas one, two and three. She picks number one, and luckily for her... she chooses wisely.

The piñata turns out to contain $3,000, which is way better than anything we got at our birthday parties. We just got some lousy candy and cheap plastic toys in our piñatas. Not that we're jealous or anything. Oh well. Anyway, congrats to Rose!

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Wayne Brady Doesn't Want To Do 'Let's Make A Deal' Forever

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2010 6:02PM
Wayne BradyIt seems like only yesterday that Wayne Brady took over as host of the CBS game show 'Let's Make A Deal.' OK, maybe the day before yesterday, but still, he hasn't been host of the show long. Now he's talking about not staying with the show too much longer.

In an interview at Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith's site, Brady says he doesn't want to become the "king of the game shows," he wants to stick with acting and music. Brady also hosted 'Don't Forget The Lyrics!' on FOX.

That would be too bad. Brady is a fine game show host: personable, quick-witted, wants the contestants to win, and he has a great rapport with announcer Jonathan Mangum. But if Brady is going to leave the show in the next season or two, who could replace him? Some suggestions after the jump!

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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:


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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Subtle Subtitles: Curb Your Enthusiasm

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 16th 2009 2:26PM

If you haven't seen our game before, we give you a picture from a recent episode of a TV series and you provide the caption!

Last week's winner is Jesse with this: "I've won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize!"

This week's picture is from Curb Your Enthusiasm:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Subtle Subtitles: Let's Make A Deal

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 9th 2009 6:08PM

If you haven't seen our game before, we give you a picture from a recent episode of a TV series and you provide the caption!

Last week's winner is D with this: "Dave has sex, sends flowers and pays for college for his interns and all I got was a lousy pizza!"

This week's picture is from Let's Make A Deal:

Let's Make A Deal

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Let's Make A Deal: Series Premiere

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 5th 2009 11:54AM
Let's Make A Deal
So now we have a shiny new, 21st century edition of Let's Make A Deal. How does it stack up to the Monty Hall classic?

For the most part, the show hasn't changed a bit. Sure, some of the prizes are different now: satellite televisions and HDTVs. But there are still three doors and small boxes and big boxes and trading cash or prizes for what's behind or under those doors and boxes (and most of the prizes are the same: furniture and appliances and trips). We still have people dressed as cowboys and bananas and clowns and chefs so that hasn't changed.

But what about the hour-long format? The old show was 30 minutes. Does expanding it to an hour ruin things?

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