Articles for Deal or No Deal Season 2

Deal or No Deal‘s massive success is not something anyone could have predicted. Let‘s be honest here, the actual Deal or No Deal game is pretty darn stupid. There is no skill involved, unless you count “not being a moronâ€? as a skill. It‘s the equivalent of watching someone play roulette or blackjack; sure it‘s intriguing, but it‘s not intellectually stimulating. So, why is it so popular? One answer is that we are a nation of idiots and simple, mind-numbing shows are the ones best suited for the masses. However, I think that explanation is needlessly cynical. One of things that certainly contributes to the success of Deal or No Deal are the Deal or No Deal models. Yes, the models. They are beautiful and abundant. The way they slowly open those briefcases with their signature deft touch is truly awe inspiring. Frankly, the Deal or No Deal models make the show. Without them, what would you have? A lot of unopened briefcases, for one. My interest in the Deal or No Deal models led me to the NBC website, where each model is profiled with a mini, yet comprehensive biography. This is what I learned:Alike: One of her goals in life is to publish a reference book. It doesn‘t say if she plans on writing it, though. Also, is a fan of pancakes.Anya: Was born in Russia, is trained in the Chinese Martial Art of Wushu, and wants to star in action films. Aubrie: Plays the harp and has qualified for Mensa. Brooke: A cheerleading mercenary who has cheered for the San Diego Chargers, the L.A. Avengers, the L.A. Lakers, and the Miami Heat.Claudia: Has an obsession with “gory stuffâ€? and is an amateur rapper.Jenelle: Has a boyfriend. Booo.Jill: Finds skydiving boring, has lived in Taiwan, loves to twirl batons and “plays baseball better than most menâ€?.Katie: Former America‘s Next Top Model contestant, loves animals.Kelly: Can sing opera and is a master chef.Keltie: Has a fireman boyfriend (typical) and can burp her ABCs.Laura: Grew up in England, had a pet horse, and has an IQ of 158. Has appeared on the cover of Mensa Magazine.Leyla: Has acted in a bunch of movies and TV shows and is an entrepeneur, having once started her very own line of jeans.Lindsay: Hunts, fishes and shoots archery.Marisa: A survivor of a rare childhood cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Megan: Was, apparently, in my class at Loyola Marymount. You‘d think I would remember her.Meghan: A Scrabble fanatic.Pilar: Former Playboy model who has written two dating books and is trying to develop a cooking show.Sara: Has played a number of the Seven Dwarves for the Disneyland parade.Stacey: Has passed the Bar and is now a practicing attorney.To be honest, I wasn‘t expecting this from the model‘s biographies. I was hoping there‘d be some embarrassing unintentional comedy, but it‘s become clear that Deal or No Deal hires well-rounded girls to model for them. I‘m impressed. Hell, they have two members of Mensa wearing cocktail dresses and opening briefcases for a living. Find another show that can say that.-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer Read more »
Deal or No Deal is one of the surprise TV hits of the last two years. A British import, hosted by a comedian best known for blowing up surgical gloves and putting them on his head, Deal or No Deal did not seem destined to become a hit. In fact, I saw it (when it premiered) as an act of desperation on the part of NBC. They‘re schedule had been producing little of note when Deal or No Deal appeared, and the game show seemed like merely a cost-cutting stop gap to fill out the season schedule. However, Deal or No Deal tapped into one the most explosive aspects of our culture: gambling. Americans love to gamble. Las Vegas is our largest tourist destination. Scratch tickets, pull tabs, poker rooms, Indian casinos, the lottery, the stock market, sports betting, and eating fast food. Gambling is everywhere you look, in all forms, and we will never, ever get enough of it. Some would argue that Deal or No Deal is more indicative of inherent American greed, and their point would be solid. Greed and gambling, obviously, go hand in hand. But the key difference is that gambling can be perpetrated by those who are not greedy, just as some of the greediest people out there do not like to gamble.  Read more »
Lisa Gleave certainly lives up to the notion that "blondes have more fun". Featured in Maxim and FHM at least 5 times in 3 different continents over the last 5 years, this beautiful hottie easily surmounts the covers of magazines, calendars and catalogues. Endowed with a sizzling hot body, she becomes a great addition in the popular game show Deal or No Deal. Read more »
Who would think that this model with a drop dead gorgeous body is already a mom? Ursula Mayes certainly outshines most of her contemporaries as she graced the cover of Maxim magazine in December 2004 and became a spokes model for a global events company. Her Korean and German roots has done wonders for her uniquely attractive façade which landed her a spot in the popular show Deal or No Deal. Read more »
Since December of 2005, Howie Mandel has enjoyed a new burst of fame as host of NBC‘s hit game show Deal or No Deal. Before the show began, Mandel was mainly known for his hidden camera segments on The Tonight Show, his stand-up work where he often wore a surgical glove on his head, his failed talk show, and his role on St. Elsewhere in the eighties.But Mandel, now host of both the American and Canadian versions of Deal or No Deal, almost didn‘t take the job in the first place. He says when he was first presented with the offer, he didn‘t really understand the premise of the show."It doesn‘t make any sense on paper," says Mandel. Read more »
The mysterious Banker is never clearly seen onscreen, leading many to wonder just who he is. On The Banker‘s Blog on the NBC Deal or No Deal website, viewers can ask questions of the Banker, who supposedly answers them himself, often condescendingly.  Read more »
Apparently, there is more than one way to make money on Deal or No Deal.  Aside from being a contestant, you can literally trip over a fortune, or, at least, so one audience member seems to think.  An unidentified female audience member is suing Deal or No Deal producers after tripping on her way down to participate in an audience dance number.  According to the suit, the audience member was pressured by Deal or No Deal producers to ‘hurry up‘.  She blames her fall on poor lighting. Read more »
Deal or No Deal finishes up its casting tour this week with a stop in Detroit. The “Deal-on-Wheels” tour bus has been hitting cities all across America holding open calls for contestants on the hit NBC game show.During April auditions were held in San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and Nashville, and earlier this week in Indianapolis. This Saturday, May 5, the final stop on the tour will take place at Detroit’s Millennium Centre.  Read more »
This week Deal or No Deal celebrated its one hundredth episode. Three of the models spoke with TV Guide earlier this week about the amounts they hold in their cases, and whether they’d be able to handle the job of host of Deal or No Deal. Claudia, who holds case #1, said “I seem to almost always have a low amount — yet folks are afraid to choose me. Or maybe they like keeping me around? Yeah, I will go with that! It‘s good, because I love to fake out the contestant. Peek in the case, pretend it‘s bad news and then surprise them with the good news. I just love manipulating the contestants‘ emotions. It makes my job fun!”  Read more »
Deal or No Deal has been a bastion of hope in NBC‘s otherwise putrid stable of original programming. Beginning as a late season sensation last year, NBC now airs the Howie Mandel-hosted game show three times a week. This ratings quick-fix may work for now, but I hope NBC isn‘t (ahem) banking on Deal or No Deal as a long term prime time stalwart.  Read more »
Finally.After a month of holidays, egg nog, and more Snoopy and Ralphie Parker than one knows what to do with, we‘re finally back to normal. January is upon us, 2007 has begun its tyrannical, 300-plus day reign, and our favorite TV shows will no longer bludgeon us with repeats. Tomorrow, January 3rd, brings the return of a couple of our favorites, as well as two brand new shows.After that, the flood begins, and over the next month virtually every original program will air new episodes. A full list of the returning dates for most every show on television is after the jump. Read more »
Game shows have been around since the beginning of TV. Their popularity has never really waned; just look at the success of long-running franchises like Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, The Price is Right, and (one of my personal favorites) Supermarket Sweep. However, the prime-time network game show is an altogether different beast. The late 1990s saw an unprecedented boom in the prime-time game show, ushered in by the mega-hit Who Wants to be a Millionaire? That show was successful for a number of reasons. One, it was the largest prize that a game show has ever offered. Two, Regis Philbin, however you feel about him, is a warm presence and wonderful host, the perfect guide through an our of trivia and small talk. The success of Millionaire paved the way for programs like The Weakest Link and Greed, but ABC eventually overexposed Millionaire, leading to its doom, and the prime time game show laid dormant. That is, until late last season. Read more »

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