‘DEAL OR NO DEAL’ RETURNS WITH ALL NEW EPISODES BEGINNING MAY 4 FEATURING THE ‘BEAT THE BANKER’ GAME WHERE AT HOME VIEWERS CAN PLAY ALONG FOR A CHANCE TO WIN $10,000
New Episodes Feature a Chimpanzee That Plays Against a Contestant, a Musician With an Odd Fear of Styrofoam, an Aspiring Bar Owner and the Banker’s Tribute to the Many Former Contestants From New York
Universal City, California – April 15, 2009 – NBC’s popular game show “Deal or No Deal,” hosted by Howie Mandel, will return with all new episodes starting Monday, May 4. The new episodes will air on May 4 and 11 (8-9 p.m. ET) and two back-to-back episodes are set to air on May 18 (8-10 p.m. ET). Each episode will feature the “Beat the Banker” game where viewers at home can watch and play for a chance to win $10,000.
On May 4, Denise Kinard, a single mom from Bronx, New York (or as she says, “BX!”) hopes to win enough money to open up her own pre-school. But, the banker is sure she will go home with nothing and sends her a message that pays homage to former New York contestants who left with very little money.
The May 11 episode is full of fun and a friend of the banker — a chimpanzee! Kim Jones, who hails from a tiny town in the South, is determined to win a lot of money to help start her own business. Will her southern charm sweet talk the banker? Next, Thomas Fritze, a 25-year-old third generation teacher, is convinced his math knowledge will help him win enough money so he can finally move out of his parents’ house. The banker is not convinced and brings a chimpanzee on the show to prove that it can make a better deal than Fritze.
On May 18, two back-to-back episodes will include an aspiring bar owner and a musician with a strange phobia. Goretty Medeiros is followed everywhere by a black cloud — and she is sure that it’s with her on the “Deal Or No Deal” stage. She predicts that she will only take home $10,000 but is going for the gold regardless in the hopes of opening her own bar. David Lee is a traveling musician who wants to win enough money to replace the van he tours in and to help his musician parents out as well. But, with a strange fear of styrofoam, Lee is hoping to brave the challenges the banker puts in front of him.
Hosted by Howie Mandel, “Deal or No Deal” is an international hit game show from Endemol USA. Contestants on the show play for a top prize of $1 million in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw intuition. Each night, the game of odds and chance unfolds when a contestant faces 26 sealed briefcases containing anything from a measly penny to $1 million. Without knowing the amount in each briefcase, the contestant picks one — his to keep, if he chooses, until its unsealing at game’s end. The game kicks into high gear when the amount of cash in each case is revealed to the contestant round-by-round – and is tempted after each round by a mysterious entity known only as “the Banker” to accept an offer of cash in exchange for what is contained in the contestant’s chosen briefcase — prompting Mandel to ask the all-important question — “Deal or No Deal”?
Based on the successful format from Endemol that has aired in over 50 countries, “Deal or No Deal” is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. The series is executive-produced by Scott St. John. David Goldberg is Chairman of Endemol North America.
Source: NBC Press Release