Deal or No Deal (U.S. game show)


Deal or No Deal (U.S. game show)
Deal or No Deal
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Created by Dick de Rijk
Presented by Howie Mandel
Starring The Models
The Banker
Narrated by Joe Cipriano
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 197
Production
Executive producer(s) Scott St. John
Endemol
Running time 44 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run December 19, 2005 (2005-12-19) – May 18, 2009 (2009-05-18)
Chronology
Related shows Deal or No Deal (syndicated)
External links
Website

Deal or No Deal is the American version of the international game show of Dutch origin of the same name. The show was hosted by Howie Mandel, and premiered on December 19, 2005, on National Broadcasting Company (NBC). The hour-long show typically aired at least twice a week during its run, and included special extended or theme episodes. The show started its fourth season on August 25, 2008, after NBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A daily syndicated half-hour version of the show debuted on September 8, 2008 and continued for two seasons.

The game was primarily unchanged from the international format where a contestant chooses one briefcase from a selection of 26. Each briefcase contained a cash value from US$.01 to $1,000,000. Over the course of the game, the contestant eliminated the other cases, periodically being presented with a "deal" from The Banker to take a cash amount to quit the game. Should the contestant refuse every deal, they won the value of the case selected at the start. Special variations of the game, including a "Million Dollar Mission" introduced in the third season, were also used, as well as a tie-in with a viewer "Lucky Case Game".

The show was a success for NBC, typically averaging from 10-16 million viewers each episode in the first season, although the subsequent seasons only averaged about 5-9 million viewers each episode. It led to the creation of tie-in board, card, and video games, as well as a syndicated series played for smaller dollar amounts.

The show went on hiatus in early 2009, and its Friday night timeslot was replaced with Mandel's other series Howie Do It.[1] It was announced on the show's official site that Deal or No Deal would return with new episodes on Monday, May 4. These remaining four were taped from April to May 2009, and aired on three consecutive Mondays, May 4, May 11, and the final two on May 18.

Reruns of Deal or No Deal from all four seasons are now on GSN.[2]

Contents

Format

Deal or No Deal is played by one contestant at a time. Prior to each game, 26 cash amounts ranging from 1 cent to 1 million dollars printed on rectangular boards (though occasionally boards with larger amounts may be used) are each randomly placed inside one of 26 briefcases. Each briefcase displays a number on the outside of the case from 1 to 26. Once the show begins, Howie Mandel announces "Ladies, please", and 26 female models, each carrying one briefcase, make their way onto the steps of the multi-tiered stage. The contestant then selects one briefcase to be placed on the contestant's podium.

Through a series of rounds, the contestant is asked to select a number of the other cases still in play; each case is opened and the cash value inside the case is revealed before it is taken out of play. A large electronic board displaying two columns of cash amounts (13 cash amounts per column) is used to track which dollar amounts still remain in play. After completing the selection of cases for that round, the Banker, a silhouette figure lit only dimly from behind in an enclosed glass booth overlooking the stage, will phone down to the host's wireless phone on the podium. The Banker and host will converse (the Banker's voice is never heard) and the host will then inform the player of the Banker's "deal": a cash offer, the amount of which depends on the values of the cases remaining in play, in exchange for leaving the game. (Although the Banker will talk to the host (and occasionally the contestant) via phone, and is said to calculate the offers, the producers actually do the calculations.)

The host opens a clear Plexiglas flip-top box on the contestant's podium exposing a large flashing-red electronic button; if the player accepts the deal, he or she presses the button to end the game and win the amount of the deal, otherwise, the player declares "No deal!" and either the player or the host closes the flip-top box, requiring the player to continue into the next round.

Each round progressively removes fewer cases from the game; the first round begins with six cases to be removed, the second round with five, diminishing subsequently until the final rounds requiring the removal of one case at a time. In early rounds, the Banker's offers typically represent a small percentage of the average value of all the remaining cases. From round to round, that percentage generally increases, sometimes exceeding 100% toward the end of the game. Should the player refuse the final Banker's offer, with the selected case and one other case left in play, the player is given the opportunity to swap cases, values unseen, and win whatever case they end up keeping at that point. This offer, and its mention when delivering the final offer, is often unaired on television; only three contestants have ever swapped cases, and none in active play. All of them would swap for one of the two highest amounts.

If the player takes one of the first eight offers, the host usually encourages the player to play through to the end to see what would have happened, unless time runs short, when the remaining cases are opened all at once. If the game is still in progress when airtime ends, the game carries over, though this was a much rarer occurrence in the second half of the show's run. During the first two seasons, there were even two instances of the revealing of a selected case carried over to the next episode.

After the second round, family and friends of the contestant are usually introduced and are allowed to contribute advice and encouragement to the contestant, including which case to pick next and whether to accept a deal or not. Often, special guest stars are present in the audience, typically related to the contestant's interests or background; for example, Celine Dion appeared and supported a player who was a big fan, while another show featured Big Bird of the children's television show Sesame Street assisting a player who had a childhood fear of the character. Perhaps the most noteworthy special guest, however, was when Bobby Generic (Howie's animated alter-ego) made an appearance for a contestant who requested he make an appearance.

A show typically only features the play of one contestant, but on occasion, contestants who do not finish their game continue into the next show. The rollover format, also known as "straddling" was more prominent early in the series' run. Several shows have been themed based on the contestant's background, a holiday, or other situation; for example, all the cases were replaced by trash cans when the contestant was a garbage man, and one episode was considered "Ladies' Night", as the regular models were replaced with male firefighters from the Los Angeles and San Diego Fire Departments. In some cases, the Banker will add to the offer a "special" prize, including both valuable prizes such as vehicles or "dream packages" customized for the contestant as well as gag gifts such as a supply of cotton swabs or donuts and may require an additional stipulation for the deal; in one instance, an additional cash prize was attached to the deal if the contestant would cut off his beard (which he ultimately accepted). There were some college spring break episodes that aired during the series.

Sometimes, amounts on the board may be substituted with other prizes such as a Ford F-250 truck in place of the $50,000 amount on the January 14, 2008 episode (although Australia's version does have a car as a regular board prize).

Payout structure

On Deal or No Deal, the values hidden in the suitcases typically range from $0.01 to $1,000,000:

Left Side Right Side
$0.01 $1,000
$1 $5,000
$5 $10,000
$10 $25,000
$25 $50,000
$50 $75,000
$75 $100,000
$100 $200,000
$200 $300,000
$300 $400,000
$400 $500,000
$500 $750,000
$750 $1,000,000

Game formats

Format Manufacturer / Developer
Arcade Game[3] Innovative Concepts in Entertainment, Inc. (ICE)
Board Game[4] Pressman Toy Corporation
Card Game[5] Cardinal Games
DVD Game[6] Imagination Games
Game Boy Advance[7] DSI Games
Handheld Electronic Game[8] i-Toys
Nintendo DS[9] DSI Games
PC Game[10] Cat Daddy Games
PC Game[11] Cat Daddy Games
Plug & Play TV Game[12] Jakks Pacific
Tabletop Electronic Game[8] i-Toys
Talking Pass'n Play Game[8] i-Toys
Video Slot Machine[13] Atronic

Scratch-off lottery tickets

At least twenty-nine states have or had some kind of Deal or No Deal scratch-off ticket (with the top prize determined by each lottery) to the grand prize winner. Non-winning tickets may be used to enter a sweepstakes for a variety of prizes, including a chance to be on the game show. These states include Arizona,[14] Colorado,[15] Connecticut,[16] Delaware,[17] Idaho,[18] Illinois,[19] Indiana,[20] Iowa,[21] Kansas,[22] Maine,[23] Maryland,[24] Michigan,[25] Minnesota,[26] Missouri,[27] New Jersey,[28] New Mexico,[29] New York,[30] Ohio,[31] Oregon,[32] Pennsylvania,[33] Rhode Island,[34] South Carolina,[35] South Dakota,[36] Tennessee,[37] Texas,[38] Vermont,[39] Virginia,[40] Washington,[41] West Virginia[42] and Wisconsin.[43]

Scheduling and ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Deal or No Deal on NBC.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. All times mentioned are in the Eastern and Pacific time zones.

Season One (2005–2006)

TV Season Timeslot Rank[44] Viewers
(in millions)[44]
2005–2006 Monday 8:00 p.m. #13 15.8
Wednesday 8:00 p.m. #21 14.4
Friday 8:00 p.m. #32 11.6

Early ratings for the show were extremely encouraging. According to Zap2it, "all five shows [during the week beginning December 19, 2005 and ending December 25, 2005] finished in the top 15 among total viewers, peaking with 14.1 million people watching the Wednesday, December 21, 2005 installment. For the week, Deal or No Deal averaged about 12.7 million viewers and a solid 4.3 rating in the adults 18-49."[45]

The show appeared again on NBC each night February 27, 2006 through March 3, 2006 at 8:00 PM ET/PT with the top prize (and some of the higher-valued cases other than the top prize) escalating until the prize reached $3 million (and the lowest-valued case going up to $.03). As of 3/6/06, the show settled into regular time slots at 8:00 PM Mondays and Fridays, with the top prize returning to its original $1 million. Wednesday episodes were added at 8:00 PM due to the show's consistent ratings success. In something of a ratings coup, the 4/3/06 episode of the show, a two-hour special, out performed the NCAA basketball tournament final in a head-to-head competition. During both of the two-hour shows, the second hour scored even higher ratings than the first.

Since it became a regular series, Deal or No Deal consistently placed within the 20 most popular programs on television, at times attaining the top 10. The 6/5/06 two-hour season finale, which featured Celine Dion via satellite, marked a series-high rating for the program, bringing in over 18 million viewers and a strong 5.5 share in the 18-49 demographic. The episode was easily the highest-rated show on any network for the week of 6/5/06 through 6/11/06, outdistancing the number-two show, a repeat episode of CSI, by almost six million viewers. The finale experienced similar success in Canada, with 1.5 million viewers tuning in.[46][47] (However, CSI and virtually all other fall TV series had completed their seasons two weeks earlier and were either in reruns or pre-empted by this point.)

Season Two (2006–2007)

TV Season Timeslot Rank[48] Viewers
(in millions)[48]
2006–2007 Monday 8:00 p.m. #14 14.9
Friday 8:00 p.m. #33 11.4
Wed/Thu/Sun 8:00 p.m. #41 10.3

The show returned with new episodes in September 2006, airing on Mondays and Fridays at 8:00 pm and Thursdays at 9:00 pm—the latter time slot being perhaps the most competitive in U.S. television, as Deal or No Deal faced a pair of big hit series in the CBS program, CSI, and ABC program, Grey's Anatomy.

Deal's Thursday time slot had initially been intended for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip when NBC announced its fall schedule. However, the need to protect the new series against stiff ratings competition caused repercussions throughout the network's primetime grid, including a move on May 25[49] of Deal from its announced Friday time slot to Thursdays. The drama Crossing Jordan, which had been planned for a mid-season run, was to be brought into the Friday lineup in what would have been Deal 's second weekly time slot. However, after Deal or No Deal completed airing special episodes in that time slot to success, NBC moved Crossing Jordan back to midseason and used Deal on Fridays as well to help launch a sister series, 1 vs. 100.

The show premiered with a two-hour edition on September 18, 2006, and one-hour episodes that each aired on September 19, 2006, September 21, 2006 and September 22, 2006. The show used a $21 million prize pot over the first week to kick off Season Two of the game, coupled with the at-home Lucky Case Game for $1 million. During the season premiere week in 2006, the main game had maximum amounts start at $1 million, and increased $1 million for each game, up to $6 million.[50] The top prize case was only chosen once by contestant Matty Sollena on the season premiere. He took the deal for $675,000, but had $3,000,000 in his case.

According to final Nielsen ratings for the week of September 18, 2006 to September 24, 2006, the second-season premiere episode of Deal or No Deal on Monday, September 18, 2006 with Matty Sollena was the 11th most-watched network prime time show in total audience and NBC's most-watched program in total audience. The Friday episode of the show also did well in the ratings and won its time slot against the other networks. The Tuesday and Thursday episodes suffered from tough competition: Dancing with the Stars, Grey's Anatomy and CSI.[51]

The success of Deal or No Deal was a factor in NBC's decision to program another Endemol game, 1 vs. 100, which premiered on October 13, 2006 and assumed Deal's Friday night time slot on October 27, 2006. Meanwhile, NBC announced the Thursday episodes would end with the 11/8/06 episode, to be replaced by sitcoms Scrubs and 30 Rock. Through all these changes, the Monday night edition of Deal continued to win its timeslot by a large margin. On Monday, October 30, 2006, for instance, Deal won its time slot with a 10.3 household rating and 16 percent share, easily outdistancing second-place Prison Break at 5.6/8. During the November sweeps period, the ratings for Deal or No Deal on Thursday grew slightly despite heavy competition in the timeslot. NBC moved the second weekly episode of Deal or No Deal to Wednesday at 9 p.m. as of January 2007, and also added a few episodes at 7:00 p.m. Sundays in hopes of giving a boost to its new post-football lineup. NBC announced on February 16, 2007 that the second airing would move from Wednesdays to Sundays at 9 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) starting 3/4/07.

In March, the Monday Deal fell to second place in the time slot, behind the debuting fourth edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, the first edition of that show to include a Monday episode.

Season Three (2007–2008)

Following a season-premiere episode on Monday, Deal vacated its stable Monday night home in a last-second decision by NBC to give the timeslot to a drama series, Chuck, for which it had high hopes. Deal moved to a Wednesday/Friday schedule, pushing 1 vs. 100 to midseason. Both airings tended to win their timeslot in total viewers, with the Friday edition also winning in Adults 18-49 and the Wednesday edition placing second in that demographic behind ABC's Pushing Daisies. NBC replaced the Wednesday airings for five weeks with a short-run reality series, Phenomenon, starting in late October. The new series' initial ratings were lower than what Deal was delivering.

Due to the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, Deal's Friday edition moved back to Monday in January 2008, temporarily replacing Chuck. The Friday time slot was filled by the returning 1 vs.100 for seven episodes.

Season Four (2008–2009)

The fourth season began on August 25, 2008 with host Mandel stating prior to the season premiere that there would be at least one millionaire. The beginning of the fourth season also marked the return of an audience competition – the new "Beat the Banker" game brought back the interactivity from past seasons, with home viewers being able to win $10,000 per show.[52]

The first contestant to win $1,000,000 was Jessica Robinson who appeared on the September 1, 2008 episode. Robinson appeared during the Million-Dollar Mission, and in her game had five cases containing the $1,000,000 prize. Robinson turned down a final bank offer of $561,000, keeping her case—number 4—and won $1,000,000.

After Robinson won, the "Million-Dollar Mission" restarted with two $1,000,000 cases on the board, and played until the second $1,000,000 prize was awarded to Tomorrow Rodriguez on October 29, 2008 with nine $1,000,000 cases on the board. Her highest offer was $677,000, with three of the four cases still in play at the time holding $1,000,000. By eliminating the $300 case, which was in case number 15, she automatically won the top prize with fewer than nine offers having been made.

Deal or No Deal aired its 200th-episode celebration on November 3 with a series of four speed-round games with four different contestants; however, NBC aired this episode out of order, and in reality only 186 episodes had aired at this point.[53]

Six contestants between November 7 and December 29 had a chance to play for $2,000,000. Unlike "Double Deal" episodes, only the $750,000 and $1,000,000 were changed (to $1,000,000 and $2,000,000) instead of doubling the contents of all 26 cases. Only one contestant, Ashley Otte, would choose this higher top prize; she sold her tray (as for Thanksgiving Day, the cases were changed to trays) for $260,000, and her final hypothetical offer was $1,100,000.

The last game in this run (January 2) contained a carryover contestant, Diane Jorgenson. After four months, Season Four continued on May 4 with the remainder of the game, taped separately from the first half. The reason why this episode was not chosen to finish the previous run is unknown.

The 273rd and final contestant for Season Four, aired as part of the 2-hour "de facto" series finale on May 18, 2009, eliminated all of the values on the right side of the board in 18 picks and received no offers higher than $22,000. With $300 as the highest prize remaining, she sold her $5 case for $100. Towards the end of the series finale, the Banker truly reveals himself as none other than Peter Abbey, who has been the Banker for four seasons.

Cable

NBC's sister business network, CNBC (Consumer News and Business Channel), aired episodes of the premiere week of Deal or No Deal starting on December 26, 2005, scoring above-average ratings for the network. The show has been blacked out in Canada on that station due to programming rights issues in that country, and Canadian viewers were shown CNBC World programming instead. The show began to rerun again on CNBC during the week of February 6, 2006 until June 9. CNBC also programmed the second week-long series of the show, but the sequence started two shows behind the airings on NBC.

For Season Two, following a marathon of its premiere week, CNBC announced that Deal or No Deal re-airings would be back on Saturday nights starting October 14, 2006 at 8:00 PM, 11:00 PM, and 3:00 AM (all Eastern). In addition, reruns aired on CNBC every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00 PM, 11:00 PM, and 1:00 AM. Currently, episodes air Tuesday and Thursday nights at 9:00 PM and Saturday nights at 8:00 and 11:00 PM. The reruns are not necessarily repeats of the most-recent episodes—many of these episodes are selected at random, and may have been previously seen several months after its initial broadcast.

In Canada, TVtropolis also airs the series, starting with the February 2006 premiere week of episodes. The five-episode run of Canadian shows were also aired on TVtropolis in August 2007.

Starting June 1, 2009, Game Show Network (GSN) started airing reruns of the show in production order.[2] Despite their original contract only including the first three seasons, the fourth season began airing on April 16, 2010. The show currently airs Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 PM, weeknights at 11:00 PM, weekdays at 1:00, and weekends from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Production notes

The original pilot was produced for ABC in early 2004 with Irish TV personality Patrick Kielty as host and a $2.5 million top prize. It was announced that the show would premiere in March 2004, but ABC decided against airing the series.

Season One was taped at Sunset-Gower Studios in Los Angeles; however, early episodes were taped at CBS Television City in Hollywood. Seasons two through four were taped at The Culver Studios. The second syndicated season was taped at the Sonalysts Studio in Waterford, Connecticut.

Daily version

A daily half-hour syndicated version debuted on September 8, 2008, with Howie Mandel as host.[54] The syndicated version has a top prize of $500,000, hidden in one of the 22 cases held by contestants.[55] The show only featured two of the original 26 case models, Tameka Jacobs and Patricia Kara.

Originally, Arsenio Hall was intended to host (and taped the pilot), but was ultimately passed over. Other candidates included Street Smarts host Frank Nicotero, but it was finally decided to keep Mandel as host.

This version lasted two seasons, ending in May 2010.

Special versions

  • NBC and Endemol had produced a Spanish-language version which debuted 10/8/06 on their Telemundo Spanish language channel. Titled Vas o No Vas ("Go or No Go"), but titled on the English-language closed captioning Take It or Leave It, this version was hosted by Héctor Sandarti, who also hosted the Mexican version of the same name for Televisa. The top prize was $250,000.The episode that aired on 11/5/06 saw a contestant win $180,500 and a Ford F-150 for a total of over $200,000, an all-time record for an American-based Spanish-language game show. However, this version was not as successful as the English version and was canceled by Telemundo in May 2007.
  • After the conclusion of Super Bowl XLI on 2/4/07 Global in Canada, Deal or No Deal Canada, a special Canadian version of Deal or No Deal, would debut. This version of the show, taped January 23, 2007 to January 25, 2007 in Toronto, features Howie, a Toronto native, as host. The series ran for five hour-long episodes.[56] Applications for auditioning were very similar to the NBC version, except that no videos are required.[57] The $400,000 was removed and had a Toonie ($2) put on the left side. Since Howie started filming again in Canada for Howie Do It, rumors have been spreading that Deal or No Deal Canada may be returning as a real Canadian series and even a syndicated Canadian version.
  • Also in Canada, TVA has produced a French-Canadian version of Deal or No Deal called Le Banquier, named after the mysterious figure that contestants must make deals with to obtain as much money as possible. The show, which is practically the same as the US version, has 26 cases with a $500,000 top prize, although there was one game where it was increased to $750,000. The only difference is that the models on the top row (cases 21-26) are men.
  • All US and Canadian editions are produced by Endemol USA, with the US and Canadian English versions both using Scott St. John as Executive Producer and R. Brian DiPirro as Director.

Hiatus

In January 2009 the prime-time version was put on hiatus, with the series returning on May 4 to air its last few episodes. Reruns are now shown on CNBC, TVtropolis stopped showing the prime-time and syndicated versions, and Mandel has now been working more on his new Canadian-American show Howie Do It.

In an attempt to reduce costs and continue broadcasting the program, NBC & Endemol USA, the DND production company, negotiated a new arrangement that moved production of Deal or No Deal from Culver City, CA to Waterford, CT during the summer of 2009 in favor of significant tax credits provided by the state of Connecticut. While Mandel and both of the show's models remained, much of the behind the scenes crew from the west coast production remained in Los Angeles and are not involved in the east coast production.

Episodes

As was stated, games had a tendency to be themed around the contestant depending on the info the show had on them. Mandel stated that they did this "to make the contestant feel comfortable" (and was the case since early in Season Two), however critics cited an over-reliance by the series on contestant-based "theme" shows.

Banker's "Special Offers"

The Banker sometimes encouraged contestants to sell their cases by offering prizes, sometimes worth tens of thousands of dollars, in addition to or in lieu of a cash offer.

Season One (2005–2006)

Date Contestant Prize(s) Value Additional Cash Offer Grand Total Deal or No Deal
2006-05-15 Renee Stokes A Harley-Davidson motorcycle $18,000 $99,000 $117,000 No Deal
2006-05-01 Randy Smith A Dallas Cowboys dream package for his entire family (tickets to every home game in the 2006 season, with all expenses paid to and from Dallas) $40,000 $0 $40,000 No Deal
2006-04-26 LaKissa Bright A hair transplant (for the contestant's husband) $15,000 $134,000 $149,000 No Deal
2006-04-05 Hans Hartleben A pony (for the contestant’s daughter) no value mentioned $44,000 $44,000 Deal
2006-03-30 Michael Wallace A 2006 Hummer H3 $40,000 $17,000 $57,000 No Deal

Season Two (2006–2007)

Date Contestant Prize(s) Value Additional Cash Offer Grand Total Deal or No Deal
2007-06-13 Arthur Joseph A Miami Heat dream package $60,700 $10,000 $70,700 Deal
2007-06-05 Mary Mirolla An all-expense paid trip to see The Wiggles perform in concert in Brisbane, Australia $17,174 $0 $17,174 No Deal
2007-04-02 Jamar White A VIP audition for NBC’s reality series Last Comic Standing $0 $35,000 $35,000 No Deal
2007-03-26 Stan Stava A date with the sister of model Lisa Gleave (in reality, a man dressed in drag) $0 $87,000 $87,000 No Deal
2007-03-19 Annie Hewlett & Aubrey Wentworth A lifetime supply of Doublemint gum $4,250 $27,000 $31,250 No Deal
2007-03-11 Uzma Lone A sleeping bag & pillow (for the contestant’s mother) $10 $53,000 $53,010 No Deal
2007-03-05 Anteia Greer A car door with power windows & locks $2,350 $101,000 $103,350 No Deal
2007-02-14 Kate Miller A credit card with a $36,000 credit line $36,000 $0 $36,000 No Deal
2007-01-31 Will Edmond Jr. Passed up a 2007 Ranger V-288 Bass Boat, plus an all-expense paid trip to Lake Okeechobee to fish with Bassmasters legend Roland Martin $38,350 $77,000 $114,000 Deal
2007-01-07 Kathy Beck A large vat of grease (for a fan of Grease) $300 $10,000 $10,300 No Deal
2006-11-27 Brooks Leach A lifetime supply of Sprecher Root Beer $26,657.28 $0 $26,657.28 No Deal
2006-11-23 Becky Spears The pleasure of seeing Howie pie the Banker $0 $17,000 $17,000 No Deal++
2006-11-20 Zanny Henseler A 2007 Lime Green Cadillac Escalade $83,755 $0 $83,755 Deal
2006-11-17 Zanny Henseler 658,500 aluminum cans $20,000 $0 $20,000 No Deal
2006-11-13 Peter Shine Two dozen donuts+ no value mentioned $136,000 $136,000 No Deal
2006-10-16 Tammy Fuller A New York Jets dream package $28,800 $70,000 $98,800 No Deal
2006-10-12 PJ Dykes A Massey Ferguson tractor $33,620 $155,000 $188,620 No Deal
2006-10-05 Latoshia Odom A model's case, numbered 27 no value mentioned $83,000 $83,000 No Deal
2006-09-18 Matty Sollena $400,000 in dollar bills $400,000 $0 $400,000 No Deal^
^After turning down the offer, Matty accepted a later one for $675,000. The December 25, 2006 episode included footage of Howie visiting him at home and delivering his winnings in dollar bills.
+In reality, only a dozen donuts were shown in the case, six on the top and six on the bottom.
++Even though Becky turned down the offer, Howie went ahead and pied the banker anyway at the end of the episode.

Season Three (2007–2008)

Date Contestant Prize(s) Value Additional Cash Offer Grand Total Deal or No Deal
2008-05-14 Allison Doheny Trip to New York to visit Martha Stewart and Stewart's staff wedding planner $3,200 $22,000 $25,200+++ Deal
2008-04-21 LeTia Soney Dinner and a private lesson with Billy Blanks and an appearance in a Tae-Bo video $5,100 $15,000 $20,100 Deal++
2008-04-14 Kerinne Bratty A date with Lindsay Clubine for her brother $5,000 $93,000 $98,000 No Deal
2008-04-09 Josh Akuna Being immortalized in a Marvel comic No value mentioned $189,000 $189,000 Deal
2008-03-10 Carla Antonino Being moved out of her parents' house (her belongings were being packed up) no value mentioned $53,000 $53,000 No Deal^
2008-01-23 Britney Lewzader A lifetime supply of cotton swabs $3,000 $365,000 $368,000 No Deal
2008-01-14 Margarita Montijo Flying lessons $15,000 $40,000 $55,000 Deal
2008-01-09 Brad Falcon Additional cash for cutting his beard (three different occasions) $5,000; $10,000; $25,000 $172,000; $153,000; $235,000 respectively $177,000; $163,000; $260,000 Deal (on $260,000)
2007-12-11 Mary Banford A dream package to the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked $12,000 $50,000 $62,000 Deal
2007-09-19 George Barnes An Indianapolis Colts dream package, plus a 2008 GMC Denali $66,900 $50,000 $116,900 No Deal+
^After Carla rejected the offer, her belongings were dumped onto the floor.
+After George rejected the offer, the GMC Denali was awarded to a random person in the audience.
++At the end of the show, LeTia played the Deal Wheel and doubled the total value of the deal to $40,200.
+++Doheny also received an extra $10,000 from the South African Banker for eating five mopani worms, making the total deal value $35,200.

Season Four (2008–2009)

Date Contestant Prize(s) Value Additional Cash Offer Grand Total Deal or No Deal
2008-12-29 Davon Clark An admission to training camp for the Los Angeles Lakers in Hawaii with 2 preseason games, two tickets to two home games next season, and a chance to hang out with Kobe Bryant after a game, with a pair of autographed Nike shoes $5,000 $383,000 $388,000 Deal
2008-10-31 Vinny LaSalvia "1983 Chevy Chevette" $4,000 $4,000 $8,000 No Deal
2008-09-01 Jessica Robinson* "Texas soil" (sand and manure) $0 $85,000 $85,000 No Deal
2008-08-25 Koshka Blagburn** A Biggest Loser package, including a lifetime membership to the club, and a personal training session with Jillian Michaels $17,500 $95,000 $142,500 No Deal

* First million dollar winner.
** Koshka was also given an incentive by the Banker: if she rejected all offers and accepted one of the final two cases she would win, in addition to whatever her case held, a trip to New York to audition for famed casting director Bernard Telsey, and given a walk-on role for the Broadway musical Hairspray. Blagburn did so and won $5,000 plus the trip – but would have won $1,000,000 had she switched cases.

Special Guest Stars

Occasionally special guest stars would make appearances on Deal or No Deal. Most of the time, they were there to provide support to contestants who are big fan of theirs. The list of stars is as followed:

Season One (2005–2006)

Date Guest Star(s) Contestant Appearing For Additional Information
6/5/06 Celine Dion Casey Bell The multi-platinum singer made a surprise guest appearance via satellite to support Casey, a huge fan who went on to see Celine performed live in Las Vegas.
May 22, 2006 Ben Roethlisberger Jeff Griffiths The Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl quarterback made his appearance via satellite to coach Jeff, a Steelers fan, through his game.
May 15, 2006 Jay Leno Renee Stokes The Tonight Show host entered the set with a brand-new Harley-Davidson that he presented to Renee.
May 15, 2006 Regis Philbin Lauren Potter The host of Live with Regis and Kelly and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? made an appearance on Deal, most importantly, to get the "final answer" from Lauren.
5/12/06 Matt Lauer Chad Pritchard Chad, an alumnus of Ohio University, got some words of encouragement from the host of The Today Show, who is also an alumnus.
4/12/06 26 Delegates from the Miss USA 2006 Pageant Bryan Kennedy The delegates guest starred as briefcase models in this special Miss USA edition.
March 20, 2006 Riley Mandel Brett Sloan The daughter of the host appeared for her dad as a model in this special Take Our Daughter to Work Day edition.
3/6/06 Nunzio Patrick Maritato The Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) star came on the show to support his brother Patrick.
March 3, 2006 Molly Sims This particular episode was a crossover to the hit NBC show Las Vegas. Sims, who plays Delinda Deline on the show, appeared on the Deal or No Deal set as her character to grab Howie for his plane to Vegas. The two then leave the stage, and head off in slow motion while the others remain behind. Howie was a guest star that night on Las Vegas. That was the reason for the crossover.
February 27, 2006 Donald Trump Peter Montesanti The billionaire real-estate developer and host of NBC’s hit reality series The Apprentice becomes the first guest star to appear on the show, giving Peter some expert dealing advice.

Season Two (2006–2007)

Date Guest Star(s) Contestant Appearing For Additional Information
June 18, 2007 Danny Glover Laurel Martin The famous actor has a soft spot for educators. Therefore, he made a personal cameo appearance in the Season Two finale to praise Laurel, a preschool teacher.
June 13, 2007 Fred Armisen Jesse Puttananickal The Saturday Night Live star appeared on the show dressed as a live-action version of Deal Man, a cartoon character drawn up by Jesse.
June 13, 2007 Dwyane Wade Arthur Joseph One of the Banker’s offer was the ultimate Miami Heat fan package, which he had the Heat superstar introduced in a pre-recorded segment.
6/5/07 The Wiggles Mary Mirolla The children's musical group appeared from Mary’s house to present her the Banker’s first offer, which involved them. They were also present in the audience when the game moved from Mary's house to the studio.
5/7/07 Jay Leno, Regis Philbin, and Ozzy Osbourne Brooks Leach For the second time, both talk show hosts appeared on the show. It was Ozzy’s first. All three appeared via satellite to congratulate the show on its 100th episode. Ozzy also wanted to wish one of his best fans, Brooks, the best of luck on his second game, or else he will "kick his butt".
5/6/07 Larry King Julie Lonero The famous CNN talk show host appeared as the Banker before walking out of the booth, and giving up his duties to the regular Banker in the middle of the game.
4/2/07 Bill Bellamy Jamar White The host of NBC’s hit reality competition show Last Comic Standing appeared on the show to offer Jamar, an aspiring comedian, a private audition to the show.
March 19, 2007 Martin Mullen and Matthew Mullen Annie Hewlett and Aubrey Wentworth The firefighters and stars of the 2006 NBC reality competition show, Treasure Hunters, appeared along with 24 other firefighters in this special Ladies Night edition.
3/4/07 John Cena, Bobby Lashley, Randy Orton, and Edge Rick Achberger These four wrestling superstars came on the show to create mayhem for Rick, better known as the Sign Guy.
February 26, 2007 Joe Torre Wayne Ramos Torre, who was then the New York Yankees manager, appeared on the show via satellite to give words of encouragement to Wayne.
February 18, 2007 Dick Butkus and Scottie Pippen Tony Kolton These two Chicago sports icons appeared on the show to support Tony, a Chicago native.
2/12/07 Bobby Generic Donato DeMarinis Better known as Bobby from Bobby's World (of which Mandel created and starred in), he appeared as a cameo for Donato, who is a big fan, and asked the all-important question - "Deal or No Deal?"
2/5/07 Flavio Insinna Giuseppe Iannello Giuseppe, who is originally from Italy, is a fan of that country's version of Deal, Affari Tuoi. Therefore via satellite, Howie surprised him with a greeting from their then-host of the show. Max Giusti is the current host.
2/5/07 Magic Johnson Vicki Montzingo The former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player appeared on the show to give advice to Vicki in regards to the Banker’s offers.
January 31, 2007 Roland Martin Will Edmond, Jr. The Bassmaster appeared on the show on a brand new boat that was wheeled out by the models. Martin was part of a Banker's offer to Will, a bass-fishing fanatic.
January 24, 2007 Hanson Jackie Monroe A surprise visit was made from Jackie’s favorite band midway through the show for moral support.
1/7/07 Olivia Newton-John Kathy Beck The star of Grease made a phone-in appearance to the show to give words of encouragement to Kathy.
December 25, 2006 Big Bird Lamar Wilson The Sesame Street star came on the show to support Lamar, and also to help him overcome a childhood fear he had of him.
November 23, 2006 Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Sterling Sharpe, and Jerome Bettis Joe Kaiser The cast of NBC's Football Night in America appeared via satellite to wish Joe the best of luck in his quest for a million dollars.

Season Three (2007–2008)

Date Guest Star(s) Contestant Appearing For Additional Information
April 28, 2008 Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Chewbacca (as portrayed by Peter Mayhew), Matt Sloan as Darth Vader, and R2-D2 (as portrayed by Kenny Baker) Elyse McCrillis, Brad Flinchum The Star Wars cast made an appearance to help two contestants who are fans of the franchise. In addition, Darth Vader is the special guest Banker for that episode.
April 21, 2008 President George W. Bush Capt. Joseph Kobes President Bush made an appearance in a taped message for the contestant, a US Army transportation officer and Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient who had served three tours of duty in Iraq.[58][59]
February 27, 2008 Cedric the Entertainer Larren Colum The actor-comedian paid a visit to the show to support Larren, and brought along his own pair of boxer-shorts considering it was a good luck charm to the contestant.
January 16, 2008 Ellen DeGeneres and Brigadier General Dana J.H. Pittard Shequila Farrelly Ellen became the first celebrity on Deal or No Deal to appear as a model. General Pittard appeared on the show to present Shequila, a dedicated army wife, the Commanding General's Coin.
1/7/08 James "Bubba" Stewart (Motocross) Guy Goudeau The AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series champion rider appeared on the show riding his bike.
1/6/08 Deborah Gibson and Corey Feldman Teresa Troglio These 80's superstars appeared on the show as part of the 80’s theme episode.
December 25, 2007 Da Brat The rapper was spotted sitting in the audience. She did not appear for a particular contestant.[citation needed]
December 12, 2007 Brian Baumgartner, Angela Kinsey and Oscar Nuñez Anthony Moreira The accountants from NBC's hit show The Office made their appearances on Deal or No Deal.
12/11/07 Megan Hilty Mary Banford The star of the Tony Award winning musical, Wicked, appeared on Deal or No Deal to offer Mary the ultimate fan experience to the successful musical.
11/9/07 Kermit the Frog (performed by Steve Whitmire) Danny Pecoraro The famous Muppet appeared as part of Green Week on the show. Danny happens to be a fan of the famous frog.
October 19, 2007 Sharon Osbourne, Alec Baldwin and Elizabeth Edwards Ashlee Mundy Sharon appeared in person, while Alec and Elizabeth appeared via satellite on the Breast Cancer Awareness episode.
September 19, 2007 Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson, Kordell Stewart, Wayne Chrebet, Terrell Davis, Rod Woodson, Marshall Faulk George Barnes These NFL greats all appeared in the special NFL episode.
September 17, 2007 Donald Trump Donna DiBiase For the second time Trump appeared on the show, this time as the Banker for the Season Three premiere.
UNAIRED LeAnn Rimes Halie Swan The country music star made an appearance on the show to support Halie. This episode was to be aired in Fall 2007 as the original first game of the first "Million-Dollar Mission". In that episode, Halie eliminated the two $1,000,000 cases she had in the first round of play. As a result, the producers felt the episode was a bad start to the mission and ultimately decided against airing this episode. Halie nevertheless was able to keep the $50,000 that she won on the show. To this date, this particular episode has not been officially aired on NBC.[60]

Season Four (2008–2009)

Date Guest Star(s) Contestant Appearing For Additional Information
January 1, 2009 Kimberly Caldwell Tunde Oyeneyin Was a supporter for Tunde as both are from the same city in Houston, Texas.
December 29, 2008 Kobe Bryant Davon Clark Kobe called into the studio to present to him a special offer that he enthusiastically accepts.
November 14, 2008 Tony Hawk Robert Arellano
August 25, 2008 Aretha Franklin Koshka Blagburn The singer called into the studio to wish Koshka, an aspiring actress good luck in the game and when she makes it on Broadway.

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