Deal or No Deal
While the new, half hour version of Deal lacks all the gorgeous models that the original thrived on, the implementation of regular people was not as horrible of a decision that I thought it would be. But before I get too into this, let me give you some background.
How the show works:
Deal or No Deal was adapted for U.S. television back in 2005 from a Dutch program, and is hosted by soul patched Howie Mandel. In the daytime half hour version, there are 22 cases containing cash values from 1 cent to $500,000 (The primetime version had a top value of $1 Million). The "Deal Wheel" is spun to determine which player will play the game, and the wheel is spun by two models that the daytime version held on to. Once selected, the player picks cases and knocks out amounts, hoping to lure "The Banker" into buying their case for more than it is worth.
Changes - Why they worked:
The reason that many people watched the primetime version of this show was, well lets be honest, the models. The game is intriguing, but the series popularity waned as audiences grew tired of seeing people play the same game. So then why do I think that the half hour daytime version is better than the prime time? After all, the highest cash payout is significantly lower, and the models were nixed.
The contestants make the show.
The 22 people behind the cases provide funny, interesting banter, and make the show more relatable. Yes there are no long any models to gawk at, but they seemed lifeless. Howie's interactions with the contestant and the people behind the cases is, quite frankly, hilarious. But you have to remember one thing through this whole review. You have to take this show for what it is. If you are expecting to laugh your face off at Howie's comments and things the people say, you will be disappointed, unless you go into it with the mindset that this show was made to laugh AT not WITH. It may seem mean, but that is honestly the one thing keeping this show together. It is cheesy, it is overproduced, but I love to watch it. It's not sadistic to laugh at them, because these crazy people are only on the show because they are, well, crazy. I think they know what they're getting themselves into.
Deal or No Deal has strayed from its formula slightly, but the new format is more exciting, funnier, and faster paced. In my mind, the change from primetime to daytime was an excellent choice for the show.