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Deal or No Deal is an Australian game show hosted by Andrew O'Keefe. It currently screens on the Seven Network. In North America, the show is on NBC effective September 2005.
Produced by Netherlands based production company Endemol, the format also airs in the Netherlands, Algeria, Argentina, Chile, Israel, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Thailand, the United States, Germany and finally in Austria. It has been commissioned but not yet aired in the United Kingdom.
Format of the show
A typical episode of Deal or No Deal runs for 30 minutes in duration.
The show begins in a studio with six groups of 25 people sitting in stands. One group is then randomly selected, plus one additional person from the remaining groups. Up until the 2005 season of Deal or No Deal, the additional contestant won AU$500. The 26 contestants are then asked three basic questions. The quickest contestant to answer correctly is then selected to play out the remainder of the show. The contestant is shown twenty-six numbered briefcases held by identical models, each containing a hidden amount of money, usually ranging from 50 cents to $200,000. In the 2005 season of the show onwards, a car valued at approximately $30,000 replaced the $25,000 prize briefcase. The contestant selects one of the briefcases to be placed at the front, and the other briefcases are distributed to the other 25 contestants from the quiz who move onto the 'podium'.
The contestant then chooses a numbered case to be opened. The podium player holding the case guesses the amount that they have in their briefcase, with $1000 for a correct guess (or $5000 for a "Megaguess", which appear at random intervals during the show). This process is repeated, and is only interrupted when, at increasingly regular intervals, a "Bank Offer" is made. The major contestant now has to decide between a "Deal", where the bank's offer is accepted, or "No Deal" where the offer is rejected and play continues. The Bank Offers are based on, but not equivalent to, the arithmetic mean of the remaining briefcases. That is, if there are mainly large valued briefcases remaining, then there is a high chance that the contestant's briefcase is valuable, and so the Bank Offer will be generous. Conversely, if the player has been less fortunate and opened the more valuable briefcases, then the Bank Offer will be low. It should also be pointed out that the decisions to "Deal" or "No Deal" are generally made on the likelihood of the next Bank Offer being more or less, rather than on what the actual value of the contestants briefcase is.
If at any stage the player chooses to "Deal" the game is still played out to enable any correct guesses to be made (with the $1000 being awarded to the respective contestant) and to find out if the player chose the right time to "Deal". If the player continues to the end without making a "Deal", the game ends with their own briefcase being opened and the amount in that briefcase being won.
Traditionally, whenever briefcase thirteen is opened, the audience usually issues a low hush. Up until the 2005 season of the show, when number twenty-six was opened, the audience let loose with a loud shout of "boo yeah!" for no apparent reason. The shout of "boo yeah" was later abandoned in the 2005 season onwards, seemingly because it made the show's rules appear overly complex to the casual viewer.
Contestants may randomly encounter the "Supercase" or a "Chance" at the end of the show. A Supercase is offered at random - when a Supercase appears at the end of the show, contestants are presented with eight possible amounts - usually two higher amounts than their already accepted deal, and six amounts lower than their already accepted deal. They then have the choice of forfeiting their deal and taking the Supercase amount. From August 2004 to August 2005, the values were 50c, $100, $1,000, $2,000, $5,000, $10,000, $20,000 and $30,000. In August 2005, these were changed to 50c, $100, $1,000, $2,000, $10,000, $20,000, CAR and $50,000.
A Chance is occasionally offered if a contestant accepts a smaller monetary value as a deal, but the last two suitcases are an extremely small and extremely high amount. The contestant is offered the choice of forfeiting their already accepted deal, and accepting whichever case they chose at the start of the game.
"Double Deal Fridays" were introduced in the 2005 season of the show. Home viewers were invited to ring a phone number charged at AU$0.55 and register their details. Every Friday, a home viewer was randomly selected to win the same prize as the studio contestant each Friday. The host of the show, Andrew O'Keefe, has mentioned that Double Deal Fridays receive over 100,000 calls each week.
So far, the top prize of $200,000 has only been given away once to Dean Carticini on June 17, 2004 after saying "No Deal" to $102,500 with the chance of walking away with only $5 or the $200,000. Luckily, Dean had the big one in his briefcase (#12).
The minimum prize of $0.50c has been received twice in the show's history; to John DeLaine in 2004, and to Travis Ross on July 7, 2005.
The CAR has only been won once on March 4, 2005, a Peugeot 307, after it being offered to the contestant. Because the car was won on "Double Deal Friday" (see above), the home viewer received $30,000 in cash instead. Because the car has only been won once, it was added to the Supercase for a better chance of winning it (see above). The car has since been a Renault Megane.
Evolution of the show Deal or No Deal originally debuted in late 2003 as an hour-long program. Screening on Monday night, it indirectly competed with the Nine Network's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? by offering a maximum prize of $2,000,000.
The original version of the show also had some major differences in the initial stages of the game. For example, instead of randomly selecting a group of 25, the members of the six audience groups collectively competed against each other in a short quiz to determine which group would get selected. Also rather than choosing the sole fastest contestant in the individual question round, instead the two fastest contestants were chosen to compete head to head in answering one final question before the eventual victor proceeds to the main game.
Although somewhat sucessful, this incarnation of the show only lasted for one season. However, several hour-long special episodes of the show (such as "Unluckiest Players" - the return of the contestants who have won the least amount of money) have aired in prime time.
In 2004 it was moved to weeknights at 5:30pm in its current incarnation, replacing the struggling Wheel Of Fortune (which moved to an earlier timeslot) and directly competing against the Nine Network's The Price Is Right. Ratings have indicated that Deal or No Deal is becoming more popular.
The American ABC Television Network passed on the show in 2004 after a pilot was produced. In July 2005, NBC picked up the rights to the show and plans to air it sometime in 2005.
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