CNBC strikes a deal with viewers in anticipated renewal of Howie Mandel’s hit show

Review: Season Five of the unpredictable game show energizes viewers and leaves them sitting on the edge of their seat. ✰✰✰ out of 4 stars

Mandel’s vibrant personality (shown through his smile) and witty puns captivate the audience’s attention throughout the hour-long show.

Mandel’s vibrant personality (shown through his smile) and witty puns captivate the audience’s attention throughout the hour-long show.

Jacob Zollar, Contributor

What if you were forced to blindly choose between receiving a $1 or $1 million? The show Deal or No Deal thrives off of uncertainty, an energetic rhythm, and controlled chaos. Howie Mandel produces a season which is meant for purely entertainment, and it delivers in its purpose performing within the game show industry.

Millions of fans throughout the United States have patiently awaited ten years for illustrious comedian Howie Mandel to agree to another emphatic deal to continue the show. Renewing the previously successful show recreates the nostalgia that fans experienced during 2005, when the show went viral.

Mandel, at the age of sixty three, has appeared in numerous other works throughout his television career including appearing on America’s Got Talent, Bobby’s World, and voicing Gizmo in Gremlins. His captivating personality and likable character blends Deal or No Deal together phenomenally.

Steven Weinstock is the co-president of Truly Original, which produces numerous shows appearing on television. Weinstock initiated the revival of the show earlier in the year, and admitted “Going to CNBC was a little bit out-of-the-box. ‘Deal or No Deal’ is a show that has, at its heart, chance, a certain probability, risk — those things that are the DNA of business.”

Emmy award winning producer and cinematographer Scott St. John has filmed numerous game shows and agreed to return to film season five of the show. St. John is well-known for filming his show in a manner that portrays the show in an entertaining and comical manner. He also grasps each perspective involved in the situation including hosts, contestants, judges, parents or family members, and the audience exquisitely.

Mandel and St. John helped to film 31 one-hour shows at a studio in Universal Orlando Resort. The show filmed the episodes in July of 2018, while the first episode of the season aired on December 5th. Dependent upon the ratings of the show, Mandel may be called to participate in further seasons down the road if it emulates the number of viewers it achieved similar to its first season.

The point of the game itself is to find the million dollars through selecting different briefcases at random out of twenty-six. However, through process of random elimination, the contestants can remove briefcases with small amounts and force the banker to offer a large prize based upon the remaining briefcase amounts. Theoretically, contestants initially have less than a 4% to win the million dollar prize, but establishing a smart strategy likely earns the players more than six digits worth of winnings.

Each briefcase is held by a model, while Megan Abrigo and Patricia Kara are the sole women who have partaken in the show throughout the entirety of its existence. The twenty-six women virtually possess no role in the show whatsoever; they open up random briefcases and overact dramatically if the amount in the briefcase is extremely high or low. On another note, the interactions between the models and the contestant usually appears somewhat awkward and forced as they vicariously applaud them to a superfluous extent.

This season has altered several nuances of the game, however. The mysterious bravado occupied by the banker has changed from a man to a woman since 2009.

Also, the counteroffer strategy has been introduced which completely changes contestants’ strategies when deciding to accept a deal with few boxes remaining. Family members usually argue the specific amount which should be negotiated with the banker, and it pleasantly elevates the atmosphere of the room to feel more hostile and interesting for the television audience.

Often, contestants appear emotional when addressing their family members, which are also introduced in the show. Mandel arouses feelings of togetherness and trust in the family through their unpredictable journey on the show. Messages relating to hard work, confidence, and assertiveness resonate to the audience in an informal and non-serious manner.

The unpredictability of the show grasps the audience’s attention and leaves them hooked into watching several episodes at a time. While the show at first seems illogical and merely a pointless gimmick, the audience eventually realizes that dreams of becoming successful come true with the help of family and self-belief.

Midway through the season, the show appears to recreate the success and attention to the television audience it once imposed when it first premiered. Overall, Mandel’s bubbly and flamboyant personality has everyone rooting for the contestants to help their family and win the million dollars.