CNBC came through with a briefcase full of cash for Deal or No Deal.
Deal or No Deal, the briefcase-based game show that had audiences yelling at their TVs in the mid-00s, is coming back for new episodes on CNBC later this year, the cable network announced Tuesday. The new Deal will feature the high-energy risk/reward analysis of the original, with some as-yet-undisclosed new twists. (Maybe one of the briefcases will be filled with snakes!)
Host Howie Mandel will return for the reboot. “For me, there was only one answer to that iconic question and I am proud to have said DEAL!” he said in a statement. In addition to hosting, Mandel will also executive-produce alongside returning showrunner Scott St. John.
The original series ran on NBC for four seasons from 2005 to 2009, plus two more in syndication. On Deal or No Deal, contestants are presented with 26 sealed briefcases containing varying amounts of cash from one penny up to $1 million. Contestants must calculate their odds of hitting it big by choosing the right briefcase or decide whether to accept an offer of cash from “The Banker.”
Currently, Deal or No Deal is perhaps best known for launching the career of future princess Meghan Markle, who was a briefcase carrier on the show before landing her most prominent acting role on Suits and meeting Prince Harry. She will not be returning to the game show.