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"Let's Make A Deal" Returns to CBS-Television

I always guess the one with the goat.

One of the quintisential loud 70's games shows "Let's Make a Deal" is coming back to the airwaves - the first daytime game show to premiere on network TV in a decade and a half. The original program was a loud and fun party, and the old host has a probability problem named after him. I've always loved game shows.  They are one of the perfect forms of television (the most perfect is the commercial...). Game shows are little more than a vehicle for a parade of commercial sponsors, wrapped in cheap stunts - and lots of 'em. It's when a game show can rise above that that it can become a classic.

In the shadow of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", there was a mini boom of game shows that all took on the quasi-serious look and feel of Millionaire, itself a show that could make a dozen trivia questions somehow take up an hour of prime time. Even asinine shows like "Deal or No Deal" (which my friend Jason has correctly renamed, "Howie Mandell's Breifcase Challenge") try to pass themselves off as a life-changing event rather than a show that's aimed at people who don't understand math. So I really hope that "Let's Make a Deal" understands and stays true to its roots as a raucus and fun time for all.

That's right, folks, just wear your everyday street clothes...Comedian Wayne Brady will host, with original host Monty Hall acting as consultant. Interesting is that the revamp of "The Price Is Right" under the aegis of new host Drew Carey (and past collaborator with Brady) also hits the air this autumn. The new TPIR also promises more fun and prizes - possibly fewer frat guys winning grandfather clocks and the like?

 It'll be interesting to see if the resucitation of "Let's Make A Deal" and the reboot of "The Price Is Right" will resonate with today's audience. When I think of classic game shows, I think of Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" and "Match Game" which were about more than just cash prizes. It was clear that everyone in the studio was having a really good time. Both Brady and Carey have big shoes to fill to keep their shows loose and fun, but I think they can do it. Are there more game shows to come?  Might we find the next Groucho Marx or Charles Nelson Reilly among them?

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