This week I promised you an instant review of the new
NBC game Deal or No Deal. And thats just what youll
The shows not at all fast-paced, and you cant play
along at home with it really
other than following along
with the contestant
but the program has an
edge-of-your-seat dramatic quality that has appeal.
Youre rooting for the contestant, and glad when they
are able to stay in the game.
The cliffhangers are appropriately-placed, but
predictable. The more somber later rounds are truly
exciting, but the second half of the premiere program
felt like I was watching the Dan Avila episode of
where things moved so slowly I couldve made
dinner and not missed anything.
On the plus side, I absolutely love how host Howie
Mandel is really rooting for these contestants. And,
unlike my initial worries, Howie does not overshadow the
contestants AT ALL and does a great job of bringing
family members into the game and decision. I enjoy when
a host comes across as being 100% genuine and 100%
genuinely wanting the contestant to win. And because
its a game of skill and chance with one contestant at a
time, Mandel can openly root for the players.
The premise of the home game is interesting but I dont
like having more than one opportunity to enter
having to pay 49 cents if you text message.
The only problem with the game is the letdown if a
contestant has revealed all the high value cases
the drama is over and its just a matter of skating home
with something. And this show is really all about the
its worth watching
but will it be the show that
revives the traditional game show on network TV? Well
know soon enough.
By the way
for those asking about the alphabet thing
decided it would be best to make it a 2006
youll see it back in January.
Jason Elliot may have to shave his head after
tonight... just like everyone else. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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