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Trivia: Let's Make a Deal

  • Dueling Shows: With The Price Is Right, to an extent. Deal had games in which contestants had to guess the prices of grocery items. When Price returned to the air in 1972, it was reformulated to include similar games. Mostly averted now as both shows appear on the same network, although Deal no longer has the pricing deals (according to Mike Richards, to avoid being too similar to Price...despite the fact he spearheads both).
  • Franchise Killer: Outright averted with not only the 1990 revival, but also FOX's Big Deal (1996) and the 2003 revival for NBC. The former was hosted by the inexperienced Bob Hilton, and failed so badly that Hall returned to host the tail end of it in an attempt at an Author's Saving Throw. The latter two lasted six and three episodes, respectively, these revivals had obviously transparent attempts at being "hip" and "edgy". The fact that the Brady version began Season 5 in 2013 shows that the three revivals before it were not detrimental.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Averted with Monty Hall, as this is pretty much the only thing he's known for. While the man did host several other games (It's Anybody's Guess, the 1979-80 Beat the Clock, the 1986-87 Split Second, and various unsold pilots), none were nearly as prolific.
    • Dennis James would later become famous for a nighttime syndicated version of Price, which was both his longest-running game and his last. Despite this. the effect it had on the show's popularity, and the fact that it was in development months before CBS became interested, James' Price has become rather obscure.
    • Geoff Edwards hosted the Chuck Barris versions of Treasure Hunt.
    • Bob Hilton was being considered to replace Johnny Olson on Price, but turned down that opportunity to host two pilots. note 
    • Billy Bush is the host of Access Hollywood and a cousin of George W. Bush.
    • Ricki Lake had a self-titled talk show.
    • Wayne Brady is best known as a regular on the American Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which was hosted by Drew Carey (who currently hosts Price).
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Most of the announcers.
    • Wendell Niles, announcer from 1963-64, had a career dating back to 1930s radio (The Milton Berle Show).
    • Jay Stewart had a career dating back to the golden age of radio (It Pays To Be Married), and was the first host of KTLA's By the Numbers. Deal was his first announcing role, and he would later announce games such as Tic-Tac-Dough, The Jokers Wild, Sale Of The Century, and Scrabble.
    • Voice actor Brian Cummings (Bumblelion, Dimmy Finster, Papa Bear) was the announcer for the 1984-85 season.
    • Disc jockey Dean Goss, in his first announcing role, replaced Cummings for the 1985-86 season and would later go on to announce a handful of other games.
    • Vance DeGeneres, correspondent on The Daily Show and older brother of comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, announced the 2003 version.
    • Rich Fields was announcer on The Price Is Right from 2004-10.
    • Jonathan Mangum, a cast member on Wayne Brady's self-titled show, is the current announcer.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The original NBC era (1963-68) appears to be mostly gone. The 1963 pilot was aired by GSN as a standalone special in 2003, while one episode from 1965 and two from '67 are held by the Paley Center for Media. A few silent color clips of a 1966 episode surfaced in May 2013.
    • The 1980-81 series is also pretty rare, with only three episodes known to circulate and a fourth (#C-82, taped 11/30/80) held by UCLA. Two of the circulating episodes (one with a $5,863 Big Deal, the other with a $4,235 one) have an intro consisting of clips from the 1970s, including a $29,795 Super Deal win; the third, with a $4,187 Big Deal, has an intro consisting of clips from this version.
    • The 1990-2003 versions haven't been in reruns at all.
  • Screwed by the Network: Several times, in fact.
    • Hall wanted to move the show elsewhere after NBC balked at the idea of putting a nighttime version on its regular schedule, despite a nighttime version in Summer 1967 consistently beating its competition.
    • The ABC version was screwed by the network's attempts to boost ratings by having the show offer huge prizes and go to an hour-long format. When this failed, the show was moved on December 29, 1975 from 1:00 PM to Noon against High Rollers on NBC and local programming on CBS. Despite initial success (forcing Rollers to 10:30 AM and defeating its replacement, the return of The Magnificent Marble Machine), Deal fell on July 9, 1976 against The Fun Factory.
    • The 1990s version was originally hosted by Bob Hilton. Hall replaced him as "guest host", with the intention of eventually doing a series of on-air auditions, then picking one of the candidates to host the show on a permanent basis. NBC had other plans (namely, Wheel of Fortune), and canned the show outright.
    • Big Deal had far too many things going against it to list here, the least of which was being slotted right after NFL games...which tend to go overtime.
    • The 2003 run had an unproven host (Billy Bush) and several skits that smacked too hard of trying to be "hip" and "modern". Then, on the last aired episode, a one-deal appearance by the Big Dealer himself made Bush look like a total imbecile. note 
  • Talking to Himself: In the two deals below, Dean Goss is hosting and announcing at the same time, but according to the comments his announcing was pre-taped.
  • What Could Have Been: During his year as announcer, Goss hosted two deals with Monty appearing in a cameo. Goss said in a later interview that these deals were done on purpose had that version been renewed, Monty would've passed the torch to him on the season premiere.

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