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Thursday, February 28, 2008

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'Deal or No Deal' Hits the Road!

Post by: Sal

Source: Zap2It

Howie Mandel is packing his "Deal or No Deal" briefcase and going abroad.

The NBC game show will travel to South Africa, Estonia and the Philippines, where American contestants will try to win money in that country's version of the game, with its own host, models and unique rules (the game has the same basic framework but allows for local variations). The three two-hour episodes are scheduled to air in May sweeps.

"'Deal or No Deal' is an international success story, so it makes perfect sense to take our act on the road and provide American audiences with a first-hand look at how it's done in other corners of the globe," says David Goldberg, president of "Deal" producer Endemol USA. "It should be a lot of fun for the host countries when they see Howie, who is a great ambassador for the show, take the stage."

Mandel will be on hand to help the American players navigate the differences in the international versions of the game and will also file a travelogue from each country, taking in the sights and sampling the local fare.

"Deal or No Deal" originated in the Netherlands and has spread to more than 50 countries in the past few years. It has been a ratings rock for NBC this season, averaging 11.37 million viewers across its multiple weekly airings.

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