It came down between this show and Pyramid and CBS has chosen the former.
I’m actually pretty disappointed in this decision. I was really hoping that Pyramid would be picked up. I’ll admit it right now, it’s mostly bias since I largely prefer Pyramid over Deal. And the cards finally seemed in place for it. It was a show that had all the rules together, no lame rules it seems or judgment calls like what we saw a few years ago on Donnymid according to the pilot reviews. It was nice to not be too worried about a Michael Davies revival for once. There was a lot of buzz, and everything just seemed ready for a new version of this show. Hell, there was discussion about this show coming back THE DAY Guiding Light was cancelled.
With Deal, it’s nice to know that Monty Hall is behind this show and judging from a press interview is behind the decision of the new host, Wayne Brady, and Wayne seems really excited about it as well. I also had really been getting into the show when GSN was rerunning it. But hopefully this show will learn their lessons after the 2003 failure. I’m skeptical about an hour-long format. I remember it on Game$how Marathon all too well also and I was really turned off by it. The more I think about it, it might not be bad at all had CBS decided to green light both Pyramid AND Let’s Make A Deal. I want to be positive about this, but I really just don’t know.
And as for CBS and Pyramid, we’ve seen the mistakes made with this show: in 1974, CBS canceled it; ABC grabbed it a few months later and it wound up being a success and ran for 6 years. They made up for their gaffe in 1982 by bringing it back, but canned it in 1987. We’d see the show again in spring 1988 after the show that replaced it, Blackout, had failed after 13 weeks. Dick Clark on the first episode back says the show was brought back after viewer complaints: “They weren’t mad, they were angry” … but the show is canceled again 13 weeks later, apparently not thinking so much about the complaints anymore that were apparently sent in droves. All I have to say is that especially after all the buzz for a new version this time around, that they better hope this isn’t another mistake.
Also if anything, this needs to be a testament to folks like Christopher Goutman of As The World Turns since Procter & Gamble/Telenext doesn’t want to get off its behind and let him go, and any other executive producer of any other soap right now that’s producing a more shoddy product than not: networks are not playing around anymore, and if you don’t shape up you WILL be shipped out.