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One of the great things about Deal or No Deal in the game show's earlier days was the way Howie Mandel carefully nudged and played with the contestants as they were faced with the option to take the banker's deal or open up a few more cases. Maybe - just maybe - they'd end up with more. Mandel's next gig will have him once again hosting a game show involving a dilemma and an element of chance. NBC has set the premiere date for Take It All.
Originally titled Howie Mandel's White Elephant - likely a reference to the gift-swapping tradition some people partake in around the holidays - Take It All will have contestants selecting and opening prizes worth thousands of dollars (cars, exotic trips, jewelry, etc). The next player then has to decide if they should "steal" a prize that's already been opened or go for a mystery prize, which could be worth more.
But that's just the beginning. When there are only two contestants left, the players have a life-changing choice to make: keep the prizes they have -- or try and take all the prizes. If both players choose to "keep mine," they will each keep the prizes they have won in the prior rounds. If one player chooses "keep mine" and the other chooses to "take it all," the player that chose "take it all" will go home with all the prizes -- theirs and their opponents. But if both choose "take it all," they both go home with nothing. The stakes are insanely high as each contestant grapples with the choice of a lifetime.
The "Take it All" twist sounds really interesting and could make for some great suspense as we're left to see who's going home with what.
Fittingly, NBC has set this game show to premiere this December. The show will air throughout the holiday week of December 10-14 (9-10 p.m. ET each night), concluding Monday, December 17 with back-to-back episodes airing from 9-11 p.m. ET.
With various regularly scheduled programming going on hiatus, there should be room in the line-up for something light and fun. Contestants get to win or lose prizes and we, as viewers, get to watch as some are rewarded for their luck and others are punished for their greediness. Tis the season! And as mentioned, Howie Mandel's Deal or No Deal experience will likely come in handy for him as he hosts this show, as it also involves an element of chance and will likely feature moments of celebration and devastation.
NBC points out that the 12/10 and 12/17 episodes of The Voice (both Mondays) will be cut to one-hour episodes, airing from 8-9 p.m. on those nights.