Most of us grew up watching Monty Hall in a sea of costume-clad contestants trading one prize for another and occasionally a great prize for a “zonk.” A new version of LET’S MAKE A DEAL will premiere in a couple of months as a replacement for the long-running GUIDING LIGHT which ends a 72-year broadcast run in September.
Emmy Award-Winner Wayne Brady will host this new version of LET’S MAKE A DEAL.
The original LET’S MAKE A DEAL was a television game show staple during the 1960’s and 70’s when it was hosted by Hall from 1963-1977. While later versions aired in syndication and primetime, the game show is best remembered for the years hosted by Hall, who will serve as a creative consultant on this latest version.
“I am honored and ready to go; it is not every day that you get to be a part of a franchise like LETS MAKE A DEAL,” said Wayne Brady. “I think it is a perfect fit.”
“We are delighted to have LET’S MAKE A DEAL back on the air with CBS,” said Monty Hall. “I know the audience is going to welcome the charming and engaging Wayne Brady as the new host.”
“Wayne Brady is a unique talent whose extraordinary skills in both hosting and improvisation make him the perfect choice to host this legendary and engaging show. We are thrilled to be adding him and LET’S MAKE A DEAL to the number one Daytime line-up,” says Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime Programs, CBS. “We’re also very lucky to have Monty Hall as our creative consultant, bringing with him a knowledge of game shows that will prove invaluable as we present this classic game show to a whole new audience.”
LET’S MAKE A DEAL becomes the second game show on CBS’s top-rated Daytime line-up, joining THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, which is the #2 ranked series on Daytime television, second to THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.
Wayne Brady won an Emmy Award and earned two Emmy Award nominations for the improvisational show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and went on to host his own syndicated talk/variety show “The Wayne Brady Show” for two years. He picked up Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host and Outstanding Talk Show. Brady was last seen hosting the game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” He has guest starred on “The Dave Chappelle Show,” “30 Rock,” “Dirt” and “Everybody Hates Chris,” as well as “How I Met Your Mother,” on the Network. In film, Brady recently provided a voice for the upcoming animated feature, “Foodfight!” Brady also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his single “A Change is Gonna Come” off his debut musical album “A Long Time Coming.” In 2005, he completed a run playing Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago.” He has also made a big splash in Vegas with his current hit stage show “Makin’ It Up.”
LET’S MAKE A DEAL will premiere on October 5, 2009 and will air weekdays at 3:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.