According to TV Squad, the new version of Let's Make a Deal will begin production next week. The original, last seen in 1977 but revived sporadically since, gave rise to the famous Monty Hall Problem. Original host Monty Hall will be back to produce the new version, which will be hosted by Wayne Brady.
If it's a hit, we can surely expect many more game shows to come back from the dead, as daytime programming executives never let one successful idea stand alone. Remember when The People's Court was the only place to go to get your fix of low-stakes daytime court room drama? We don't either. So, if the daytime landscape is poised to get more game shows, here are a few we'd like to see brought out of retirement.
TV Guide's 29th greatest game show of all time, Double Dare is familiar to every American born between 1980 and 1985. VH1 should do a version with anyone not crazy enough and/or too crazy to get cast on one of the ...Of Love shows. Since most of those people operate at the intellectual level of the kids on the original, the physical challenges and slime-filled final obstacle course of Double Darewould serve their dignity far better than ...Of Love anyway. If Flavor Flav is still alive -- and someone should check -- he should host.
Bruce Willis in the ridiculous wig? Nick Arcade was the one where contestants competed for the opportunity to participate in a video game, which really meant flailing around against a blue screen while trying to see what was happening on a monitor. TV weathermen do this every day, but no one wants to see a game show where people are wrong all the time. Anyway, with the rapid advance of video game technology since Nick Arcade went off the air in 1993, we expect the new version to pit contestants against one other for the chance to be plugged into the Matrix. Laurence Fishburne should host, obviously.
Okay, we've done your job for you, network programming executives! You're welcome.
Let's Make a Deal premieres September 21st on CBS. Check local listings.