Let's Make A Deal (partially lost NBC game show; 2003)
Let's Make A Deal is the long-running game show that is also dubbed as The Marketplace of America. It debuted on NBC on December 30th, 1963 and went on to spawn numerous incarnations on ABC, Syndication and CBS. It was created by Monty Hall and Stefan Hatos and was hosted by Hall for most of the show's incarnations. The show revolves around the host picking out members of the studio audience (in costume) and offers them various deals for cash or prizes. Since 2009, the show has been airing on CBS Daytime alongside The Price Is Right and is hosted by Whose Line Is It Anyway alum Wayne Brady. In March 2003, to celebrate the show's 40th anniversary, NBC aired a new limited run of the show that was planned to run for five episodes.
History[edit | edit source]
In January 2003, thirteen years after the last run of the show came to an end, NBC greenlit a 5 episode run of Let's Make A Deal in honor of the show's 40th anniversary and will air on the network where it premiered in 1963. It was also announced that Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush would be hosting the new version and would start airing on March 1, 2003.. However the show instead premiered on March 4, 2003 The first episode premiered to mixed reviews, with the criticism being Billy Bush's hosting and the production qualities. Two more episodes aired on March 11th and 18th and each of them had lower ratings than the previous airing. NBC ended up pulling the show without the final two episodes airing and the timeslots were filled by a "Child Stars: Then and Now" special and a retrospective on The Three Stooges. According to CNN, there were plans to air the final two episodes at a later date, but that never happened.
Episodes[edit | edit source]
|1||March 4, 2003||Found|
|2||March 11, 2003||Found|
|3||March 18, 2003||Found|
|4||Unaired (meant to air March 25, 2003)||Lost|
|5||Unaired (meant to air April 1, 2003)||Lost|
Availability[edit | edit source]
Due to the backlash the show got during it's March 2003 run, it was never reran and faded into obscurity pretty quickly. Clips from the aired episodes have surfaced online in the years since. The first episode was uploaded to YouTube by user Chad Mosher but has since been taken down. It wasn't until July 2021, when user Jared Oswald uploaded the three aired episodes (as one video). Although the video has since been taken down, mirrors of the video exist. The final two unaired episodes have not resurfaced and due to the show's backlash, it's very unlikely they will ever resurface.
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