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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
A Worthy Successor, 7 April 2010
Author: Brian Washington (Sargebri@att.net) from Los Angeles, California
Let me start of the reviews by saying that this version of a television
classic is a worthy successor to all the versions that have aired in
the past. Wayne Brady definitely brings a younger and hipper feel to
the show and he is the perfect successor to Monty Hall. What also makes
this version great is the chemistry between Brady and Jonathan Mangum.
They pretty much have made this a showcase for their improvisational
comedy skills and it shows whenever someone gets "zonked" or when they
have to deal with some of the crazier contestants that they will get.
This show is definitely a great compliment to "The Price is Right", which it leads into.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A Successful Revival of a Classic Game Show, 30 April 2010
Author: hfan77 from St. Louis Park, MN
After two attempts to revive Let's Make a Deal without Monty Hall, the
third time turned out to be a charm as CBS revived the show to replace
the long running soap opera Guiding Light with Wayne Brady as host. I
have seen numerous episodes and to me it's a successful revival of a
classic game show since the producers and Hall, who serves as a
consultant made the right choice in hiring Brady.
Coming off a stint on Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics, Brady shows that he is a very competent host, injecting humor, not overpowering the game and having excellent rapport with contestants, which is a good asset for a game show host. He's also one of the few African- American game show hosts who is destined to have a long run. Let's Make a Deal has always been one of the most difficult shows to host and Brady has the ability to do what Bob Hilton and Billy Bush failed to do, build drama and suspense and have a quick wit.
Also added to the show's success is announcer/sidekick Jonathan Mangum. He has outstanding chemistry with Brady the way hall had with Jay Stewart and he also should have an outstanding future ahead of him as a game show announcer. Let's not overlook the show's model Tiffany Coyne.
CBS made the right choice in adding Let's Make a Deal to its daytime lineup, the first new network daytime game show in 15 years and by allowing stations to run it in either the morning or afternoon, it could have the potential to have a long run. And that's no zonk.
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
A superb revival., 2 October 2010
Author: bluethunder35 (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
As someone who loved the many versions of the Monty Hall-helmed "Let's
Make A Deal", I was happy to hear about this revival a year ago. While
it's not perfect, it's still way better than any other game show on
I've been a big fan of Wayne Brady for years; I've seen his stage show here in Ottawa. As one of the best improv comics around, he's able to use his myriad talents to fit into any situation his contestants place him in. I know that some purists prefer Monty's no-nonsense car salesman style but what can you do?
Wayne's good friend Jonathan Mangum is the announcer and the two share tremendous chemistry, which helps keep the show entertaining. They have worked together in Las Vegas for several years and put that to good use.
I was never a fan of Alison Fiori as the original door girl; Tiffany Coyne is a huge improvement here. She reminds me of Carol Merrill, the woman who had the same duties when Monty hosted. She's cool.
I especially like watching a game show during The Great Depression 2 and seeing what decisions people are making in regards to deals. It adds something to the show, that honest and unflinching reality we live in.
The only problem I have with Let's Make A Deal is that I'd prefer Wayne to just pick people quickly like Monty did. I don't know why he needs to go all 80's and have music playing while he chooses somebody.
Still, the show is great fun and Monty Hall has a hand in it so it's true to its source. I like some of the games they play and the contestants' crazy antics fit well since they are costumed. I'm glad to see a new season of shows are being aired and I will be enjoying this until May.
I do hope they get to return to Las Vegas, though. It seems to be more Vegas than Los Angeles in regards to atmosphere.
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