The Shows
(alpha sort | update sort)

ABC Carnival '74
Across the Board
Baloney
Bamboozle
Be What You Want
Beat The Genius
Beat The Odds (1962)
Beat The Odds (1975)
Bedtime Stories
The Better Sex
The Big Money
The Big Payoff
Big Spenders
Blank Check
Body Language
Body Talk
The Buck Stops Here
Bullseye
Call My Bluff
Card Sharks (1996)
Casino
Caught in the Act
Celebrity Billiards
Celebrity Doubletalk
Celebrity Secrets
Celebrity Sweepstakes
Chain Letter (1964)
The Challengers (1974)
Change Partners
Child's Play
The Choice Is Yours
Combination Lock (1996)
Comedy Club
Concentration (1985)
The Confidence Game
Cop Out
Countdown (1974)
Countdown (1990)
The Couples Race
Crossword
Decisions, Decisions
Dollar a Second
Duel in the Daytime
The Fashion Show
Fast Friends
$50,000 a Minute
Finish Line (1975)
Finish Line (1990)
Get Rich Quick
Going, Going, Gone!
Head of the Class
High Rollers
Hollywood Squares (1965)
Hollywood Squares (1985)
The Honeymoon Game
Hot Numbers
Hot Potato
House to House
How Do You Like Your Eggs?
Jackpot (1984)
Jeopardy (1977)
Jokers Wild
Jumble
Key Witness
Keynotes (1986)
King of the Hill
Let's Make a Deal (1963)
Let's Make a Deal (1990)
The Love Experts
M'ama Non M'ama
Match Game (1962)
Match Game (1973)
Match Game (1990)
Match Game (1996)
MatchGame (2008)
Mindreaders
Missing Links
Monday Night QB
Money Words
Money in the Blank
Moneymaze
Monopoly (1987)
Nothing But the Truth
Now You See It (1986)
Oddball
100%
PDQ
Party Line
People On TV
Play For Keeps
Play Your Hunch
The Plot Thickens
Pot O' Gold
Pressure Point
The Price Is Right (1972)
Pyramid (1996)
Pyramid (1997)
A Question of Scruples
Quick as a Flash
Razzle Dazzle
Riddlers
Run For The Money
Says Who?
Scrabble (1990)
Second Guessers
Second Honeymoon
Sharaize
Shoot for the Stars
Shoot the Works
Shopping Spree
Show Me
Showoffs
Simon Says
$64,000 Question (2000)
Smart Alecks
Smart Money
Spellbinders
Spin-Off
Split Decision
Star Cluster
Star Play
Strictly Confidential
TKO
Talking Pictures (1968)
Talking Pictures (1976)
Tell It to Groucho
Temptation (1981)
$10,000 Sweep
Three of a Kind
Tic Tac Dough
Tie-Up
Top Secret
Twenty One (1982)
Twenty Questions
Twisters
Up and Over
The Waiting Game
We've Got Your Number
What Do You Want?
What's On Your Mind
Wheel of Fortune
Whew!
Whodunit
Whose Baby
Wipeout
Word Grabbers
Write Your Own Ticket
You Bet Your Life (1988)
You Bet Your Life (1991)
You're Putting Me On

The Links

Show a Random Pilot
Show Unreviewed Pilots
Bob Stewart Flow Chart

Let's Make a Deal (1990)


Producer: Hatos-Hall
Host: Dick Clark/Ron Greenberg
Announcer: Dean Miuccio
Models: Georgia Sattelle, Diane Klimaszewski, Elaine Klimaszewski
Taping Info: June 4, 1990 at Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida
Made it to Air: This version made the air on July 9, 1990, staying in the NBC daytime lineup until January 11, 1991. During the run, Monty Hall returned as host, replacing Bob Hilton.
Other Pilots: The original recipe 1963 version as well as the 2009 revival had pilots as well.

1990 sure seemed to be a year of everything old is new again. To Tell the Truth was back on the air, Match Game was coming soon, so it was time for Let's Make a Deal to take a chance. However, Monty Hall had little to do with this version, as it was produced by Dick Clark and Ron Greenberg. Bob Hilton, picking his wardrobe from the Doug Llewellyn collection, is your host.

Right off the bat this is not your mother's Deal. It's being produced in Florida, complete with a passel of Disney characters on stage as well as three models, including what would become the Coors Twins (who, if the internet is to believed, were 18 at the time of this taping). They appear on stage at the beginning with the Disney characters, dancing awkwardly as Elaine Benes.

However, the game play is not that different from your mother's Deal. The first game involved a single contestant who resisted the lure of "behind the door" all three times to keep $500. Too bad there were cars behind each door. The second contestant was a not really dressed up couple, which played a money tree, picking envelopes a la a Barry-Enright bouns game, trying to accumulate $1,000 while avoiding a zonk. They were successful, and saw their earnings increased to $10,000.

The third deal showed that the announcer was purely in the booth, as the on-the-floor assistance was provided by one of the models. Also a new wrinkle for this game was the use of a video screen to show the possible prize (exercise equipment), rather than using a door. This game was played by two contestants roughly in parallel, allowing four possible players for The Big Deal.

The winners of the $10,000 decided to try for the Big Deal, as well as the first player. The non-selected door contained a hot tub and a cruise for $6,928. Like the Monty Hall version, the lower prize of the ones picked was shown first (a set of luggage, a camcorder and a Riviera cruise for a deal value of $7,444). Our decliner of the cars ended up being the big winner of artwork, a trip to the Kentucky Derby and a Camaro worth a total of $25,000. The show concluded with the audience deals.

The big thing this game was missing was energy. Since it was held in a large theater type setting rather than an intimate studio, the noise level was always on, forcing any exciting elements to be somewhat muted as to not overwhelm. The rather bland hosting of Bob Hilton was an issue was well, as his delivery and suspense building skills were not on par with the master himself. The show would last six months, including a host change midway through, until NBC decided to give up game shows at 10 AM and replaced it with Trialwatch.

This pilot has been viewed 7459 times since October 6, 2008 and was last modified on Dec 15, 2009 21:38 ET
Feedback? Contact me at usgs-pilot at the usgameshows dot net domain