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Rumor Control: Box 23 Being Added to “Deal or No Deal”?

Hey, we’re back.  And we’re back with a very interesting story you’ll basically only find here.  Deal or No Deal, Channel 4′s long-running game show, launched a new run of episodes today with some relatively big changes.  For now most are visual.  For the first time, the Dream Factory (the set) has nearly a whole new look.  The new studio is much larger with a new backdrop, they’re shortened the opening, added a stats board, and debuted a new introduction.  They’ve also added lights on the Wing desks which let the players vote Deal or No Deal.   A new gameplay mechanism is coming soon, too.  Deal is teasing it will begin on January 1st.  However, an eagle-eyed viewer (and our good friend/writer Bob Hagh) may have spotted it early.

Box 23 coming to Deal or No Deal?

Box 23 coming to Deal or No Deal?

In the new introduction to the show, a box numbered 23 appears often.  Currently the show only features 22 boxes.  On today’s program, after the first act, the Banker’s new assistant, Miss Payment, brought out a covered object to a special podium on the side of the set.  It was teased it will be seen starting this Wednesday, January 1st.  It’s definitely looking like a box now, and the fact that Box 23 is appearing all over the opening is a pretty good indication.  What could it be?  Any guesses?  We’ll be sure to let you know.

What’s under the cover? Find out January 1st.

Alex Davis

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8 responses to "Rumor Control: Box 23 Being Added to “Deal or No Deal”?"

  • johnny says:

    I think I might know. On Bigjons forum, we played the American version and I was the Banker with a Case #27, with a randomly generated amount, rounded to the nearest thousand. If the player could beat the Banker’s case, their earnings doubled. If not they just took home what was in their case or what they dealt for…

  • David says:

    Maybe it’s like the “Supercase” the Australian version uses sometimes if the player ended up with a deal in the 10K range- the player can trade in their deal for it, which had 1 of 8 amounts, with a max of $50,000 and a low of $.50.

    If they roughly followed the Australian amounts, the values could be something like:
    1p, £50, £500, £5.000, £10,000, £20,000, £30,000, £50,000

  • Gordon Beattie says:

    Yet another sign, if it was needed, that Deal or No Deal is long past its sell-by date. The rot started to set in when it became another show full of sob stories (hence it being extended from a 45 minute slot to a 60 minute slot)
    The final nail in ANY show is when they have to change the format or the gameplay. A classic case of “If it ain;t broke, don’t fix it…” Well It’s clearly “broke” and they’re flogging a dead horse by trying to fix it.

    And don’t get me started on the ‘dress-up’ and ‘special’ shows. Christmas in Little Dealington was the final straw that broke the little donkey’s back…

    • HomerJay says:

      “A classic case of ‘If it ain;t broke, don’t fix it…’ Well It’s clearly “broke” and they’re flogging a dead horse by trying to fix it.” So….if it’s broke, then it’s not a classic case of “if it ain’t broke,” pretty much by definition. But let’s assume the second part of the sentence is correct, and that it is broken. Wouldn’t the logical thing to do be try something to liven things up, rather than stick with what you have determined to be broken?

      That aside….

      Sometimes ’tis best to “fix” something before it is irretrievably broken in the first place. See: Wheel of Fortune. Lots of tinkering over the years, and we have yet to hear the sound of a final nail being hammered in.

  • David Howell says:

    I’d be pretty happy if it was a Supercase type affair. My fear is it’s Double or Nothing. Pretty sure that either would lead to all sorts of accusations of favouritism unless it’s a string of little boxes (note how quickly Aussie DoN added the two separate cases to pick from).

  • JV says:

    I think David may be close with the Double or Nothing. Honestly? Let me go off the board for a second and propose that the 23rd box may be that Deal is finally upping their top prize to $500K. How do you introduce a new prize amount? Add a new box.

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