August 16, 2007 06:01 PM by Joe Blackmon
NBC’s hit game show "Deal or No Deal," starring Howie Mandel, kicks off
its third season Monday, Sept. 17 with special guest Donald Trump and
an unprecedented one million dollar Play At Home Lucky Case Game, where
one lucky viewer at home is guaranteed to win one million dollars. In
addition, "Deal or No Deal" celebrates Sunday Night Football with NFL
Hall of Famers on Wednesday, Sept. 19, before moving to its regular
Wednesday / Friday schedule on Sept. 26, with a "Million Dollar
Mission" – where each game will have one additional one million dollar
case, until someone wins a million dollars, up to a six-one million
dollar case game.
When Nashville contestant Donna DiBiase takes the stage in the premiere episode on Monday, Sept. 17 (8-9 p.m. ET), she is surprised to discover that the Banker is still on summer vacation! She didn’t have to wonder long who will be making her the offers when, for the first time ever, the Banker’s Office is opened, and the ultimate New York deal-maker himself, Donald Trump, is revealed as the surprise guest banker for the night.
Then on Wednesday, Sept. 19 (8-9 p.m.), it’s an NFL extravaganza when the set is transformed to look like a field, the models appear in fitted football jersey dresses, and eight NFL Hall of Famers, Marcus Allen, Wayne Chrebet, Terrell Davis, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Jerry Rice, Kordell Stewart and Rod Woodson, join contestant and Indianapolis Colts super-fan George Barnes as "Deal or No Deal" celebrates Sunday Night Football Night. In addition, during the show viewers will be notified that they can bid on footballs, helmets and other items that these legends had signed, with the proceeds to benefit the Players Dire Need Fund (www.nflauction.nfl.com).
In addition, one lucky viewer at home will have a chance to win one million dollars, which would be paid out as an annuity, with the "Play at Home Lucky Case Game," a live interactive game where viewers can text on their cell phones or by logging onto the "Deal or No Deal" website at www.nbc.com/DOND. This unprecedented $1 million game will be open during the premiere and second episode, and Howie Mandel will name the lucky winner live on Wednesday, September 26. Also, in this episode, the show will begin its "Million Dollar Mission" to give away one million dollars to one of the contestants. Each game will add an additional $1 million case to increase the odds for the contestant to pick a million dollar case, up to six $1 million cases.
Following the premiere week, "Deal or No Deal" will air Wednesday s (8-9 p.m. ET) and Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET) on a weekly basis in its regular time periods beginning Wednesday, September 26.