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ABC makes deal with 'Deal or no deal'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- ABC has agreed to air on U.S. networks six episodes of "Deal or No Deal," a popular game show overseas, which gives the final contestant a shot at $2 million.

The show is the network's first foray into game shows since "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" went off the air in 2002, Daily Variety reported Thursday. "Millionaire" continues to air in syndication.

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"There's a feeling out there that the game is coming back," said David Goldberg, president of Endemol USA, which produces "Deal or No Deal."

"It's part of the natural ebb and flow of genres," he said.

"Deal or No Deal," popular in Italy, Holland, Australia and Argentina, begins with 100 contestants. The group is divided into teams that continue to compete until the final round, when one studio audience member wins a shot at taking home $2 million.

At that point, the contestant is presented with 26 briefcases, carried by models, as well as their own briefcase. The contestant must decide to keep his own case or trade for another. The cases contain anything from a few cents to $2 million.

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