Deal or No Deal to shoot five episodes in Toronto

Howie Mandel is coming home, and he's bringing his primetime game show with him. The hot property's about to be made in Canada, and it's sure to get push through CanWest's broadcast, print and online channels.

Global Television is bringing a Canadian version of the gameshow Deal or No Deal to Toronto. On Oct. 23, Global announced an agreement with Endemol USA to produce five special editions of the primetime hit on location in Toronto in January 2007. Toronto-based Insight Productions and Endemol USA will produce the five, hour-long episodes for broadcast exclusively in Canada. Led by Canadian host Howie Mandel, the series will air in Spring 2007.

Details on related contesting for the special Canadian five-night engagement will be revealed in the days to come. The show currently airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. CanWest Mediaworks senior VP programming and production Barbara Williams says, ‘Every aspect of the project and the production – from the creation of the dynamic Deal or No Deal on-air signature look, to opening up an opportunity for Canadians nationwide to get involved in the fun – is a challenge that we are eager to take on, and one that’s sure to generate buzz with audiences and industry alike.’