The 13 players competing in Deal or No Deal Island, the new, fully immersive twist on the beloved game show, have been revealed. The series is hosted by Joe Manganiello and executive-produced by Howie Mandel.
Deal or No Deal Island is set to premiere on February 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC before moving to its regular timeslot at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Mar. 4. All episodes will be available the next day on Peacock. A special 30-minute preview of Deal or No Deal Island is set to air on Saturday, January 13, after the NFL Wildcard game on NBC.
Included in the lineup are reality TV fan favorites “Boston” Rob Mariano and Claudia Jordan, who will be vying to get their hands on valuable briefcases hidden on the elusive Banker’s private island. You can view the full list of contestants seeking those riches below.
In Deal or No Deal Island, the iconic briefcases are hidden around the island and worth over $200 million in prize money split between them. In each episode, players compete in daring challenges to secure the briefcases that will be used in that night’s game of Deal or No Deal.
The player who snags the highest-value case gains immunity and gets to choose a fellow player to enter “The Temple.”
The chosen competitor must then play a high-stakes game of Deal or No Deal. If the player makes a “bad deal” and accepts an offer that is of lesser value than what is in their chosen case, they are immediately eliminated. If the player makes a “good deal” and accepts an offer that is a higher value than what is in their case, the power is in their hands, and they get to select who to eliminate.
The winnings from each game of Deal or No Deal will be added to a group pot that will grow to an exponential value throughout the season. At the end of the season, the last player standing will face the Banker to potentially win the biggest prize in Deal or No Deal history.
However, the devious Banker is always watching and raising the stakes with tests of strategy and greed. Manganiello will serve as the gaming liaison – an intermediary between the Banker and contestants – overseeing gameplay and helping to navigate them through tough, life-changing decisions.
The executive producers include Matt Kunitz, Matt Apps, Sarah Happel Jackson, Howie Mandel, and Endemol Shine North America’s Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, and Sean Loughlin.
DEAL OR NO DEAL ISLAND CONTESTANTS
Dawson Addis, 25 | Muskego, WI
Aron Barbell, 26 | Champaign, IL
Jordan Fowler Bull, 29 | Nashville, TN
Nick Grasso, 29 | Brooklyn, NY
Miranda Harrison, 30 | Fort Myers, FL
Claudia Jordan, 50 | Dallas, TX
Alyssa Klinzing, 26 | Kansas City, MO
“Boston” Rob Mariano, 47 | Perdido Keys, FL
Kim Mattina, 63 | Anthem, AZ
Amy McCoy, 42 | Oklahoma City, OK
Dr. Stephanie Mitchell, 41 | Gainesville, AL
Jamil Sipes, 47 | Grand Prairie, TX
Brantzen Wong, 31 | Tustin, CA
In addition to the contestants, models Ben Crofchick and Kamari Love join the cast as the Banker’s Assistants – hired to keep a watchful eye on the valuable briefcases hidden throughout the island and assist with the cases in each pivotal game of Deal or No Deal.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.