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OFFBEAT: Valparaiso woman appears as contestant today on CBS 'Let's Make A Deal'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2014-01-06T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Valparaiso woman appears as contestant today on CBS 'Let's Make A Deal'By Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Today's frigid weather temps is an ideal reason to stay inside and indulge in some daytime television.

TV publicist Katherine Taylor tipped me off that a local face from our readership is competing for big bucks today on CBS game show "Let's Make A Deal."

Kelsey Dougherty appears on today's 9 a.m. episode that airs of Chicago's WBBM CBS Channel 2.

"We would love for you to share this with the community to tune-in to cheer her on as they face DEALS and ZONKS!" Taylor said.

Today also kicks off "Big Money Week," as the game show rings in the new year by giving lucky trading contestants the opportunity to compete for more than $700,000 in cash and prizes.

In each episode during the week, one unsuspecting contestant has the chance to win $20,000 as part of a special deal that will suddenly appear during the show. In addition to the $20,000 surprise, host Wayne Brady will still deal with other contestants for great incentives like cars, one-of-a-kind trips, amazing prizes. At the end of each episode, the top contestant gets a chance to go for the "Big Deal of the Day."

CBS Daytime has been No. 1 in day programming for 27 consecutive years, with the network's balance of dramas, game shows and talk shows. The network's daytime lineup includes television's No. 1-rated daytime program and longest-running game show "The Price is Right," which just welcomed back previous host Bob Barker last month on his 90th birthday, as he was saluted by current host Drew Carey. The No. 1 ranking daytime drama is "The Young and the Restless," also on CBS, followed by "The Bold and the Beautiful."

On the subject of birthdays, the previous host of "Let's Make A Deal," Monty Hall, celebrated his 92nd birthday in August 2013. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards and appeared on this new incarnation of his popular game show in October holding his special Emmy. And previously, last March, Hall along with his counterpart assisting model from the original series, "the Lovely" Carol Merrill, who is now 73, made joint appearance together on this new CBS version (which first launched with Brady as the host in 2008) as part of the game show's 50th Anniversary celebration.

Game show gab

Here's more reader feedback about last week's column mentioning the change of hosts for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." Reader Geraldine Pearman of Griffith counters with the following opinion: "Reading what the woman wrote you last week about Cedric the Entertainer taking over for Meredith Vieira inspired me to share another view. We liked Meredith, but she had been with the show long enough and it was time for a change. We love Cedric and his stylish change of wardrobe. He's just terrific. I don't know what that other woman was talking about."

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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