Joe Manganiello is moving into unscripted.
The True Blood star is to host Deal or No Deal Island, the new spinoff of the classic entertainment format.
The NBC series will see 13 players transported to the elusive Banker’s private island to compete for cash.
Howie Mandel, who serves as an exec producer of the new series, previously hosted the show, which is based on Banijay’s Dutch format. It previously ran on NBC from 2005 and 2009. It returned with host Howie Mandel for a holiday special in 2018 and then ran original episodes on CNBC.
It is produced by Endemol Shine North America with exec producers Matt Kunitz, Matt Apps, Sarah Happel Jackson, Levy, DJ Nurre, Sean Loughlin and Mandel.
Manganiello’s next film role is in The Kill Room with Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson, which opens this month and he just wrapped production on Nonnas with Vince Vaughn.
“The role of Deal or No Deal host has always been held by someone charming, hilarious and devastatingly handsome,” said Corie Henson, EVP, Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Entertainment. “When we took the show out of the studio and transported the game to the Banker’s island, Joe was the obvious choice. He loves all kinds of games, lives for adventure and isn’t afraid to stare down a snake or two to help players win a life-changing payday and, hopefully, beat the Banker at his own game.”
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