Best known for his hidden camera antics, Howie Mandel is taking his tricks of the trade over to Fox!
Mandel will be the host and executive producer of Mobbed, a show that will incorporate “flash mob” elements into the classic hidden camera genre. The reality special will hit the air Thursday, March 31 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Fox, behind American Idol, where it will replace a previously announced sneak preview of Jamie Foxx’s still-untitled sketch comedy show [which Fox said will now premiere in June instead].
Mobbed will feature Mandel and a cast of hundreds as they surprise family members or friends with out-of-the-blue performances that lead to a big reveal. Song-and-dance numbers are excpected; even in situations of pregnancy or job offers!
The hour special will follow participants as they rehearse their routines. “It’s so exciting to be a part of this huge musical spectacle never before attempted on this scale,” Mandel says. Flash mobs have grown in popularity over the past few years; a great example of this is the show Modern Family, which has incorporated them into storylines.
Mandel’s past prank series include NBC’s Howie Do It and the special Hidden Howie, while his other recent credits include Deal Or No Deal and America’s Got Talent.