[04/01/11 - 04:42 PM]
Prepare to Be "Mobbed" Again, America! FOX Orders Eight Additional One-Hour Episodes
Last night's debut episode was the most-watched unscripted telecast to follow an "American Idol" episode in over two years.

[via press release from FOX]



FOX Orders Eight Additional One-Hour Episodes

On the heels of its successful debut last night, it was announced today that eight additional installments of the unscripted special MOBBED, hosted and executive-produced by Howie Mandel, will air on FOX.

"MOBBED exceeded our expectations in every way last night," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "The show clearly connected with viewers, and we look forward to working with Howie and his team as they travel across the country to capture more of the shocking surprises, grand-scale performances and extraordinarily heartfelt moments featured in the first episode."

"Doing this project was a huge undertaking - it was like doing television without a net," said Mandel. "And I can't tell you how thrilled I am that FOX is giving us an opportunity to keep pushing the envelope."

The debut episode of MOBBED was the most-watched unscripted telecast to follow an AMERICAN IDOL episode in over two years in Total Viewers and outperformed FOX's prior season average so far in the Thursday 9:00 PM hour by +36% among Adults 18-49.

In MOBBED, Mandel and thousands of strangers will help individuals across the country plan extraordinary surprises for friends, family members, loved ones or co-workers. These unknowing participants will be shocked and stunned by surprise performances that lead up to fantastic reveals that include a husband learning that his wife is pregnant, an applicant finding out that she got the job and a soldier returning home from war, among others.

Throughout each hour, the individuals will be shown prepping for the event - rehearsing their routines and refining their announcements - all while receiving guidance from host Mandel. Then, on the day of the big event - with the hidden cameras rolling - the detailed plan comes to fruition and suddenly explodes into a song-and-dance spectacle they are sure never to forget. What begins as a few dancers evolves into a grand-scale performance that wraps up with a life-changing announcement for the participants like nothing ever seen on TV.

Shine International will distribute the MOBBED format and finished episodes internationally.

MOBBED is produced by Alevy Productions and Angel City Factory. Howie Mandel, Chris Cowan, Jean-Michel Michenaud, Mike Marks, Darryl Trell, Howard Kitrosser and Michael Rotenberg serve as executive producers. It is based on a format created by Mandel, Trell and Kitrosser.

About Alevy Productions

Alevy is Howie Mandel's Universal-based company that is run by Mike Marks. Alevy has produced "Howie Do It" and has several other projects in various stages of production, including "Flipping Dixie" and a hidden-camera presentation. They are also in development on a game show based on the bestselling iPhone App "The Impossible Quiz" and a scripted drama executive-produced by Bryan Fuller, as well as half-hour projects for Canadian television.

About Angel City Factory

Angel City Factory was set up in July 2009 in the United States by Banijay Entertainment with award-winning executive producers Chris Cowan and Jean-Michel Michenaud, the creators of "Temptation Island," "Joe Millionaire" and "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fianc´┐Ż." Cowan and Michenaud have produced and delivered hundreds of hours of network television over the past decade, including "Trading Spouses" and "Duel."

About Shine International

Shine International is the sales and distribution arm of Shine Group, a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Shine International distributes programming from the growing library of programming of the Shine Group, including Reveille, Kudos, Dragonfly, Princess Productions, Brown Eyed Boy, Shine TV, Shine France, Shine Germany and Shine Australia as well as Metronome, along with a broad array of programming acquired from independent producers and U.S. networks, to more than 150 countries worldwide.

  [april 2011]  


[10/09/15 - 04:00 PM]
NBC Picks Up the Back Nine Episodes of "Blindspot"
The drama has scored as the fall season's #1-rated new series in adults 18-49.

[10/09/15 - 03:50 PM]
MTV's "Teen Wolf" Sinks Teeth Into New York Comic Con, Reveals New Trailer, New Night and a Shocking Return
The series will return to MTV for the second half of season five on a brand new day Tuesday, January 5 at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/09/15 - 02:35 PM]
CBS Orders "American Gothic," A New Drama Series from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios, For Broadcast in Summer 2016
Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin Television, James Frey of Full Fathom Five and Corinne Brinkerhoff, who is writing the script, will serve as executive producers.

[10/09/15 - 01:27 PM]
"Blindspot" Is Television's #1 Gainer in Total Viewers for a 2nd Straight Week
NBC further spins the numbers for Sunday, October 4 and Monday, October 5.

[10/09/15 - 12:51 PM]
Disney XD Orders Second Season of Animated Series "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy"
"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" season two is currently in production and slated to premiere in 2017.

[10/09/15 - 12:36 PM]
Pop on Over to Joy Behar's Place for Some "Late Night Joy" on TLC
The series is produced by True Entertainment and Behar's JoyBee Productions.

[10/09/15 - 12:24 PM]
Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper Returns as Sen. Edward Morra, On "Limitless," Tuesday, Oct. 27
The news was announced today by executive producer Craig Sweeny at the series' New York Comic Con panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

[10/09/15 - 10:55 AM]
CBS News Continues to Grow in Audiences and Key Demographics
CBS News spins the numbers for the week of September 28-October 4.

[10/09/15 - 10:41 AM]
ABC to Bump "Beyond the Tank" Indefinitely; "Shark Tank" Repeat Set for Tuesday, October 13
The Alphabet will encore the season premiere of the parent series this Tuesday at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/09/15 - 10:18 AM]
Esquire Network Orders New High-Octane Competition Series "Team Ninja Warrior"
For the first time in ninja history, the mother of all obstacle courses is now built for two.

[10/09/15 - 10:18 AM]
With L+3 Added, CBS Has Four of the Week's Top Five and Seven of the Top 10 Scripted Broadcasts
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 28-October 4.

[10/09/15 - 09:57 AM]
"Fear the Walking Dead" Delivers the Highest-Rated First Season of Any Series in Cable History Among Total Viewers and All Key Demos
AMC spins the numbers for the season to date.

[10/09/15 - 09:36 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: ABC's "Quantico" Is the Season's First New Scripted Show to Grow Over Its Debut in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Sunday, October 4.

[10/09/15 - 09:20 AM]
ABC Family Announces January 2016 Premiere Date for Its Returning Hit Series "Pretty Little Liars"
In advance of the celebrated return of the fan favorite, the network will also air "Pretty Little Liars: 5 Years Forward," a one-hour behind-the-scenes glimpse at the highly anticipated series time jump on Tuesday, November 24.

[10/09/15 - 09:06 AM]
Disney's "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar" Primetime Television Movie Event to Air on Disney Channel
"The Lion Guard" television series will premiere in early 2016.