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Get ready, America! You're about to get 'Mobbed'

by jmaloni
Tue, Feb 22nd 2011 02:20 pm

Unscripted special hosted by Howie Mandel

 The new unscripted special "Mobbed" will premiere Thursday, March 31 (9 p.m. ET/PT), following "American Idol" on FOX. Host Howie Mandel ("America's Got Talent," "Deal or No Deal") puts a hidden-camera spin on the "flash mob" concept. Mandel and hundreds of strangers will help special guests 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 marriage proposal, among others.

"It's so exciting to be a part of this huge musical spectacle never before attempted on this scale," said Mandel.

Throughout the hour, the guests will be shown prepping for the event - rehearsing their routines and refining their speeches - 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.

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

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