Episodes: 20 (half-hour)
TV show dates: January 9, 2009 — April 17, 2009
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Howie Mandel, Ayumi Iizuka, Ashley Wolstat, Vic Cohen, Lauren Ash, Nicole Arbour, and Alex Mandel.
TV show description:
Funnyman Howie Mandel stars in this reality-style show in which pranks are played on unsuspecting victims. Unlike predecessor Candid Camera, the television camera is openly exposed on this show but the motives remain hidden.
In each segment, the unsuspecting “marks” believe that they are either the stars of a new game show or reality show, or that they’re auditioning for a big Hollywood movie or television show. What they don’t realize is, they are the stars, but in an unexpected way and in front of millions of TV viewers.
Mandel (who’s often incognito) and his cohorts will go anywhere to play out their elaborate hoaxes. Their victims get their 15 minutes of fame but it’s in a way they never could have expected.