Mobbed: FOX Orders Eight More Episodes

MobbedFollowing the successful debut of Howie Mandel’s new reality venture, Mobbed, FOX has ordered eight more installments. The network isn’t calling Mobbed a TV show yet, just a bunch of specials. If the future installments also perform well, it could certainly become a regular TV series.

Here’s the 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 Fiance.” 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.

What do you think? Would you like to see Mobbed become a regular weekly series?

79 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    This show is amazing and I defibally think it should start up another season and if it doesn’t, I sure will be disappointed!

  2. Karen says

    I am flabbergasted that so many people like this show. I agree with a previous poster that this “flashmob” atmosphere just trivializes these important moments. Even the marriage proposals….there aren’t too many women who would feel free to say no in front of so many people (to either the proposal OR the plan to get married on the spot). Then they toss a dress on her, velcro it up and plop a tiara on her head and she gets married, never having a chance to recover from her shocked and dazed state. I am sure that is no woman’s dream wedding scenario! Or how about the little boy being put in the position of being “introduced” to his grandmother who never knew her daughter had a baby. He was made to sing and dance and hand her flowers. What if she had tossed those flowers to the floor in shock and anger and broken that little boys heart? This is just not a good idea whatever way you look at it. It should be cancelled

  3. Caroline Rust says

    I would love the tv show mobbed to come back…..

    Thinking about having it done to my daughter.

  4. Shawndra W. says

    Awesome show! I look for it every week! I love the creativity of the whole thing. I have protected a couple of them on my dvr to show our friends. Please bring us some more!

  5. Win says

    One of the best shows ever!! What ever you do you need to keep this going. This show could and should be bigger then Idol!!

  6. says

    after you watch this show mobbed you have a smile on your face if your human thank you howie for giving us something to enjoy and the whole family can watch …howie ,with his adorable personality brings it home ,i look forward to the next episode and many more to follow ..i love this show—annie

  7. Cindy says

    Yes we love mobbed! It is the best show on TV and Howie Mandel is great! Keep up the good work we need more shows with some values on TV!

  8. Linda Siqueland says

    My Sister told me about this show. I was so amazed, I put it on pause and called her right away to thank her for telling me about Mobbed. It is the most emotionally entertaining show I have ever seen. My whole family loves this show and are anxiously anticipating the next season. Please, Please , Please dont take away our new favorite show…, love, love it !!!!

    The Siqueland family

  9. B J Comer says

    Howie has sunk to a new low! This was the most ridiculous TV show I have ever seen. How could you trivialize the personal and moving first meeting of a father and son for with giggles, joking and absurd street dancing. Was ALL of that fake? I love Howie but he began losing it when he cut his curls and went for the bald look! Bring back Howie and the rubber chicken! Stop with the waste of dancers’ talents on junk like this show!!!

  10. Cathy Lindich says

    The show is totally awesome! Howie, please find a way to convince Fox to keep it going and get it on a regular schedule. We miss episodes because we never know when it’s coming on. The episodes that we do see are positively the best!! Love them!! Kudos to the entire staff that pull off this incredible job to make this show so enjoyable! Fox, we want more “Mobbed!” Please keep it going.

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