Though NBC had mixed results with their Howie Do It, the alphabet network has decided to bring back their own hidden camera show.
An import from Canada, Just for Laughs captures pranks, tricks, and practical jokes played on unsuspecting victims. Whether it’s a jumping cake, an out-of-control wheelchair, a fake skunk, or two ladies with walkers in the middle of a street, the show keeps its unsuspecting victims guessing and confused.
Hosted by Rick Miller, the series began its US run in the Summer of 2007. Laughs completed its first season in September of that year and was a strong enough performer to be renewed for a second run.
Year two began airing in January 2008 and didn’t perform as well as expected. In May, Laughs was cancelled after having completed its second season.
Times have now changed and ABC has decided to give the show another try. The network has ordered new half-hour installments of Laughs. The new episodes will start airing at 7pm this Sunday, June 21st, paired with abbreviated reruns of America’s Funniest Home Videos.
There’s no word on how many new installments have been ordered but, if the show performs well, Laughs is expected to remain in its Sunday night timeslot for the remainder of the Summer.
What do you think? Does Laughs deserve a second chance? Is this hidden camera show better than the others?
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