Howie do it

Global Television and NBC confirmed today its broadcasting deal with Howie Mandel (host of hit game show “Deal or No Deal”) for an unscripted comedy series “Howie Do It” (working title) in which he will star and produce. The series will be filmed in Canada. The Global and NBC broadcast simulcast is slated for 08/09.

“We are thrilled to be co-commissioning this project with NBC from Howie Mandel’s production company. Following the enormous success of “Deal or No Deal Canada” on Global last year and the continued appeal of the original series “Deal or No Deal”, we are excited to be the exclusive Canadian broadcasting partner for this brand new series,” said Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President, Content, Canwest Broadcasting.

“America loves Howie and we’re so lucky to have another great show that will showcase his unique signature humour,” said Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.

The series is from Mandel’s production company Alevy Production in association with 3 Arts. Mandel, Scott Hallock (“Scare Tactics”), Kevin Healey (“Spy TV”), Morgan Elliot and Michael Rotenberg are the executive producers.

Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, ranging from television to film and stage. From his work on the Emmy Award-winning “St. Elsewhere” to the international (and also Emmy-nominated) “Bobby’s World”, Mandel has become a mainstay of the international comedy scene.

Mandel’s Emmy-nominated animated children series “Bobby’s World” ran eight seasons on Fox and now appears in syndication six days a week in

65 countries. As the series’ creator and executive producer, Mandel was closely involved in its writing, as well as providing the voice of Bobby, Bobby’s dad and other characters. Mandel attributes the show’s success to drawing the storylines from real life.

Mandel has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. He has also hosted his own syndicated talk show “The Howie Mandel Show”, and continues to be a mainstay on the talk-show circuit.

He frequently appears on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, performing his signature hidden-camera bits. He also is one of the first people that Regis Philbin calls to fill in for him when he takes a vacation from “Live with Regis and Kelly”. Mandel also continues to perform as many as 200 concerts a year throughout the United States and Canada.