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Howie Do It
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Format Comedy reality
Hidden camera
Starring Howie Mandel
DJ Ravi Drums
Opening theme "This Is How We Do It" by
Montell Jordan
Country of origin  Canada
 United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Howie Mandel
Morgan Elliott
Scott Hallock
Kevin Healey
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel United States NBC
Canada Global
Original run January 9 – May 1, 2009
External links
Official website

Howie Do It is a Canadian/American comedy television series, co-commissioned by Global and NBC, that stars Howie Mandel. The series features practical jokes in the vein of earlier shows like Just for Laughs, Punk'd or Candid Camera – the supposed twist being that the cameras are in the open, not hidden as in the other series. Mandel appears, often incognito, in several of the jokes. After the big reveal, either Howie or one of his assistants then delivers the line "This is Howie Do It!" The theme song to the show is a remix of "This is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan.[1]The show premiered on NBC and Global TV on January 9, 2009. [2]

Mandel also serves as an executive producer of the series, along with Scott Hallock and Kevin Healy of Spy TV, and Morgan Elliot and Michael Rotenberg. Six episodes were ordered; the studio segments were filmed at Caesars Windsor August 24, 25 and 26, 2008. Tickets to the tapings were given out to new members of Harrah's Total Rewards program at the casino. The head of NBC's unscripted department, Craig Plestis, said that NBC's choice to share the costs of the series with Global was part of "trying to figure out new ways to do business as shows become more expensive."

US Nielsen Ratings

Episode Number Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Overall)
1 "Pilot/102" 4.7 7 2.1/7 7.68 66
2 "103/104" 3.5 6 1.8/6 6.06 115
3 "105/106" 3.4 6 1.6/6 5.54 132
4 "107/108" 3.3 5 1.5/5 5.24 141
5 "109" 3.0 4 1.3/4 4.69 190
6 "110" 2.5 4 1.2/4 4.08 267
7 "111" 2.6 5 1.1/4 3.97 289
8 "112" 2.7 5 1.3/5 4.56 199
9 "113" 2.4 5 TBA 4.03 277
10 "114" 2.5 5 1.3/5 3.89 318
11 "115" 2.5 4 1.0/4 3.20 408
12 "116" 2.1 4 1.0/4 3.11 700
13 "117" 2.1 4 1.1/4 3.06 509
14 "118" 1.9 3 1.0/3 2.47 831
15 "119" 2.0 4 0.9/3 3.34 TBA
16 "Finale" 2.2 4 1.0/4 3.29 TBA

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Howie Do It
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Format Comedy reality
Hidden camera
Starring Howie Mandel
DJ Ravi Drums
Opening theme "This Is How We Do It" by
Montell Jordan
Country of origin Canada
United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Howie Mandel
Morgan Elliott
Scott Hallock
Kevin Healey
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Global
NBC
Original run 02009-01-09 January 9, 2009 – May 1, 2009 (2009-05-01)
External links
Official website

Howie Do It is a Canadian/American comedy television series, co-commissioned by Global and NBC, that stars Howie Mandel. The series features practical jokes in the vein of earlier shows like Just for Laughs, Punk'd or Candid Camera – the supposed twist being that the cameras are in the open, not hidden as in the other series. Mandel appears, often incognito, in several of the jokes. After the big reveal, either Howie or one of his assistants then delivers the line "This is Howie Do It!" The theme song to the show is a remix of "This is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan.[1] The show premiered on NBC and Global TV on January 9, 2009.[2]

Mandel also serves as an executive producer of the series, along with Scott Hallock and Kevin Healy of Spy TV, and Morgan Elliot and Michael Rotenberg. Six episodes were ordered; the studio segments were filmed at Caesars Windsor August 24, 25 and 26, 2008. Tickets to the tapings were given out to new members of Harrah's Total Rewards program at the casino. The head of NBC's unscripted department, Craig Plestis, said that NBC's choice to share the costs of the series with Global was part of "trying to figure out new ways to do business as shows become more expensive."

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US Nielsen Ratings

Episode Number Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Overall)
1 "Pilot/102" 4.7 7 2.1/7 7.68 66
2 "103/104" 3.5 6 1.8/6 6.06 115
3 "105/106" 3.4 6 1.6/6 5.54 132
4 "107/108" 3.3 5 1.5/5 5.24 141
5 "109" 3.0 4 1.3/4 4.69 190
6 "110" 2.5 4 1.2/4 4.08 267
7 "111" 2.6 5 1.1/4 3.97 289
8 "112" 2.7 5 1.3/5 4.56 199
9 "113" 2.4 5 TBA 4.03 277
10 "114" 2.5 5 1.3/5 3.89 318
11 "115" 2.5 4 1.0/4 3.20 408
12 "116" 2.1 4 1.0/4 3.11 700
13 "117" 2.1 4 1.1/4 3.06 509
14 "118" 1.9 3 1.0/3 2.47 831
15 "119" 2.0 4 0.9/3 3.34 TBA
16 "Finale" 2.2 4 1.7/4 3.29 832

Critical response

Howie Do It got generally unfavorable reviews, scoring a 37 out of 100 on metacritic.com. The Washington Post said "Howie Do It not only drags contestants, and viewers, through gratuitous mud and muck but it also is haunted by the aura of plagiarism; the set-up of one sequence is highly reminiscent of a bit that David Letterman has done on his late-night talk show," and The Boston Globe saying "It's sad, really, how unimaginative Howie Do It is. Given all the resources at NBC's disposal, and given the fact that NBC is desperate to regain ratings footing, this is the best the executives could come up with?" The Hollywood Reporter gave it mixed reviews saying "There have been far nastier hidden-camera efforts than this. Better ones, too. Yet to be sure, in the opening hour, Howie Do It at least delivers laughs more often than it inspires groans."[3]

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