Howie Do It will continue to do it

When Howie Mandel's new hidden-camera show is considered enough of a success that it gets picked up for a full season, it's either a reflection of the sad state of television in general, or the sad state of NBC. Probably both.

NBC has picked up Howie Do It for an additional 12 episodes, reports Variety, following a decent performance on Friday nights. Its ratings may not be off the charts (its averaging 6.5 million viewers and a 1.9 rating/6 share in the 18-49 demo), but it has improved on its predecessors Crusoe and America's Toughest Jobs.

In the program, Mandel goes under various guises and plays practical jokes on unsuspecting normal people in his hometown of Toronto, Canada. The show is also on the Canadian channel Global Television.

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