The Howie Mandel Show

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The Howie Mandel Show is an American television variety show hosted by comedian Howie Mandel. The series was launched in daytime syndication in spring 1998 and ran for approximately a year before it was canceled in April 1999.

Background[edit]

The Howie Mandel Show was taped at NBC Studios in Burbank. The show recorded in Studio 1, which was the same studio Johnny Carson taped The Tonight Show in. Paramount Domestic Television served as distributor.

Mandel's show had an in studio band led by Steve Goldstein, referred to on air as the Studio One Band. Mandel would often banter with Goldstein during the opening to the show, which always consisted of a brief monologue by the host. Two celebrities were usually featured along with a musical guest.

Mandel's first guest was Jennifer Aniston.[1] Jay Leno also appeared on the premiere to wish Mandel luck.

The program also featured up and comers as musical acts. For instance, a young Britney Spears made her first performance appearance on Mandel's show in early 1999.

Despite all this, the show never drew well in the ratings and Paramount pulled the plug after almost a year.

Throughout its run, the series was rated TV-PG, primarily due to the fact that Mandel frequently used the word "penis" on air; a running gag in the series was that Mandel and his guests were allowed to freely use the word.

One of the show's recurring segments has lived on since its cancellation. Mandel would often take hidden cameras with him wherever he would go, and those segments eventually led to a recurring Tonight Show spot called "Hidden Howie" and the TV series Howie Do It.

References[edit]

  1. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 303. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1. 


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