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ABC wants more ‘Laughs’

Network picks up 13 more episodes

No joke, ABC has picked up 13 more episodes of its hidden-camera laffer “Just for Laughs.”

Show has stood out as one of the Alphabet web’s few success stories this summer, averaging a 2.5 rating and 9 share among adults 18-49, as well as 7.4 million viewers, since bowing on July 17.

“Just for Laughs” could easily serve as a utility player for the net, in the event that one of its new half-hours fail. ABC could also keep “Just for Laughs” in its arsenal as strike-contingency programming.

Show reps the first Canadian series to earn a timeslot on a major U.S. broadcast web. Aired in Canada as “Just for Laughs Gags,” the show has run in more than 125 countries and is a staple on airlines across the globe.

Laffer is the latest in a long line of shows that have populated primetime over the years featuring practical jokes, hidden cameras and unsuspecting marks.

“Just for Laughs” comes from the Montreal-based comedy organization of the same name, which recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its annual festival. “Just for Laughs” also has management offices in L.A., Paris and Montreal.

Pierre Girard exec produces “Just for Laughs,” which is hosted by Rick Miller.

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