Fox, Mandel get ‘Mobbed’

Flash mob special to air in March

Fox and Howie Mandel are diving into the flash mob phenomenon with “Mobbed,” a special that will air March 31 in a timeslot following “American Idol.”

Mandel will host the hourlong show, which logically would be a candidate to become a recurring offering if the ratings showed promise. Fox had originally intended to air the untitled Jamie Foxx/Affion Crockett sketch comedy show in the slot, but that has been postponed until June.

In “Mobbed,” Mandel and hundreds of strangers help special guests plan surprises for their friends or family. Hidden cameras will capture behind-the-scenes prep and the actual flash mobs themselves.

“It’s so exciting to be a part of this huge musical spectacle never before attempted on this scale,” Mandel said.

“Mobbed” has a veritable mob of executive producers: Chris Cowan, Jean-Michel Michenaud, Mike Marks, Darryl Trell, Howard Kitrosser, Kevin Healey and Michael Rotenberg along with Mandel, who created the format with Trell and Kitrosser.

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