WASHINGTON, January 2, 2013 —As the holiday season comes to a close, network TV is slowly replacing a schedule full of reruns with new episodes and midseason premieres. Among these is the return of yet another show featuring Howie Mandel.
Mobbed, which premiered in 2011 on FOX, is a reality show that uses flash mobs to reveal big news to unsuspecting participants. The show is the creation of its host, Howie Mandel. Five new episodes are scheduled, including back-to-back episodes tonight and tomorrow night, with the fifth and final episode scheduled to air Thursday, Jan. 10th.
I still remember Mandel from his days as a comedian, and how part of his act included placing latex glove over his head and inflating it by blowing through his nose. It was hardly high brow entertainment, but definitely a memorable trademark.
Mandel went from stand-up comedy to a successful six year run on the hospital drama St Elsewhere that established his presence in Hollywood, and laid the ground work for his current prolific television presence. Along with Mobbed, Mandel also currently hosts Take It All, and is expected to return as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
Howie Mandel is currently worth $80 million dollars, and earns $70,000 per episode of America’s Got Talent. That’s not too shabby for a Canadian-born comedian who has publicly admitted he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and Mysophobia, (an irrational fear of germs).
Isn’t it amazing the kind of success that hard work, perseverance, and a little craziness can lead to these days?
ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) To help Brick’s interactions with people, the school therapist urges Frankie and Mike to get him a small pet, but the ill-tempered bunny they give him teaches the family the true meaning of evil. Meanwhile, Axl dates two cheerleaders.
CBS: Mike and Molly: (Repeat) Carl sets his sights high when he attempts to get a date with an extremely attractive woman, played by Holly Robinson Peete.
FOX: Mobbed: (New) Howie Mandel and thousands of strangers plan a surprise for a devoted husband and father.
NBC: Whitney: (New) Tensions rise when Alex’s ex-girlfriend drops by for a weekend visit.
CW: Arrow: (Repeat) After Detective Lance arrests Oliver for murder, Oliver tells Moira the only lawyer he’ll allow to represent him is Laurel. Laurel takes the case which puts her at odds with her father.
ABC: The Neighbors: (Repeat) Looking for a break from their neighbors, Marty and Debbie make plans with their human friends.
CBS: Mike and Molly: (Repeat) Mike talks his mom into getting a job, never thinking it will interfere with Molly’s life.
NBC: Guys With Kids: (New) As they wait for their baby to utter his first word, Chris and Sheila recount their early days together.
ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Jay and Gloria host a yard sale to help with a school fundraiser; Mitch and Cam vet Alex’s new friend; Manny finds a trunk full of secrets.
CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) Gideon and Hotch interview a couple on death row for serial-murder convictions hours before their executions to see if there are undiscovered bodies, and Gideon suspects the woman may be innocent.
FOX: Mobbed: (New) Howie Mandel and thousands of strangers help a woman plan a surprise for her friend and coworker.
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: (New) While investigating an assault on a priest, Tutuola and Rollins uncover a church scandal.
CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) talks Sam and Dean into checking in on his mother (guest star Lauren Tom). When they arrive, they see that Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) has surrounded her with demons so they rescue her and take her along on their quest to find the tablet.
ABC: Suburgatory: (Repeat) George assumes that Tessa will be thrilled to go on an excursion with her mother in New York, but Tessa finds herself missing Chatswin and her father; the Shay family is thrown into turmoil when Ryan finds out he was adopted.
ABC: Nashville: The Whole Story: (New) Clips reveal Rayna James’ and Juliette Barnes’ intersecting stories.
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (Repeat) A police dog is blamed for a cop’s death, but the CSIs discover there is more to the case. Meanwhile, Finlay and Morgan investigate the murder of a high-profile divorce lawyer.
NBC: Chicago Fire: (New) Emotions run high at the station when a horrific accident hospitalizes one of their own. Meanwhile, Casey is forced to juggle two family dramas - his own and Cruz’s.
New episodes of:
Amish Mafia at 9 p.m. on DSC
Restaurant Impossible at 9 p.m. on Food Channel
Toddlers & Tiaras at 9 p.m. on TLC
Top Chef at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Moonshiners at 10 p.m. on DSC
American Restoration at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel
Hell on the Highway at 10 p.m. on NGC
Fast Foods Gone Global at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel
Cheer Perfection at 10 p.m. on TLC
For movie lovers:
Jerry Maguire on AMC
Finding Nemo on ENC
The Bounty Hunter on FMC
Project Nim on HBO
HIGH School on SHO
Dummy on TMC
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island on HBO
The Dilemma on HBO
Asylum Blackout on MOMAX
John Carter on STARZ
Platinum Blonde at 9:30 on TCM
Going Overboard at 9:35 p.m. on STARZ
In Time at 10 p.m. on HBO
I, Robot at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
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