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NBC Renews ‘Howie Do It’

"Howie Do It"? Apparently, pretty well.

NBC has given the thumbs up to 12 more episodes of the Howie Mandel hidden-camera comedy "Howie Do It," the network announced Thursday. The episodes are already in production.

Mr. Mandel's show premiered earlier this month and has increased NBC's low-rated Friday 8 p.m. hour by 64 percent in adults 18-49 vs. earlier this season.

"'Howie Do It' has proven to be a solid performer for NBC on Friday nights," said Paul Telegdy, executive vice president of alternative programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios.

This represents Mr. Telegdy's first series renewal since landing at NBC at the start of the year.

"Howie Do It" is a U.S.-Canadian co-production that boasts a bevy of production companies: HDI Productions Inc., Hallock Healey Entertainment, Suddenly SeeMore Productions Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment, Canwest Broadcasting and Alevy Productions. Mr. Mandel, Scott Hallock, Kevin Healey, Michael Rotenberg, Morgan Elliott and Mike Marks serve as executive producers.

(Editor: Baumann)