Global and NBC renew Made-in-Canada primetime series "Howie Do It"



    
                12 ADDITIONAL EPISODES OF HOWIE MANDEL COMEDY
                       TO AIR IN SIMULCAST THIS SPRING

             SERIES HAS BEEN SECRETLY SHOOTING ON THE STREETS OF
                         TORONTO SINCE EARLY JANUARY

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    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Canwest Broadcasting today announced that its
hugely successful original series "Howie Do It" starring Canadian superstar
Howie Mandel has been renewed for 12 additional episodes by Global Television
and NBC.
    The hidden-camera series, shot on location in Canada, has been a Friday
night ratings hit for Global in Canada and NBC in the US. "Howie Do It"
features Mandel and his team of professional pranksters as they take to the
streets and perform hoaxes and tricks on unsuspecting targets.
    In a surprise twist, Global also revealed today that Mandel has been in
Toronto since early in the new year secretly shooting new episodes.
    "Due to its hidden-camera approach, Howie asked that we not announce the
program's renewal until he had completed shooting in Toronto," said Christine
Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. "We are now
thrilled to reveal that the series will be back and once again feature a
stellar cast of unsuspecting Canadians. Howie and his crew are continuing to
shoot in other parts of Canada."
    "Howie Do It", a co-production with NBC, airs Fridays at 8pm in both
Canada and the United States. The initial series order was six episodes.
    "Howie Do It" is a Canwest Original series, produced in association with
Alevy Productions and 3 Arts. Mandel, Scott Hallock ("Scare Tactics"), Kevin
Healey ("Spy TV"), Morgan Elliot and Michael Rotenberg serve as the executive
producers.

    About Canwest Originals

    Canwest is the proud home of the most diverse slate of Canadian Original
programs across the Dramatic, Lifestyle and Entertainment genres. As a
steadfast supporter of the Canadian production community, Canwest is dedicated
to bringing the best of the country to audiences nationwide - including award
winning shows such as; Project Runway Canada, 'da Kink In My Hair, The Guard,
Sarah's House, Holmes on Homes, Restaurant Makeover, Rent-A-Goalie, Kenny vs.
Spenny, and the nation's number one entertainment newsmagazine Entertainment
Tonight Canada.

    About Canwest Broadcasting:

    Canwest Broadcasting operates two conventional television networks,
Global Television and E!, and 18 of the country's most popular specialty
channels, including HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase,
History Television, Food Network and TVtropolis. Canwest Broadcasting is a
division of Canwest Media Inc.

    About Canwest Media Inc.

    Canwest Media Inc is a subsidiary of Canwest Global Communications Corp.
(www.canwest.com; TSX: CGS and CGS.A). An international media company, Canwest
is Canada's largest publisher of paid English language daily newspapers and
owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television,
out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio
stations in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Grace Park, Global & E!, (416)
967-2484, gpark@canwest.com


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