'Glee' helped Howie Mandel get 'Mobbed'


Flash mobs existed before "Glee" helped popularize them, but the show didn't hurt Howie Mandel in selling a new special to FOX.The comedian, actor and "Deal or No Deal" veteran is the host and a producer of "Mobbed," which amps up the concept of seemingly spontaneous song-and-dance numbers staged by large groups in public places. Airing Thursday, March 31, the hour covers everything from a marriage proposal to a pregnancy announcement. And does it very musically.Speaking from Seattle -- where he's been watching auditions as a returning judge for the forthcoming sixth season of NBC's "America's Got Talent" -- Mandel tells Zap2it that the makers of "Glee" understand "what is popular right now. They did a flash mob [on the show], but flash mobs have been around for years."FOX has been exploiting this musical arena, whether it's 'Glee' or 'American Idol.' It's just that world, and no one is doing it like FOX right now,...



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