CanWest picks up Mandel sitcom


TORONTO -- Canadian broadcaster CanWest Media has picked up NBC's upcoming Howie Mandel sitcom "Howie Do It."

CanWest's Global Television network will simulcast the unscripted comedy to be shot in Canada by Mandel's production shingle Alevy Prods.

Global Television already airs NBC's "Deal or No Deal" game show, and last year produced a local "Deal or No Deal Canada" version, also with Toronto-born Mandel as host.

Mandel, the series' creator, will share executive producer credits with Scott Hallock, Kevin Healey, Morgan Elliot and Michael Rotenberg.