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ABC orders prank show inspired by Ellen DeGeneres

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Wendi McLendon Covey
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ABC is bringing back the prime-time prank show: The network is launching a new reality stunt series that’s inspired by a popular segment on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show.

ABC has greenlit Repeat After Me starring The Goldbergs actress Wendi McLendon-Covey. In each episode, McLendon-Covey will instruct celebrities, via a remote ear piece, how to interact with everyday people in comedic hidden-camera situations. At the end of each half-hour episode, the best moment of the night will be selected in front of a live studio audience. The pilot episode features Ellen Pompeo, Taye Diggs and Harry Connick, Jr.

The idea is based on a popular segment on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and DeGeneres will serve as an executive producer on the series, along with Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin A. Leman II, Jason Goldberg, James Breen and Jeff Kleeman.

ABC will launch Repeat After Me on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 8:30 p.m. We’ll have a preview clip shortly, so check back for more.

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