NBC, searching for a hit series to complement Little House on the Prairie, suddenly began to develop a whole new batch of hits in the early 80's. Most of you know, of course, about Knight Rider and The A-Team, part of the class of 1982-3, as well as The Facts of Life and its parent series, Diff'rent Strokes. Part of the 1982 class was TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes.
Borne out of a series of specials about censored material and commercials, this Candid Camera crossed with otherwise classified blooper reels became a weekly series as a collaborative effort between TV icons Johnny Carson and Dick Clark, whose respective production companies co-produced the series. Carson sent over his sidekick from The Tonight Show, Ed McMahon, to be Clark's broadcast partner, as if Clark, who was still doing American Bandstand for ABC at the time, needed another gig. Charlie O'Donnell, who had been Clark's announcer on Bandstand early in his run, was working on Wheel of Fortune at the time, and was brought on as announcer.
Yes, there were short bits highlighting commercials, which ultimately were phased out. Bloopers had become popular thanks to Kermit Schaefer in the 50's (Who can forget someone mispronouncing a former president as "Hoobert Heever"?). The animation used in the series was done by long-time Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragones. In the weekly format, Bloopers ran for 2 seasons, then would return in a series of periodic specials, a la Bob Hope. Clark took the Bloopers over to ABC in 1998, but not in a weekly series format, just specials.
The most recent itineration of this series was the short-lived half-hour Bloopers, back in 2012, hosted by actor Dean Cain, which lasted a year or two before fading out.
Here's an intro. NBC ID by Danny Dark.