NBC Announces Bold New Game Show 'Hollywood Game Night'

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December 18th, 2012

via press release:

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 17, 2012 – NBC has ordered “Hollywood Game Night,” a new hour-long game show series from Emmy Award-winning actor/producer Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace,” “Hot in Cleveland”), based on his real-life "game nights," featuring A-list celebrities hanging out and living it up in a cocktail party atmosphere.In the series which has an eight-episode order, two contestants in each episode will be transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with the celebrity crowd. Part Hollywood club and part casual game night, the series promises viewers a fresh look into the lives of the rich and famous.

The announcement was made today by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

“We are proud to be in business with Sean Hayes, who creatively brings so many good ideas such as this new game show romp that will be raucous and entertaining,” said Telegdy. “Our audience will feel as if they are part of the party as we pull back the curtain on how today’s Hollywood stars play at home while our contestants can earn big money.”

At the end, one of the two contestants will walk away with a cash prize and a night of stories and memories for friends and family back home. Featuring well-known names from the world of television, film, sports and politics, among other entities, this isn't a typical game show -- it's a peek behind the curtain of the Hollywood scene and a chance to hang out for a night with a group of your favorite celebrities.

“Hollywood Game Night” is produced by Hazy Mills Productions (NBC’s “Grimm,” “Hot in Cleveland, “Soul Man”), Mission Control Media (Syfy's "Face Off"), and Universal Television. Hayes, Todd Milliner, Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith are the executive producers.

  • Josh

    At least give credits to Felicia and Will, they after all have been running Tabletop for two years…

    …You know that awesome show totally not owned by NBC?


  • Crown

    To boldly go where Wil Weaton has gone before!

  • GS

    I read a comment on another site that struck me as funny. It wondered who they would consider an A list celebrity for this.

  • -_-

    While I am equally outraged that NBC is trying to make this a thing,I’d like to point out a few things.

    1. This is a GAME show, not a show about playing boardgames with friends. Think of it like Hollywood Squares but instead of Tic Tac Toe, the Two CONTESTANTS, play boardgames with Celebrity guests.

    2. Unless Wil has been filming his game nights with his friends before March ( although G&S didn’t officially launch until April 3rd )It has not even been 1 year since it started.

    3. Due to #1, it is in fact technically an Original show and Wil & Felicia are not entitled to any compensation so please…just stop.
    TL;DR You are making a mountain out of a molehill.

  • -_-

    ps. Wil isn’t even upset. So Quit complaining.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Do we get to see Lindsay Lohan playing strip poker? :-)

    Do we WANT to? :-)

  • CenterGravity

    Is there already a show out there with a similar concept to this? I’m beginning to think there may be.

  • Scatterbrain

    Either I’m living up to my name, or I’m having a very hard time understanding the premise of this. Do they sit around and play board games or something else?

  • Tebow to JAX

    What’s Table Top geeks?

  • Maggie

    So ripping off Wil Wheaton eh? Tabletop is awesome and that should be a television show.


    So will this work the same way Family Game Night on The Hub works?

  • texbob

    Not to jump on the bandwagon here but… Tabletop.


    Have to commend NBC for trying, since if they can find a night-time game show (rip-off or not) they’ll have another genre working for them.

    Wasn’t the Voice just another singing comp show?

  • NJ Viewer

    Who gives a s*** about this?

  • LucyR

    Wil didn’t link to this – a commenter did. Wil didn’t complain about it – 1) because he doesn’t believe in being a dick, and 2) because he’s an actor and can’t alienate people who might hire him in some way. I personally think it’s a dumb idea NBC’s way, and maybe it’s not the same as Tabletop, but it’s enough like it that it’s raising red flags in front of a whole lot of people that NBC would probably rather have wanting to watch rather than hating the idea and being mad at them. Perhaps NBC will at least have the grace to look into the situation and respond appropriately – but I don’t hold out much hope.

  • cc

    Pay for some decent writers and get some scripted shows written.

  • Ant

    …So it’s a rip-off of Tabletop? Right, gotcha.

  • Donna

    Wow, way to come up with a great idea NBC! Too bad it already belongs to someone else.


  • Azalea

    Wow, this is a ripoff of Wil Wheaton’s TableTop!

    And this post is a ripoff of much of this thread’s content! :p

  • Anthony

    Sorry to burst the Wheaton minions bubble but..people talking about the idea of a celebrities playing board games show has been talked about for years on Board Game Geek. Secondly, while I am a fan of both Wil, Felicia, Tabletop, Boyan etc, his show is full of mostly non-celebrities..they are his friends and cool people from what I can gather watching.

    If this new show is entertaining and includes more well known celebrities as well as real games. What’s the problem? Gamers want to grow the hobby..if this does that along with Tabletop then there is plenty of room for both.

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