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.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I can’t imagine anything more boring than a celebrity playing a board game – except maybe cop shows, sitcoms, reality shows and sports. :-)

    Unless, as indicated above, the game is strip poker (or strip ANYTHING, actually!) :-)

    Uh, actually, that depends on the celebrity as well – Ernest Borgnine is not a draw in that regard… :-)

    I hate the stupid games Jimmy Fallon has on his talk show, too, BTW. If I was a celebrity on his show and he asked me to play, I’d say, “Hell, no…” :-)

  • Rich

    Ok, MAYBE Tabletop gets ripped off. But, rather than curse this to bad ratings and dying, can we hope it takes off and then point people to Tabletop? I am hoping rest of boardgaming tips the way Poker had. I design boardgame stuff, and I would LOVE for boardgames to get buzz.

  • Anthony

    The other thing to consider is that, Tabeltop is on YouTube so unless you are looking for it or already a gamer or a fan of Wil’s or Felicia’s or Geek & Sundry you probably don’t know about it.

    Granted the making it a game show and not just a games show makes it lose some of its appeal from the explanation. So if that’s your complaint then fine, but ripping it for being a Tabletop clone is like ripping any cop show for being a Dragnet clone.

  • Franchesca

    Please offer http://tabletop.geekandsundry.com/ by well established actors Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day credit for this idea. It truly is sad to see NBC totally ignore talent and ideas that have been around for years (2 years in this case)and claim it for their own or rework it so that they can spin it as their own

    Do the right thing. Air Table Top instead of this imposter show.

  • G-rant

    Please dont use Howie Mandel as a host. He’s NOT a draw.

  • PJM

    OK, you do realize Wil’s show was probably an idea that was hatched back in the 1950s, when Hollywood stars would be on What’s My Line and To Tell The Truth, so I wouldn’t exactly call what Wil’s doing groundbreaking. Secondly, this is NBC, creators of Fear Factor, so they can’t get much lower than that. Thirdly, they already did a game show ripoff last year of Russian Roulette, so doing this ripoff is actually a step up for them.

  • timmay!!

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO How uninteresting!!!

  • Leoben Conoy

    So what is the over/under of how episodes in, before a Kardashian appears on it???

  • Kenshiro

    Be fair. There were people posting video clips of themselves playing tabletop games years before geek and sundry did it. Geek and sundry took it step further by geting celebs and on web tv…..now NBC is taking it another step forward by getting bigger celebs and on national tv. Hopefully they will be actual tabletop games and not just battleship, risk, and party games.

  • Kenshiro

    Also note—celebs playing boardgames on tv was around before internet. Concentration, pictionary, trival pursuit, scrabble, etc. were game shows on tv. Unlike geek &Sundry these games will be competitons for money not games reviews of play sessions. Celebs playing video games is already on tv now too.

  • Terri H

    Sounds like a rip off of tabletop (youtube show)

  • Jason

    If NBC can’t score with any scripted series and they have to do this, they may as well revert to the ’50s and do something called “NBC’s Comedy Playhouse.” A different cast every week and different settings.

  • The Franchise

    Before seeing the comments, my thought was “So it’s like Tabletop.”

    BoardGameGeek regulars know people frequently record games they play with their friends and post them to Youtube, but Tabletop was the first place to put together what Hollywood Game Night is planning to do: high production value, game variety, and guest appearances. “Bold” would be picking up Tabletop–a great show.

  • Tommy

    4 episodes and done. If that.

  • Jason Brasher

    It was inevitable. Hollywood movie producers can’t come up with new material and are on a huge remake kick. And so now TV producers are jumping on board and stealing ideas from web based shows like TABLE TOP, which is EXACTLY what this show is describing…without the cash prizes and just for the fun of it!

  • Amanda June Hagarty

    Between Netflix, red box, and great internet resources like Geek and Sundry I have not had cable for 5 years. I guess those who are still slaves to prime time and can’t figure out how to watch a show from the internet still need something. Right? Although I think it was a poor choice of words to call it bold and new since it was definitely Will Wheaton who boldly went there first. And if you think of it this is going to be basically something like Hollywood Squares only the celebrities will be sitting at a table and they will be the players. Just a new twist on an old theme.

  • Utah_Monkey

    FTW Geek ad Sundry Fail NBC. Hey.. How about a show where everyone plays this MMO and they are all in the same guild. All told by the girls point of view.. Everyone, Dont watch this. Watch Tabletop on the youtube channel geekandsundry. Wil Whaeton rules !

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