» by C. Vernon Coleman II March 30, 2012, 14:45pm
MTV2 is in the process of revamping the popular game show Hollywood Squares, with a little twist. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show, that originally had a nearly five decade run on NBC, will be renamed Hip-Hop Squares and feature the likes of Ghostface Killah, Fat Joe, Mac Miller, DJ Khaled, Nick Cannon, Biz Markie, Machine Gun Kelly and more as the panelist trying to figure out trivia questions.
MTV2’s programming chief Paul Ricci thinks the hip cast members of the new incarnation will play a large role in resurrecting the once beloved television program. “They cross the spectrum from musicians and celebrities to athletes and causal fans of hip hop,” said Paul Ricci. “The show will refresh an iconic format and create a fun, dynamic series that’s unpredictable, heavy on personality and much more ‘party’ than ‘game show.’”
The original Hollywood Squares aired off and on from 1966-2004. In the game, two contestants judge whether or not a panel of nine celebrities – who are sitting in the shape of a tic-tac-toe board – are answering trivia questions correctly. The contestants must strategically pick which celeb to answer the question and need to get three in a row in order to win.
MTV2 will air 10 episodes of Hip-Hop Squares on Tuesdays, beginning on May 22 at 11 p.m.