By Rob Markman
Hip-hop will make its way to Hollywood on May 22, when MTV2 premieres the new game show series “Hip Hop Squares.” The show will be an updated, musical spin on the classic show “Hollywood Squares.” Contestants on the show will include Nick Cannon, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, Mac Miller and Machine Gun Kelly, with hosting by New York radio DJ Peter Rosenberg.
“Jackass” crewmember Bam Margera, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley and Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah also will appear on the show.
” ‘Hip Hop Squares’ is a great representation of MTV2’s new brand filter to deliver smart, funny and relevant content that speaks directly to male Millennials, or ‘Malennials,’ as we call them,” said Paul Ricci, head of programming for MTV2. “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.’ ”
If the new incarnation of “Squares” stays true to the original, two contestants (one representing “X,” and the other representing “O”) will compete for prizes in a trivia-styled game where the show’s stars are situated on a giant tic-tac-toe board.
The contestants strategically select which square they wish to capture and ask the star seated there a trivia question. After the question is answered, the contestant can choose whether to agree or disagree. If the contestant is right, they capture the square; if he or she is wrong, their opponent wins the square. The first contestant to line up three squares in a row wins the game.
“They cross the spectrum from musicians and celebrities to athletes and casual fans of hip-hop,” Paul Ricci, MTV2?s programming chief told Entertainment Weekly. “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’.”
Sounds like a ball.
Tune into the premiere of “Hip Hop Squares” at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesday, May 22, on MTV2!