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Hip-hop goes hollywood… Squares?

May 16, 2012

You know, one day I need to go into one of these cable network conference rooms and see for myself what they actually do to come up with TV shows. MTV2 is going to resurrect the old Hollywood Squares game show, and they’re gonna move it from LA and into Brooklyn, and fill it up with Brooklyn’s entertainment capital, hip-hop. With credible hip-hop host Peter Rosenberg mastering the ceremonies, Hip Hop Squares is going to be just like the old show but with a twist (like how Bud Light Lime has a twist)—they’re gonna make it a club party, complete with DJ and alcohol on the set, and a VIP section, albeit the most ridiculous looking VIP section that is actually a tower of 3-by-3 grid of squares capable of displaying an X or O. As with the old Hollywood Squares, which was a big excuse to have 9 celebs throw jokes back and forth, we have 9 hip-hop-er-ish people (although they are credible and big names) trade one-liners while imbibing on set. The set itself is touted to be in Brooklyn, but it’s so glossy and bright it looks like an ultralounge somewhere Downtown. (You can only tell its Brooklyn by the contestants.) But the names… yeah, they did get some dudes in there. From the few trailers they posted, I gleaned Common, Biz Markie, Childish Gambino, Nick “Mariah Carey is my Baby Mama” Cannon (I’m not hating, he actually said that in one of the clips), Questlove, Miss Info, Fat Joe, Pitbull, Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, MGK, Ghostface, and Ashy Larry from Chappelle’s Show. The show will premiere later this month on May 22, I suppose its only fair to wait until then to pass judgement.

posted: May 16th, 2012, 11:53am



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