Hollywood Squares is making a comeback with a modern and culturally significant twist. VH1, in collaboration with Jesse Collins Entertainment and Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat, is set to premiere “Celebrity Squares.” This fresh take on the classic format will incorporate Black pop culture trivia, promising a fun and engaging viewing experience for audiences.
Hosted by the charismatic actor and comedian DC Young Fly, “Celebrity Squares” will bring cultural icons together for 20 lively and spontaneous half-hour episodes. Some of the celebrity guests lined up for the show include Babyface, Bobby Brown, Tiffany Haddish, Kirk Franklin, Bresha Webb, Luenell, Taye Diggs, and many more. Mark your calendars for the grand premiere on Tuesday, October 17th, at 8 p.m., exclusively on VH1.
In “Celebrity Squares,” two contestants will face off in a battle of wit and strategy, playing Tic-Tac-Toe while accumulating cash and prizes. The player with the most money in their bank at the end of the game will advance to the bonus round, with a chance to win a hefty $10,000 cash prize.
Tiffany Lea Williams, EVP Unscripted Programming and Development of BET, expressed her excitement about the partnership, saying, “This show offers a fresh interpretation of the iconic Hollywood Squares format, with a focus on celebrating Black pop culture. With DC Young Fly’s laugh-out-loud humor, it promises to deliver a fun and exhilarating viewing experience. We look forward to bringing it to our audience.”
Bryan Smiley, Chief Content Officer of Hartbeat, also expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “DC Young Fly is an extraordinary comedian, and we are thrilled to team up with him once again to lead this project. We look forward to continuing our partnership with BET and Jesse Collins Entertainment as we bring an exciting, fresh spin to this iconic game show format.”
Dionne Harmon, President of Jesse Collins Entertainment, echoed the sentiment, saying, “It was a pleasure to work with Hartbeat, BET, and DC Young Fly again. We hope the audience enjoys watching this series as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Additional celebrity guests include: Affion Crockett, Alesha Renee, Amanda Seales, Amin Joseph, Ashley Darby, B Simone, Big Freedia, Bobby Lytes, Brandee Evans, Brian Jordan Jr., Carl Anthony Payne, Chico Bean, Christian Keyes, Crystal Hayslett, D-Nice, Deon Cole, Desi Banks, Devale Ellis, Earthquake, Eva Marcille, Evelyn Lozada, Flau’Jae Johnson, Funny Marco, Jasmin Brown, Jason Lee, Jess Hilarious, Kamillion, K Michelle, Karlous Miller, Karrueche, Kel Mitchell, Kendra G, Keshia Knight-Pulliam, Kevin Frazier, Kevonstage, KJ Smith, Kym Whitley, Lance Gross, Lil Duval, Lil Fizz, Loni Love, Malcolm Barrett, Mark Tallman, Marlo Hampton, Moniece, Na’im Lynn, Nene Leaks, Niena Drake, Pretty Vee, Princess Love, Ray J, Safaree, Saucy Santana, Skyh Black, Shay Johnson, Sinqua Walls, Spice, Spice Adams, Sukihana, Tamar Braxton, Tami Roman, Terrance J, Tisha Campbell, Tommy Davidson, Yandy Smith-Harris and Zellswag. The show promises to be a star-studded affair celebrating Black talent and pop culture.
The executive production team behind “Celebrity Squares” includes Kevin Hart, Bryan Smiley, and Thai Randolph for Hartbeat, as well as Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon, Madison Merritt, and Elaine Metaxas for Jesse Collins Entertainment. Nile Evans serves as the showrunner, ensuring the show’s smooth operation. Tiffany Lea Williams, Angela Aguilera, Mimi Blanchard, and Raye Dowell are the executives representing BET.
DC Young Fly, the show’s dynamic host, has been making waves in the entertainment industry. He recently starred in the New Line/SpringHill feature “House Party” and is set to appear in the Amazon film “Candy Cane Lane” alongside Eddie Murphy, scheduled for release later this year.
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