Video: Hip-Hop to Be Square - A Preview of the show - What's Your Take?
Hip-Hop to Be Square, Premires, May 22 - MTV2 puts a shiny new coat on an old game show and hopes the addition of hip-hop luminaries will make it a hit with young audiences.
Just another typical taping for “Hip Hop Squares,” a new MTV series that reboots the classic “Hollywood Squares” game show for the YouTube generation. MTV hopes the series — it has ordered 20 episodes, all filmed at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn — will attract the core audience of what it calls “male-ennials,” networkspeak for young men aged 12 to 34.
the original concept has been in the entertainment ecosphere for decades. “Hollywood Squares” began in the mid-1960s and, over the years, has hosted a wide roster of quippy celebrities and has-beens, Paul Lynde to Florence Henderson to Charo; some became mostly famous as squares. To come up with questions for its version, MTV drafted producers from the show’s last iteration, which began in 1998, with Whoopi Goldberg as center square.
But there are departures from tradition. For starters, the green room is on camera, complete with a stocked bar, and the celebrity players are invited to drink. Cocktail waitresses show up on the neon-blue-and-pink set; an in-house D.J. adds to the clubby vibe. A third of the players wore sunglasses during the taping
Personally, I am NOT a Hip Hop fan or watch anything on MTV2...By having nieces, nephews, great nieces/nephews in this age group, I plan to watch that going to be interesting...
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