Have you ever had a board game night with your buddies and found yourself wishing that you were hanging out with famous and interesting celebrities instead of your boring old plain-jane friends? It probably wouldn't make Monopoly any more exciting, but NBC is hoping that you'll be intrigued enough to tune in for Hollywood Game Night, a new hourlong game show that the Peacock network has picked up.
Created and executive produced by actor Sean Hayes, the series is inspired by "game nights" that the former Will & Grace star regularly holds at his home, supposedly featuring A-list celebrities getting together and engaging in different games. Each of the eight episodes ordered by NBC will transplant two contestants from their mundane lives to the glamorous world of Hollywood Game Night, where they will rub shoulders with "well-known names" from television, film, sports, and politics while competing for a cash prize. "We are proud to be in business with Sean Hayes, who creatively brings so many good ideas such as this new game show romp that will be raucous and entertaining," said NBC's president of alternative programming Paul Telegdy. "Our audience will feel as if they are part of the party as we pull back the curtain on how today's Hollywood stars play at home while our contestants can earn big money."
The pilot for Hollywood Game Night was originally ordered in the summer of 2011 and patiently awaited word on its fate. Hayes also serves as an executive producer on the network's supernatural drama Grimm, which gestated for five years before NBC picked it up. As an actor, Hayes is scheduled to appear in a recurring role this season on musical drama Smash.
At this stage, no names have been announced to fill out the celebrity roster. I fully expect to see the usual assortment of reality personalities, soap opera stars, and D-list movie actors participating in this endeavor. If this had been done in the '60s or '70s, I would be all over it, but the current crop of celebrities just isn't interesting enough. Does the idea of Hollywood Game Night appeal to you?