There aren't many stories that this humble TVR reporter reads and has to check the date to make sure it isn't April 1st, and while it is pretty close, EW.com assures me that this story is in fact legit. MTV2 has just ordered two 10-episode runs of a new variation on the classic game show Hollywood Squares which will feature stars from the hip-hop community in TV's most famous tic-tac-toe board. The new show's name: Hip Hop Squares. No, seriously, they're calling it Hip Hop Squares.
Unless you're very young, or have lived in a cave for the past few decades, you've most likely seen at least part of an episode of Hollywood Squares. The show has had four different runs over the course of nearly 40 years, from the original version shown on NBC (probably known best for Paul Lynde's antics in the center square) that premiered way back in 1966, to the most recent syndicated revamp hosted by Tom Bergeron which signed off in 2004. If you don't know, the game itself is just tic-tac-toe on a large scale. If a contestant correctly answers a question, they get to claim a square in an attempt to get three in a row. Simple as that.
The newest incarnation is set up as such: "Charismatic personalities from the world of hip hop will populate the show’s nine quadrants. Contestants facing a wide range of trivia questions will seek help from the performers to try and discover clues about the correct answers." The aforementioned "charismatic personalities" for the initial run are "Nick Cannon; Jackass crew member Bam Margera; actress Kat Graham; artist DJ Khaled; rappers Biz Markie, Ghostface Killah, Fat Joe, Mac Miller and MGK; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lamarr Woodley." Now, I'm in my mid-20s, and thus only slightly older than the target demographic. I have to ask, is this really the best they could do? If those names held an autograph signing, the only people who showed up would be tumble weeds. It makes The Celebrity Apprentice's cast look positively A-list. These nine names don't have enough charisma to power a toaster.
What do you think? Am I way off base? Does this sound like a fun concept to you? Or am I correct in considering this one of MTV2's lamest ideas of all time?