Game shows are a reality-lineup staple, and here’s a new one to chew on: celebrities you love, playing games with drunken nobodies.
That Sean Hayes must have one heck of a Rolodex. Or whatever app he uses as a Rolodex, that is: He’s lined up an incredible bunch of celeb pals to host his new NBC game show, Hollywood Game Night.
You ready for a good list? Amy Poehler, Matthew Perry, Jason Bateman, Kristin Bell and fiancé Dax Shephard, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Minnie Driver, Kal Penn, Martin Short, The Office’s Ellie Kemper, Kristen Chenoweth, Cheryl Hines, Molly Shannon and Ugly Betty’s Max Greenfield.
Plus it’s hosted by Jane Lynch.
NBC has ordered 8 episodes of the show, which will feature celebrities playing games with non-celeb contestants in a “cocktail party atmosphere,” NBC told Deadline. “Stress ‘cocktail party atmosphere’ because they made a point of mentioning that twice in the Deadline exclusive about the story,” cracked Lainey Gossip.
So everyone’s drinkin’! And playing… what? Go Fish? Pictionary? Charades? Oh, let it be charades. Would you not kill to watch a tipsy Amy Poehler trying to act out the title of Baby Mama?
Hayes is a bit of a powerhouse there at the Peacock, with his clever little producer paws in such projects as the fairytale drama Grimm. He’s also pulling double duty as an actor on NBC’s Smash.
Dang, Hayes, when do you sleep?
Hollywood Game Night is a continuation of a real-life event Hayes has thrown several times with production partner Todd Milliner, Sean & Todd’s Celebrity Game Nights. Many of the Hollywood Game Night celebs also participated in the Celebrity Game Nights.
Lainey Gossip has just one question: “Does this mean that we’re one step closer to my dream of reviving Battle of the Network Stars?” she wonders. “It’s like the Emmys and the Olympics AT THE SAME TIME.”
Younger readers: It was a ’70s thing. And it was awesome.