VH1 is teaming with Ice Cube for a spin-off on Hollywood Squares, creating a new show called, Hip Hop Squares. Reportedly, they have ordered at least 20 episodes. The show will feature celebrity contestants testing their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares, featuring the biggest names in hip-hop, comedy and entertainment.
Ice Cube and his Cube Vision production company will executive produce the series in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment, Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm and CBS Television Distribution. Ice Cube confirms the news, sharing:
Hip Hop Squares is going to be fun and spontaneous; unlike typical game shows, viewers should never know what’s going to happen next. When VH1 asked us to join the producing team, we jumped aboard as we have had success with VH1, and we love their team, excitement and commitment to the show.
The Hollywood Squares was a panel game show in which two contestants played tic-tac-toe to win cash and prizes. The show piloted on NBC in 1965, and the regular series debuted in 1966 on the same network. The stars are asked questions by the host, and the contestants judge the truth of their answers to gain squares in the right pattern to win the game. In 2013, TV Guide ranked it at No. 7 in its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.
Hollywood Squares will air this fall.