New MTV2 series “Hip Hop Squares” will give contemporary spin to classic game show; Nick Cannon, Bam Margera are among the participants
Nick Cannon and Bam Margera are about to find out if it truly is hip to be square.
Actor-musician Cannon, "Jackass" prankster Margera and singer-songwriter Kat Graham are among those participating in the new MTV2 offering "Hip Hop Squares," a revamp of the iconic game show "Hollywood Squares" that places the competition in a hip-hop context.
The original series was essentially a tic-tac-toe game, with contestants attempting to win by determining if celebrities, who occupied squares on the game grid, had answered trivia questions correctly.
MTV2 said the new offering "stays true to the tic-tac-toe format of the original game show, while infusing it with some of the biggest and most charismatic personalities in Hip Hop culture today."
And Paul Ricci, MTV2's head of programming, promised "a fun, dynamic series that’s unpredictable, heavy on personality and much more ‘party’ than ‘game show’.”
Also taking part in the sure-to-be raucous proceedings: record producer DJ Khaled, rappers Fat Joe, Biz Markie, Ghostface Killah, Mac Miller and MGK, and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Further guests will be announced.
Peter Rosenberg, a DJ on New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97, will host the proceedings.
"Hip Hop Squares" will premiere on Tuesday, May 22 at 11 p.m.