By Tim Kenneally
It’s game on for another round of “Hollywood Game Night.”
NBC said Tuesday that it has renewed the freshman game show for a 10-episode Season 2, with Jane Lynch returning has host.
The series, which was conceived of by actor Sean Hayes and is based on his own real-life game nights, transports two contestants from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities.
Season 1 featured celebrity participants such as Kristin Bell, Rose Byrne, Nick Cannon, Kristin Chenoweth, Minnie Driver, Patricia Heaton, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Amy Poehler, Martin Short and Jason Sudeikis.
“It’s fun hanging with friends and playing ringmaster, while trying to help our contestants earn $25,000. It’s a win-win for all,” Lynch said of the series.
Added NBC Entertainment president, alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy, “‘Hollywood Game Night’ allows the audience to take a seat on the couch next to their favorite celebrities and enjoy the pandemonium and exuberance of the colorful cast of celebrities in each episode. Jane and her friends know how to throw a party and we’re thrilled viewers have come to play too.”
The series premiered in July to not particularly strong numbers, drawing a 1.3 rating/4 share in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic and drawing 4.1 million total viewers.