History Series / TheHollywoodSquares

30th Jun '17 4:51:59 PM jormis29
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*** The Davidson version had the rotation too; Joan Rivers, Jim J. Bullock and ALF were some of the most frequent. Regulars during that era included Zsa Zsa Gabor, Emma Samms, [[Franchise/{{DCAU}} Arleen Sorkin]] and Shadoe Stevens, who occupied the bottom-center square.

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*** The Davidson version had the rotation too; Joan Rivers, Jim J. Bullock and ALF were some of the most frequent. Regulars during that era included Zsa Zsa Gabor, Creator/ZsaZsaGabor, Emma Samms, [[Franchise/{{DCAU}} Arleen Sorkin]] Creator/ArleenSorkin and Shadoe Stevens, who occupied the bottom-center square.
30th Jun '17 5:29:19 AM themisterfree
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-->--'''Kenny Williams''', reciting the famous legalese during the ending credits of the original version.

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-->--'''Kenny Williams''', [[RattlingOffLegal reciting the famous legalese legalese]] during the ending credits of the original version.
7th Jun '17 1:26:15 AM jormis29
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Marshall referred to the female contestant's mark as a "circle", although technically it appeared on that version's board as an ellipse. The most famous center square, Paul Lynde, didn't join the panel on a permanent basis until 1968. More information [[http://www.classicsquares.com/ here.]]

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Marshall referred to the female contestant's mark as a "circle", although technically it appeared on that version's board as an ellipse. The most famous center square, Paul Lynde, Creator/PaulLynde, didn't join the panel on a permanent basis until 1968. More information [[http://www.classicsquares.com/ here.]]



*** Jim Backus (best known for voicing WesternAnimation/MrMagoo and as [[Series/GilligansIsland Thurston Howell III]]) was the center square for the 1965 pilot, and various center squares rotated until 1968, when Paul Lynde joined up on a full-time basis. He left in 1979, which resulted in a return to the rotation until the Las Vegas season, when he returned -- and then got kicked out ''again''. Other regulars during that era included Rose Marie, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver (actually a persona of Cliff Arquette) and George Gobel.

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*** Jim Backus (best known for voicing WesternAnimation/MrMagoo and as [[Series/GilligansIsland Thurston Howell III]]) was the center square for the 1965 pilot, and various center squares rotated until 1968, when Paul Lynde Creator/PaulLynde joined up on a full-time basis. He left in 1979, which resulted in a return to the rotation until the Las Vegas season, when he returned -- and then got kicked out ''again''. Other regulars during that era included Rose Marie, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver (actually a persona of Cliff Arquette) and George Gobel.



* CampGay: Paul Lynde. Jim J. Bullock filled this role on Davidson's version. Bruce Vilanch, however, subverted it -- he was gay, but he certainly wasn't camp.

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* CampGay: Paul Lynde.Creator/PaulLynde. Jim J. Bullock filled this role on Davidson's version. Bruce Vilanch, however, subverted it -- he was gay, but he certainly wasn't camp.



** Paul Lynde didn't become the permanent center square until 1968, although he was a center square the second, third and fifth weeks of the daytime series. Early center squares – from between October to December 1966 – included Ernest Borgnine, Buddy Hackett, Bill Bixby, George Jessel, Marty Allen, Glenn Ford, Shelley Berman and Vera Miles.

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** Paul Lynde Creator/PaulLynde didn't become the permanent center square until 1968, although he was a center square the second, third and fifth weeks of the daytime series. Early center squares – from between October to December 1966 – included Ernest Borgnine, Buddy Hackett, Bill Bixby, George Jessel, Marty Allen, Glenn Ford, Shelley Berman and Vera Miles.



** Almost everything out of Paul Lynde's mouth. Many later panelists, especially on the Bergeron version, were much less subtle in their crassness:

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** Almost everything out of Paul Lynde's Creator/PaulLynde's mouth. Many later panelists, especially on the Bergeron version, were much less subtle in their crassness:



* {{Jerkass}}: Paul Lynde would often belittle the contestants during the commercial break (and sometimes on the show, too). He sometimes took this a step further by belittling fellow celebrities as well (most notably Tanya Tucker).

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* {{Jerkass}}: Paul Lynde Creator/PaulLynde would often belittle the contestants during the commercial break (and sometimes on the show, too). He sometimes took this a step further by belittling fellow celebrities as well (most notably Tanya Tucker).



* ParodyAssistance: Given the show's comedic bent, the cast and crew have helped a few times with parody skits. Peter Marshall, Paul Lynde and Rose Marie appeared in "The Towering Squares", a mash up of this and ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' where the game board (the actual thing) catches on fire (really just some smoke) and the celebs try to evacuate ([[WeirdnessCensor despite Marshall trying to]] [[TheShowMustGoOn keep the game going]]); this was from a mid 70s Rich Little special. Much later, Marshall hosted the ''[[Series/InLivingColor East Hollywood Squares]]'', where the panel was made up of entirely black celebrities. And ''Series/MadTV'' had a skit during the H2 era where it was "Desperate Gimmicks Week", with "Couple's Day", including Bruce Vilanch and a teenage runaway; Bergeron played himself hosting.

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* ParodyAssistance: Given the show's comedic bent, the cast and crew have helped a few times with parody skits. Peter Marshall, Paul Lynde Creator/PaulLynde and Rose Marie appeared in "The Towering Squares", a mash up of this and ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' where the game board (the actual thing) catches on fire (really just some smoke) and the celebs try to evacuate ([[WeirdnessCensor despite Marshall trying to]] [[TheShowMustGoOn keep the game going]]); this was from a mid 70s Rich Little special. Much later, Marshall hosted the ''[[Series/InLivingColor East Hollywood Squares]]'', where the panel was made up of entirely black celebrities. And ''Series/MadTV'' had a skit during the H2 era where it was "Desperate Gimmicks Week", with "Couple's Day", including Bruce Vilanch and a teenage runaway; Bergeron played himself hosting.
6th Jun '17 11:45:07 AM snichols1973
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** The Peter Marshall era Hollywood Squares features this dialogue between the host and Paul Lynde:
-->'''Peter''': In the Shakesperean Play ''King Lear'', King Lear had three of them: Goneril, Cordelia, and Regan. Who were they?
-->'''Paul''' [with slight disgust]: King Lear had ''Goneril''? [audience laughter][[note]] Paul's first DoubleEntendre laden response involved wordplay on "gonorrhea".[[/note]]
3rd Jun '17 2:39:35 PM nombretomado
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** A video game, based on the later-era Bergeron format, was released for the {{Wii}} on October 5, 2010.

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** A video game, based on the later-era Bergeron format, was released for the {{Wii}} UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} on October 5, 2010.
27th May '17 5:52:43 AM themisterfree
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** The NBC version began at about $1,000 (in 1966); the base amount increased to approximately $1,500 and then $2,000 by the late 1960s and early 1970s, and increased by $1,000-2,000 until claimed. During the late 1960s, the top jackpot was just over $11,000 [[note]](Art Fleming was that episode's Secret Square, and a naive contestant who believed that the ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' host could not be wrong about anything correctly agreed with an answer he admitted he had no clue to)[[/note]]; during this era, a five-time champion, automatically won the Secret Square if it had not yet been won, in addition to the regular bonus prize. By the mid-1970s, new Secret Squares generally started in the $3,000 range, and the show's final couple of years (1978-1980) started at around $3,500 to $4,500, with the value increasing by as much as $6,000 for each show it wasn't won; it was common for Secret Square jackpots to reach $20,000, and at least one reached $35,000 before being won; unwon Secret Square jackpots, by this time, were no longer part of an undefeated champion's guaranteed take.
** The Bergeron version saw the "Secret Square Stash" usually begin with a trip (of about $2,000-$4,000) and added prizes until claimed; the highest-valued Stash during the Bergeron era was worth more than $50,000.

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** The NBC version (typically composed of merchandise prizes) began at about $1,000 (in 1966); the base amount increased to approximately $1,500 and then $2,000 by the late 1960s and early 1970s, and increased by $1,000-2,000 until claimed. During the late 1960s, the top jackpot was just over $11,000 [[note]](Art Fleming was that episode's Secret Square, and a naive contestant who believed that the ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' host could not be wrong about anything correctly agreed with an answer he admitted he had no clue to)[[/note]]; during this era, a five-time champion, champion automatically won the Secret Square if it had not yet been won, in addition to the regular bonus prize. By the mid-1970s, new Secret Squares generally started in the $3,000 range, and the show's final couple of years (1978-1980) started at around $3,500 to $4,500, with the value increasing by as much as $6,000 for each show it wasn't won; it was common for Secret Square jackpots to reach $20,000, and at least one reached $35,000 before being won; unwon Secret Square jackpots, by this time, were no longer part of an undefeated champion's guaranteed take.
** The Bergeron version saw the "Secret Square Stash" usually begin with a trip (of about $2,000-$4,000) or a gift card and added prizes until claimed; the highest-valued Stash during the Bergeron era was worth more than $50,000.
21st May '17 10:18:49 AM nombretomado
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A hip-hop–themed revival, ''Hip-Hop Squares'', premiered on Creator/{{MTV}}2 on May 22, 2012. [[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1682103/hip-hop-squares-show-mtv2.jhtml Yes, you read that right.]] While serviceable, the show didn't live to see 2013, but Creator/{{VH1}} [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/vh1-ice-cube-team-hip-915108 announced]] plans to revive the series in 2016, with Creator/IceCube on board to produce. The revival premiered on March 13, 2017.

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A hip-hop–themed revival, ''Hip-Hop Squares'', premiered on Creator/{{MTV}}2 on May 22, 2012. [[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1682103/hip-hop-squares-show-mtv2.jhtml Yes, you read that right.]] While serviceable, the show didn't live to see 2013, but Creator/{{VH1}} Creator/VH1 [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/vh1-ice-cube-team-hip-915108 announced]] plans to revive the series in 2016, with Creator/IceCube on board to produce. The revival premiered on March 13, 2017.



* MythologyGag: For VH1's ''Hip-Hop Squares'', the celebrities aren't enclosed in boxes, but rather have the Xs and Os displayed on their backdrops, rear-projection style- a lot like how it worked on ''The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour''. The contestant areas, meanwhile, has patterns of Xs and Os behind the contestants that resemble the ones of the Davidson version.

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* MythologyGag: For VH1's [=VH1=]'s ''Hip-Hop Squares'', the celebrities aren't enclosed in boxes, but rather have the Xs and Os displayed on their backdrops, rear-projection style- a lot like how it worked on ''The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour''. The contestant areas, meanwhile, has patterns of Xs and Os behind the contestants that resemble the ones of the Davidson version.
17th Apr '17 1:55:35 PM Briguy52748
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* TVNeverLies: Averted when the naive young contestant, a pretty girl (as it turned out) who was counting on ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' host Art Fleming -- who had gained a reputation as a storehouse of trivia -- to have the correct answer to a Secret Square question about tennis ("In 1938, who won the Wimbledon women's tennis championship?" to which Fleming said the answer was Helen Wills Moody, one of the three choices given). "Art Fleming would never lie. I agree!" As it turned out ... Art Fleming was right(!), and the pretty young contestant with the puppy-dog eyes won an $11,000 prize package (a then-record). Fleming admitted in several latter-day interviews that he was merely guessing and didn't know a thing about tennis.
13th Apr '17 7:15:24 PM Green_lantern40
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* HotterAndSexier: Bergeron's version was far more overt in its sexual overtones than previous versions.

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* HotterAndSexier: HotterAndSexier:
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Bergeron's version was far more overt in its sexual overtones than previous versions.versions.
** Both versions of ''Hip Hop Squares'' also fall under this (a given with the hip hop theme), but the [=VH1=] revival is loads more sexually tinged than the original [=MTV2=] version.
16th Mar '17 1:41:41 PM themisterfree
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* MythologyGag: From the preview clips of VH1's ''Hip-Hop Squares'', it appears that the celebrities aren't enclosed in boxes, but rather have the Xs and Os displayed on their backdrops, rear-projection style- a lot like how it worked on ''The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour''. The contestant ares, meanwhile, has patterns of Xs and Os behind the contestants that resemble the ones of the Davidson version.

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* MythologyGag: From the preview clips of For VH1's ''Hip-Hop Squares'', it appears that the celebrities aren't enclosed in boxes, but rather have the Xs and Os displayed on their backdrops, rear-projection style- a lot like how it worked on ''The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour''. The contestant ares, areas, meanwhile, has patterns of Xs and Os behind the contestants that resemble the ones of the Davidson version.
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