History Series / TheHollywoodSquares

18th Mar '16 7:32:38 PM themisterfree
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** Watkins-Strathmore made two in 1967 and 1968. Ideal made one in 1974, with Peter Marshall pictured on the box. Creator/MiltonBradley made two in 1980 and 1986. Parker Brothers made one in 1999, and Tiger made an LCD handheld game in that same year. [=GameTek=] made computer versions for MS-DOS and the NintendoEntertainmentSystem.

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** Watkins-Strathmore made two in 1967 and 1968. Ideal made one in 1974, with Peter Marshall pictured on the box.box; this was reissued under the ''Celebrity Squares'' name in Britain, with the only real changes being the name and Peter Marshall's photo on the box being swapped out for Bob Monkhouse's. Creator/MiltonBradley made two in 1980 and 1986. Parker Brothers made one in 1999, and Tiger made an LCD handheld game in that same year. [=GameTek=] made computer versions for MS-DOS and the NintendoEntertainmentSystem.
14th Feb '16 3:18:19 PM Gimere
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** While there isn't technically a trope for it, the Center Square obviously needs its' own entry- it was crucial to the show. Jim Backus ([[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. He left in 1979, which resulted in a return to the rotation until the Las Vegas season, when he returned. Other regulars during that era of course included Rose Marie, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver (really named Cliff Arquette), and George Gobels. 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 and Shadoe Stevens, who occupied the bottom-center square. The Bergeron version had Whoopi Goldberg as the center square, with the 2001 College Tournament featuring a rotation because Whoopi was out sick. Regulars during that era included Martin Mull, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Gilbert Gottfried, and Caroline Rhea. The ''H2'' era initially returned to the rotation, before Martin Mull became the center square for the last season. ''Hip Hop Squares'' also utilized the rotation.

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** While there isn't technically a trope for it, the Center Square obviously needs its' its own entry- it was crucial to the show. Jim Backus ([[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. He left in 1979, which resulted in a return to the rotation until the Las Vegas season, when he returned. Other regulars during that era of course included Rose Marie, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver (really named Cliff Arquette), and George Gobels. 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 and Shadoe Stevens, who occupied the bottom-center square. The Bergeron version had Whoopi Goldberg as the center square, with the 2001 College Tournament featuring a rotation because Whoopi was out sick. Regulars during that era included Martin Mull, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Gilbert Gottfried, and Caroline Rhea. The ''H2'' era initially returned to the rotation, before Martin Mull became the center square for the last season. ''Hip Hop Squares'' also utilized the rotation.
29th Jan '16 6:49:55 PM themisterfree
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** TheAnnouncer: Kenny Williams handled the entirety of the Marshall era. Shadoe Stevens (best known as Creator/CaseyKasem's replacement on ''Radio/AmericanTop40'') did both the Davidson version — on which he often pulled double duty as a panelist — and the first four seasons of the Bergeron version. After Shadoe left the latter, Jeffrey Tambor (''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'') announced Season 5, and John Moschitta (aka the Micro Machines man) announced Season 6. Fill-ins included Shadoe's brother Richard and Creator/HowardStern (!) on the Davidson version, while Henry Winkler (also executive producer at the time) sometimes filled in for Tambor. "[[TotallyRadical DJ Ms. Nix]]" (real name: Nicole Lyn Hill) is the announcer on ''Hip Hop Squares''.

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** TheAnnouncer: Kenny Williams handled the entirety of the Marshall era. Shadoe Stevens (best known as Creator/CaseyKasem's replacement on ''Radio/AmericanTop40'') did both the Davidson version — on which he often pulled double duty as a panelist — and the first four seasons of the Bergeron version. After Shadoe left the latter, Jeffrey Tambor (''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'') (''Series/TheLarrySandersShow''; he had already been a semi-regular during the Whoopi & Friends era) announced Season 5, and John Moschitta (aka the Micro Machines man) announced Season 6. Fill-ins included Shadoe's brother Richard and Creator/HowardStern (!) on the Davidson version, while Henry Winkler (also executive producer at the time) sometimes filled in for Tambor. "[[TotallyRadical DJ Ms. Nix]]" (real name: Nicole Lyn Hill) is the announcer on ''Hip Hop Squares''.


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** While there isn't technically a trope for it, the Center Square obviously needs its' own entry- it was crucial to the show. Jim Backus ([[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. He left in 1979, which resulted in a return to the rotation until the Las Vegas season, when he returned. Other regulars during that era of course included Rose Marie, Wally Cox, Charley Weaver (really named Cliff Arquette), and George Gobels. 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 and Shadoe Stevens, who occupied the bottom-center square. The Bergeron version had Whoopi Goldberg as the center square, with the 2001 College Tournament featuring a rotation because Whoopi was out sick. Regulars during that era included Martin Mull, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett, Gilbert Gottfried, and Caroline Rhea. The ''H2'' era initially returned to the rotation, before Martin Mull became the center square for the last season. ''Hip Hop Squares'' also utilized the rotation.
28th Jan '16 3:34:55 PM goldenroad
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** The Marshall version featured a very simple one -- the winning contestant would pick a celebrity, who would open an envelope that contained a prize; whatever was in the envelope was what the contestant would win.

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** The Marshall version featured a very simple one one, debuting in 1976 -- the winning contestant would pick a celebrity, who would open an envelope that contained a prize; whatever was in the envelope was what the contestant would win.win. The top prize was $5,000; when this was transferred to the syndicated version in 1978, a new car was added to the envelopes.



### The "pick a star, win a prize" format from the Marshall version. Later amended to having to answer one final question to claim the prize.

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### The "pick a star, win a prize" format from the Marshall version.version, featuring trips, $5,000-$15,000 cash, and a luxury car. Later amended to having to answer one final question to claim the prize.



### An updated version of the Davidson version's bonus round. One at a time, the contestant picked a celebrity and agreed/disagreed to a statement read about them. However many correct answers (out of nine total) determined how many "bad keys" would be taken off of a nine-key panel. The contestant picked one from the remaining keys and, depending upon how many times they'd been to said bonus round, tried to either start a car, open a safe (representing cash), or open a steamer trunk (representing a trip). The prize layout changed multiple times throughout each season.

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### An updated version of the Davidson version's bonus round. One at a time, the contestant picked a celebrity and agreed/disagreed to a statement read about them. However many correct answers (out of nine total) determined how many "bad keys" would be taken off of a nine-key panel.panel, getting all nine right won automatically. The contestant picked one from the remaining keys and, depending upon how many times they'd been to said bonus round, tried to either start a car, open a safe (representing cash), or open a steamer trunk (representing a trip). The prize layout changed multiple times throughout each season.



-->'''Kenny Williams:''' One of these stars is sitting in the Secret Square, and the contestant who picks it first could win a prize package of over $x,000! Which star is it? (The stars are introduced one by one, finishing with the center square, usually...) ...Or Paul Lynde...all in ''The Hollywood Squares!'' And now here's the Master of ''The Hollywood Squares'', Peter Marshall!

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-->'''Kenny Williams:''' One of these stars is sitting in the Secret Square, and the contestant who picks it first could win a prize package of worth over $x,000! Which star is it? (The stars are introduced one by one, finishing with the center square, usually...) ...Or or Paul Lynde...all in ''The Hollywood Squares!'' And now here's the Master of ''The Hollywood Squares'', Peter Marshall!
28th Jan '16 4:16:58 AM Gimere
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* BonusRound: Several.

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* BonusRound: Several.BonusRound:
27th Jan '16 5:29:02 AM themisterfree
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** During the "H2" days, it would be, "And our center square, (insert name here)", as there wasn't a permanent center square until the next season, when Martin Mull took over (oddly, despite Henry Winkler co-producing this version like Whoopi did, he didn't take over as center square).
23rd Jan '16 11:01:50 AM mlsmithca
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A hip-hop–themed revival, ''Hip-Hop Squares'', premiered on {{MTV}}2 on May 22, 2012. [[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1682103/hip-hop-squares-show-mtv2.jhtml Yes, you read that right.]]

The format has two {{Market Based Title}}s: ''Celebrity Squares'' on {{ITV}} and ''Personality/All-Star Squares'' on Australia's Creator/{{NetworkTen}}. Obviously, these shows are named that because Hollywood would refer specifically to America there.

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A hip-hop–themed revival, ''Hip-Hop Squares'', premiered on {{MTV}}2 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.]]

The format has two {{Market Based Title}}s: ''Celebrity Squares'' on {{ITV}} Creator/{{ITV}} and ''Personality/All-Star Squares'' on Australia's Creator/{{NetworkTen}}.Creator/NetworkTen. Obviously, these shows are named that because Hollywood would refer specifically to America there.



* AndStarring: The first four years of the Bergeron version (1998-2002, the pre-"H2" era) would list off all the celebrities who would appear in the episode in question, always saving Whoopi Goldberg for last. When they do mention her, the announcer says, "And starring Whoopi Goldberg!"
** "...or Paul Lynde, all in ''The Hollywood Squares''!"

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* AndStarring: AndStarring:
** The opening speech for the Marshall version almost invariably finished with "...or Paul Lynde, all in ''The Hollywood Squares''!"
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The first four years of the Bergeron version (1998-2002, the pre-"H2" era) would list off all the celebrities who would appear in the episode in question, always saving Whoopi Goldberg for last. When they do mention her, the announcer says, "And starring Whoopi Goldberg!"
** "...or Paul Lynde, all in ''The Hollywood Squares''!"
Goldberg!"



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Almost everything out of Paul Lynde's mouth. Many later panelists, especially on the Bergeron version, were much less subtle in their crassness:
-->'''Tom Bergeron:''' Is Viagra kosher for Passover?\\

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
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Almost everything out of Paul Lynde's mouth. Many later panelists, especially on the Bergeron version, were much less subtle in their crassness:
-->'''Tom --->'''Tom Bergeron:''' Is Viagra kosher for Passover?\\



-->'''Peter Marshall:''' Rose, hundreds of years ago, English bartenders called it 'dry sack'. What is it known as today?\\

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-->'''Peter --->'''Peter Marshall:''' Rose, hundreds of years ago, English bartenders called it 'dry sack'. What is it known as today?\\



* ShoutOut: When Susan Stafford appeared to model prizes for Game Show Week, she was introduced as being from "classic ''Series/WheelOfFortune''".

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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When Susan Stafford appeared to model prizes for Game Show Week, she was introduced as being from "classic ''Series/WheelOfFortune''".



* TrashTheSet: Kind of- one Davidson episode had them starting to pack up the set in the middle of an episode (for them to travel to Hollywood, FL) and they had to finish the game on audience risers. [[http://youtu.be/69UAeFW21I0 See it here.]]

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* TrashTheSet: Kind of- of - one Davidson episode had them starting to pack up the set in the middle of an episode (for them to travel to Hollywood, FL) and they had to finish the game on audience risers. [[http://youtu.be/69UAeFW21I0 See it here.]]
23rd Jan '16 9:25:15 AM themisterfree
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* TrashTheSet: Kind of- one Davidson episode had them starting to pack up the set in the middle of an episode (for them to travel to Hollywood, FL) and they had to finish the game on audience risers. [[http://youtu.be/69UAeFW21I0 See it here.]]
17th Jan '16 8:19:51 AM themisterfree
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The format has two {{Market Based Title}}s: ''Celebrity Squares'' on {{ITV}} and ''Personality/All-Star Squares'' on Australia's Channel 10. Obviously, these shows are named that because Hollywood would refer specifically to America there.

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The format has two {{Market Based Title}}s: ''Celebrity Squares'' on {{ITV}} and ''Personality/All-Star Squares'' on Australia's Channel 10.Creator/{{NetworkTen}}. Obviously, these shows are named that because Hollywood would refer specifically to America there.
15th Jan '16 7:22:22 PM themisterfree
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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 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 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'']], 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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