Trivia / The Hollywood Squares

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: As listed under Memetic Mutation on the YMMV page, one of Paul Lynde's most-quoted zingers, usually done by the quoter with Lynde's trademark mannerisms and voice, is "Because chiffon wrinkles!"note , despite that not being what Lynde actually said — what he actually said was "Because chiffon wrinkles too easily."
  • Development Hell: VH-1's Hip-Hop Squares was originally announced for fall 2016, but it was delayed to March 2017.
  • Dueling Shows: With Match Game, which inevitably led to The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour.
  • Fan Nickname: "Beaverface" for Peter Marshall, after this question:
    Peter Marshall: Paul, true or false your teeth are about the same size and shape as a pig's.
    Paul Lynde: Look who's talking, Beaverface!
    • H2 for the last two seasons of the Bergeron edition, due to that being its new logo ("Hollywood Squared," get it?).
      Giant Bomb: [during a review of the 2010 game] So we're actually playing Hollywood Hollywood.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The Peter Marshall-hosted versions were believed to have been largely destroyed until around 2002, when several hundred episodes (the number varies- Peter Marshall said in a webchat there were 3500 episodes they stumbled across) from both the daytime and nighttime versions were found unintentionally as part of a search for episodes of Dark Shadows, of all shows (read more here). Even then, GSN aired them only from 2002 to 2003.
    • The Davidson version was rerun on the USA Network for a few years in the '90s and hasn't been seen since.
    • For the Bergeron version, the 2000-01 season was never rerun on GSN, and the seasons that did air sometimes had episodes missing from the rotation due to celebrity clearance issues, including the 1998 Comic Relief week (though at least one ep of that circulates, taped from the satellite feed).
  • Long-Runners: The original NBC version ran for 14 seasons and the 1970s syndicated version ran for a decade.
  • Looping Lines: On the June 20, 1980 NBC Daytime finale, Wayland Flowers' puppet Madame took a jab at Fred Silverman, by saying "You can fuck some of the people some of the time, and you can fuck all of the people some of the time, but you can't fuck all of the people all of the time!". NBC decided to go back and redub that line, by replacing each use of the word "fuck" with "fool".note  Whether that was actually Wayland dubbing himself or not is unknown. This is further evident that Madame was actually saying something else, based on the audience reaction.
  • Milestone Celebration: The Bergeron version's 500th episode featured a sparkler-filled cake wheeled out at the end of the show, with confetti going off and the day's winning contestant allowed a slice.
  • No Budget: The first run of Hip Hop Squares, which offered a top prize of $2,500 in 2012. Could be justified, as it was produced for MTV2, a cable network (plus most of the budget likely went towards getting the celebrities). The VH1 version is quite a bit higher-budget.
  • Old Shame: VH1 seems to be trying really hard to pretend the MTV2 version of Hip Hop Squares doesn't exist. Original host Peter Rosenberg lampshaded this in a tweet.
  • Screwed by the Network: The NBC version. Despite pulling in successful ratings, then NBC president and CEO Fred Silverman abruptly cancelled it, after moving its time slot around several times (helping to kill off Whew! in the process), along with Chain Reaction and High Rollers, to make room for a 90-minute talk show hosted by David Letterman. Reportedly, Silverman had passed on the show back when he was vice president of daytime programming at CBS, and after seeing it become a big hit on NBC, was obviously not happy.
  • Troubled Production: The Vegas episodes. Paul Lynde was frustrated by the supposedly inferior lodging facilities in Vegas (among other things) and in general soured the overall mood. Not only that, there wasn't much time to play the game, some contestants were tourists (and drunk, to boot), and some celebrities, particularly George Gobel, would often rush off to gamble.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to Peter Marshall, Bert Parks was originally chosen to host the NBC version. Parks hosted the original pilot, but Marshall subbed for Parks on a second pilot and wound up being chosen when the series was picked up.
    • Marc Summers was slated to host the 1998 revival but was dismissed for fears that his OCD (which he had revealed on The Oprah Winfrey Show a year prior) would make it difficult to work with him. John Tesh was also considered as a potential host.
    • Before Whoopi came on board, Roseanne was attempting to create the Planet Hollywood Squares in the mid-1990s; this Game Show Forum thread revealed that it was intended to be paired with a revival of The Gong Show (which did in fact have a pilot taped), but held off until 1997 to see if their revivals of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were working out; by that time, Roseanne presumably had pulled out and PH was in deep trouble (having overextended themselves with far too many locations and crazy concepts).
  • You Look Familiar: John Davidson was a semi-regular panelist on the Marshall Squares before becoming host of the third version.
    • Before hosting the 2017 incarnation of Hip Hop Squares, DeRay Davis was an occasional panelist on the 2012 version.