Jane Lynch is hosting the new NBC game show "Hollywood Game Night," which will pit A-list contestants against mere mortals in a cocktail-party atmosphere.
NBC has ordered eight episodes of the series, from Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner.
"With Jane Lynch on board as our host, we now have a key component in place that will further enliven the sheer fun of a raucous Hollywood party that will include real everyday people," said NBC president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy. "Her exuberant wit and ability to think quickly will be the perfect match for our show which will give viewers a fresh look inside the off-set lives of their favorite celebrities -- and allow them a chance to win money as well." Added the Emmy winner: "I'm so thrilled to let the world in on the fun with Sean at 'Game Night'! The format is sure to provide a lot of unexpected results that will keep everyone off-balance and entertained."
The show promises a loose, festive atmosphere with flowing drinks, passed hors d'oeuvres and a live house band. One of two non-celebrity contestants will win a cash prize.
The series is produced by Hazy Mills Productions ("Grimm," "Hot in Cleveland, "Soul Man"), Mission Control Media (Syfy's "Face Off"), and Universal Television. Hayes, Milliner, Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith are the executive producers.
Lynch will soon appear on Broadway in "Annie."