'Hollywood Game Night' Exclusive Sneak Peek: Let the Games Begin!
This winter, the Games are coming to NBC.
The competitors have been dreaming of this moment their whole lives. They have trained. They have sacrificed. Blood, sweat, and tears have been shed. The battles will be fierce, and there can be only one winner per match. “Hollywood Game Night” is where champions are born.
Actually, that’s probably the Olympics, which don’t start until February. But what this game show lacks in intense physical endurance, mental stamina, and international bragging rights is compensated for with singing, booze, trash-talking, jokes, butt wiggles, charades, and an exploding bowl of bits of paper — as you can witness in this exclusive Season 2 sneak peek, starring host Jane Lynch and a merry band of celebrities they’ve convinced to show up and make fools of themselves in order to help “civilians” win up to $25,000.
Plus, you only have to wait until Monday, Dec. 23 for these games to begin. There will be a special holiday-themed episode (the set, unfortunately; not the games) following the finale of “The Sing-Off,” with Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines, Gavin DeGraw, Rachel Bilson, Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker participating.
Real-life couple Roddick and Decker face off on opposite teams, a soulmate showdown that happens more than once in Season 2, according to Lynch. “We have a lot of couples. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis,” the “Glee” star said during a press day last month on the Hollywood set. “We had Penny Marshall and Rosie O’Donnell, who are very good friends. They insisted on being on the same team, so we put Chris Colfer between them to dial down the testosterone.”
Lynch enjoyed having her low expectations proved wrong by Bilson, Roddick, and Decker. “[I’m] always surprised by] the Rachel Bilsons. You know, I judge. Oh, ‘The O.C.’ Whatever. But she was a riot. She told a hilarious story about her pet pig that ended in tears for both the pig and her. She was wonderful and game. Brooklyn, too. I thought: model, cute, sweet. And Andy, tennis star. They were funny and shouting crap at each other. They came to play.”
She was also pleasantly surprised by how much of a hoot Michael Weatherly from “NCIS” was. “I wasn’t expecting that, because he’s on this procedural drama where he basically shows up and says, ‘Looks like blunt-force trauma to the head.’ But he was so funny and on his feet. He just did the goofiest stuff and we were improvising like crazy.”