Hollywood Game Night

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Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night logo.jpg
Created by
Presented by Jane Lynch
Starring Dean Butterworth (Bandleader)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 51 (as of June 22, 2017)
Executive producer(s)
  • Sean Hayes
  • Todd Milliner
  • Michael Agbabian
  • Dwight D. Smith
Location(s) Universal Studios Hollywood
Los Angeles, California
  • Simon Laight
  • Mike Souza
  • Nathan Miles
  • Victor Gonzaga
  • Lisa Kearney
  • Billy Harnist
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network NBC
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11) – present
External links
Official website www.nbc.com/hollywood-game-night/

Hollywood Game Night is an American television game show hosted by Jane Lynch currently airing on NBC. The program premiered on July 11, 2013 and follows two contestants who take part in a casual game night with celebrities, with the winning contestant taking home up to $25,000 in cash prizes.[1]

On May 15, 2016, NBC renewed the series for a fifth season, which premiered on June 22, 2017.


Two teams of four players each (consisting of three celebrities and one contestant) play a series of games. The celebrities play for a chance to win $10,000 for a charity of their choice, while the non-celebrity players compete for the right to win $25,000. The non-celebrity player is designated captain of the team. In season five, some episodes are "Show Vs. Show" specials, where each team consists of cast members of a specific show. For example, the first episode of season five was Veep vs. The Walking Dead.

Five games are played on each episode. Within each game, teams attempt to score points for their team, with one point awarded for each correct response in rounds one and two, and two points per correct answer in rounds three and four. The fifth and final game awards five points per correct answer, with the team in the lead going first. If both contestants are tied prior to the fifth and final game, then the contestant who won the last game goes first.

The contestant with the most points at the end of play wins the game and advances to the $25,000 bonus round. When both contestants are tied at the end of the game, the contestant who wins more games will advance to the bonus round. In season four, the contestant who misspells a celebrity name loses and the other contestant advances to the bonus round.


Games vary in complexity and subject. Some games require teams to answer questions based upon photographs of celebrities, television programs, or films, while others ask teams to place items in categories or order items based upon a chronological scale. Other games require teams to identify the brand of grocery products based upon pictures of the product or to match pictures to audio clues played for the team. Several other games are based on wordplay, requiring teams to identify subjects for which the vowels have been removed, titles in which the order of words has been shuffled or to identify titles and phrases which are displayed in a language other than English. Games where a time limit is involved are typically played for 90 seconds.

Celebrity Name Game (bonus round)[edit]

In the bonus round, "Celebrity Name Game", the winning contestant chooses one of the six celebrities as their partner (beginning in season three, this was changed to two celebrities, one from each team). The chosen celebrity begins describing a different celebrity as best they can. For every celebrity the winning contestant identifies correctly, the contestant earns $1,000 and the celebrity receives $1,000 for his or her charity. If the contestant guesses 10 celebrities correctly within 90 seconds, the contestant's winnings are increased to $25,000 and the celebrity partner wins $10,000 for his or her charity (in season three, each celebrity won the same amount, up to $10,000, for their charities).

Not to be confused with Celebrity Name Game, an unrelated television game show of the same name hosted by Craig Ferguson.


On August 1, 2011, NBC announced that they were developing the series, then under the name Celebrity Game Night.[2] The project's name was changed to Hollywood Game Night when it was ordered to series on December 18, 2012.[1] In February 2013, it was announced that Jane Lynch would host the show.[3] The first season of Hollywood Game Night premiered on July 11, 2013.[4]

Created by actor/producer Sean Hayes and producer Todd Milliner, the show was inspired by real-life cocktail party-style game nights held by Hayes and Milliner.[5] "Sean Hayes, the creator of the series, has these notorious game nights that are so much fun, that a variety of people go to because he has a lot of interesting people in his life," Lynch told The Huffington Post. "And he said 'Let's put it on TV,' and NBC said, 'OK!' Before I knew it, I was hosting it, and we rented this mansion that is, ostensibly, mine, and we put couches in there and we got everybody tanked up on booze and we played these games."[6]

On August 20, 2013, NBC renewed Hollywood Game Night for a ten-episode second season.[7] The program's second season began with a Christmas episode that aired on December 23, 2013. Regularly scheduled episodes then premiered on January 20, 2014,[8] and aired on Mondays[9] until February 3. The rest of the season's episodes were aired on Thursdays, from February 27 to July 24.[10] The season was soon extended, with the eleventh episode airing on April 17.[11] The season includes fifteen new party games as well as some from the previous season.[12]

NBC announced on May 11, 2014 that Hollywood Game Night would return for a third season.[13] Season three began airing on July 7.[14] Season four premiered on January 5, 2016.[15][16] Season four episodes aired on Tuesdays at 8 pm beginning January 5, 2016 until February 23 of the same year. The show returned with a new episode on March 13, 2016, in its new time slot of 10 pm Eastern Time. On March 30, NBC pulled the show from its Sunday night schedule, with one unaired episode remaining from the fourth season, which aired on July 28, 2016.[17]

A New Year's Eve-themed live episode of Hollywood Game Night, New Year’s Eve Game Night, was broadcast by NBC on December 31, 2015, replacing the primetime hour of New Year's Eve with Carson Daly. Andy Cohen hosted, as Lynch was unable to participate due to other commitments.[15]

On May 15, 2016, NBC announced plans to renew the series for a fifth season set to debut sometime during the 2016–17 television season.[18][19] Originally set to premiere on August 7, 2017,[20][21] the season debut was eventually moved up to June 22.[22]

On April 11, 2017, Game Show Network (GSN) announced plans to air reruns of the first four seasons beginning on April 17.[23]


Hollywood Game Night's ratings were first or tied for first in its timeslot for every episode of season one.[24] The show received little advance press, but was reviewed positively by Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, who said, "Fast-paced, with a certain 'learn-as-you-go' air, the premiere episode...supplied a nice number of laughs and the inevitable angsty moments of group competition."[25]

Awards and nominations[edit]

On August 25, 2014, Lynch won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program at the 66th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.[26] On February 14, 2015 the writers of Hollywood Game Night won the Writers Guild of America award in the Quiz and Audience Participation category.[27]

On September 19, 2015, Lynch won her second Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program at the 67th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

In 2017, the series was honored at the 69th Writers Guild of America Awards for Writing in the Quiz and Audience Participation category.[28]

Awards and nominations for Hollywood Game Night
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 Emmy Award Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Jane Lynch Won
Online Film & Television Association Best Host or Panelist in a Non-Fiction Program Won
Best Non-Fiction Program Hollywood Game Night Nominated
2015 Writers Guild of America Quiz and Audience Participation Won
Online Film & Television Association Best Host or Panelist in a Non-Fiction Program Jane Lynch Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Jane Lynch Won
2016 Writers Guild of America Quiz and Audience Participation Hollywood Game Night Won
Emmy Award Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Jane Lynch Nominated

International versions[edit]

Country Local title Host(s) Channel Year Refs
 Canada Silence, on joue!
Quiet, we're playing!
Patrice L'Écuyer Ici Radio-Canada Télé 2015 [29]
 Czech Republic Hvězdná Párty
Stellar Party
Petr Rychlý TV Nova 2016 [30][31]
 France Canapé Quiz
Sofa Quiz
Arnaud Tsamere TMC 2014 [32]
Celebrity Game Night Smaragda Karydi Mega Channel 2014 [33][34][35]
 Hungary Gyertek át! / Gyertek át szombat este!
Come Over! / Come Over Saturday Night!
Balázs Sebestyén RTL Klub 2015 [36]
 Iceland Spilakvöld
Game Night
Pétur Jóhann Sigfússon Stöð 2 2015
 Indonesia Celebrity Games Show Indra Herlambang RTV 2014 [37]
 Russia Подмосковные вечера
Moscow Nights
Alexey Likhnitsky and Roman Yunusov Channel One 2016 [38]
 Spain Jugamos en Casa
Playing at Home
Los Morancos TVE 2015 [39][40]
 Ukraine Добрый вечер на Интере
Good evening on Inter
Andrew Domanski Inter 2016 [41]
 Thailand ซุป'ตาร์ปาร์ตี้ Celebrity Game Night
Superstar Party Celebrity Game Night
Willie McIntosh ONE HD Channel 2014 [42][43]
 Turkey Saba Tümer ile Oyuna Geldik/Saba ile Oyuna Geldik
We Came To the Game with Saba Tumer/We Came To the Game with Saba
Saba Tümer TV8 2015 [44]
 United States Hollywood Game Night Jane Lynch NBC 2013 [45]
New Year's Eve Game Night Andy Cohen 2015 [46]


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