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Hollywood Game Night is the show where celebrities are made to look ‘silly’!
December 20th, 2013 under Jane Lynch, Sean Hayes. [ Comments: none ]


Hollywood Game Night was the hot show of the summer and it is back this Monday at 10p to warm up our winter starting with a special holiday edition. The celebrities taking part on the Christmas show are, Ray Romano, Cheryl Hines, Gavin DeGraw, Rachel Bilson, Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker. For the first time in HGN history, a married couple is on the show. Recently I went to the set of the popular game show and host Jane Lynch told us that Roddick and Decker are on opposing teams. So should we expect niceness from them? She told us they came to play, so expect some unmodel like behavior and some backhand comments between them. If that isn’t a reason to tune in, then the fact that the game show likes making celebrities look silly is the other reason to check it out.
So who are the other celebrities that are coming up on the show’s second season that officially starts on January 20th at 10p? They are Julie Bowen, Beth Behrs, Valerie Bertinelli,Lester Holt, Jason Alexander, Martin Short, Sean Hayes, Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Alison Janney, Don Cheadle, Christina Applegate, Rosie O’Donnell, Penny Marshall, Chris Colfer, Taryn Manning, Donald Faison, Kaley Cuoco, Alison Sweeney, Fred Willard, Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Taraji P. Henson, Angela Kinsey, Jenna Elfman, Molly Shannon, Ellie Kemper, Bob Harper, Joel Madden, Nate Berkus, Erika Christensen, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mel B, Padma Lakshmi, Michael Weatherly, Yvette Nicole Brown, Anthony Anderson, Tiffani Thiessen, Pete Wentz, Adam Scott, Gary Dell’abate, Retta, Michael Chiklis, Tom Lennon, Paget Brewster, Mario Lopez, Alyssa Milano, Cobie Smulders, Taran Killam, Angie Harmon, Mark Feuerstein, Mayim Bialik and Henry Winkler.
So what surprises can we expect from that list of names. Lynch told us they tried to put couples and BFFs on opposite teams, but that idea struck out with Penny Marshall and Rosie O’Donnell so they are the same team. The Glee coach used one of her co-stars as a buffer between the two women or as she put it, “We put Chris Colfer between them to knock down the testosterone.” We will have to tune in to see if their team is something to sing about. On that note, some of the stars joined the band for a song or two including The Shield’s Michael Chiklis on drums and NBC News’ Lester Holt on bass. One star Lynch was singing the praises of was Rachel Bilson, who she misjudged because of her work on The OC. Jane told us that she was actually quite funny and the Hart of Dixie sweetheart shares a hilarious story about her pet pig that will leave everyone in tears because they are laughing so hard.
Just like every episode of Hollywood Game Night has done thus far. So don’t be a Scrooge and start your Christmas cheer early with HGN this Monday at 10p. Don’t miss it or be prepared to be Clue Boomed!

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Hollywood Game Night is Picture Purr-fect tonight!
August 1st, 2013 under Jane Lynch, Sean Hayes. [ Comments: none ]


Not only is tonight’s Hollywood Game Night on NBC at 10p the show’s best episode yet, it is also the closest one in the show’s run so far. How close, you will just have to watch to find out.
Now when it comes to why I loved this episode best. First the celebrity guests Tom Arnold, Stacy Keibler, Patricia Heaton, Rose Byrne, Anthony Anderson and Jamie Lynn Sigler have a great chemistry together. Anderson will surprise you by how good he is at almost every game. There is one he sucked at, but then again so did I when I played it so I am giving him some slack. Tom Arnold is also good at this game and really has a blast playing with everyone. When it comes to Keibler, us Stacys have something in common, we like to cheat and there is nothing wrong with that. Is there? Heaton really let’s her hair down tonight and proves she has a wild side.
When it comes to games we get two new ones tonight. The first one is called Picture Purr-fect where they have to guess the title of a movie, where the actors have been replaced by cats in a picture. The other one is a spin on the game Memory where you have to match TV hosts together (like Matt Lauer and Ann Curry) on a Memory touchscreen board. Them they play How Do You Doo, TV ID and Timeline, and there will be some surprises by how well some do at these games and how badly some others one do at them.
Now I might be biased when it comes to tonight’s episodes because tonight for the first time, I got almost every answer right. So if I can do well at it, so can you! Why not watch Jane Lynch nail it as a host on Hollywood Game Night and also to check out some actors make huge fools of themselves as they down the bubbly. What more do you need to end your Thursday night?
And NBC what are you waiting for, please pick up this show for another season already?!?

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Jane Lynch says that Game Night is the great equalizer!
July 25th, 2013 under Jane Lynch, Sean Hayes. [ Comments: none ]


Today at 10p Hollywood Game Night is back for another round on NBC and you don’t want to miss Sean Hayes, Dax Shepard, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph play the games. Some of them are drinking, some of them don’t understand the games and two of them will surprise you by how good they are at a game. Hint it’s not the show’s creator, Sean Hayes, who will surprise us!
Dax Shepard really knows his candy bars better than everyone else, while Jason Sudeikis is beyond amazing at Celebrity Fusion. Something that is pretty incredible because he had a few drinks by the time game started. When we asked Jane Lynch at a recent set visit, if they drink at Sean’s house when he hosts game night. She said that they did, then she explained “The thing that I love about game nights that I wanted to replicate and I know Sean did too, is the fun that we have at his house. Where everyone has had a drink, everyone has had something to eat, so you get a little crazy.” And they get more than that tonight, especially when you consider four of them were all regulars on Saturday Night Live.
Then she added another thing that the show and Sean’s parties have in common. She said, “It’s always a mix of people, you’d have celebrities, friends that are plastic surgeons or an optometrist, a bunch of different kinds of people. It’s the great equalizer, Game Night, isn’t it?” Something you get to see as the one civilian plays with the three celebrities. It’s like they have all known each other for ages and not just minutes.
One thing that Jane wanted to let us is that even though Sean P Hayes created the game, he was not part of the planning process leading up to the show’s taping. So what is the Sean Saves the World star like during the game nights at his real home? The Glee star said, “An absolute crazy person! He’s like Harpo Marx. He’s running around, knocking things over. He’s great!” So is he like that tonight when he is on the show? I am not going to tell you, you will just have to tune in to find out.
That and to see the players sing some very famous songs with just the word “Do”. Who is the best do do doing, you will you watch to find out on NBC tonight at 10p.

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Would you want Jane Lynch on your Hollywood Game Night team?
July 18th, 2013 under Jane Lynch, Sean Hayes. [ Comments: none ]


Are you ready for another round of Hollywood Game Night tonight on NBC at 10p? Well you better be because Valerie Bertinelli, Cheryl Hines, Sarah Chalke, Yvette Nicole Brown, Rob Riggle and Matthew Morrison are all trying their luck at the game that tests your pop culture knowledge in fun ways that you can play at home with your friends and family.
Now when it comes to the celebrities that are competing tonight on the show, the host Jane Lynch told us that Hot in Cleveland’s Bertinelli really gets into the game. So how is Lynch as competitor when she plays during her personal games nights off-camera? On a conference call she told us, “I love Game Night, you know, I’m a pretty competitive person at it. You want me on your team. You do not want to play against me.” Then she explained, “I think that Sean (Hayes) knew that I was very familiar with all the games and although we did create all of our own games for this but we used Sean’s night as the template.” You see the show creator Sean Hayes has been having game nights at his house for some time now and Lynch was one of the players. So one night when he was over at her house for dinner, he mentioned the show to her. As soon as he told her about it, she asked if she could host the show and the rest is Hollywood history.
So that was a memorable moment for her, what moments does she remember about filming the primetime game show? She responded generally by saying, “There were great moments. There are wonderful funny, crazy moments in every episode. Everybody’s always jumping up and down and high fiving and shaming each other and it’s a lot of fun.” Then she got more specific with, “Dax Shepard calling on the judges as if they exist. Well we do have judges, I guess, going judge you have to look at this. Martin Short falling off the couch every time the band starts to play as if it was a shock to him. Amy Poehler and Jason Sudeikis getting a little bit drunk.”
So those are some of her favorite moments, but which Hollywooder surprised her the most. She told us, “Well, Fred Armisen is very low key and that’s deceptive because everybody’s jumping up and down around him that perhaps you think he’s not very game and he was one So of the smartest of them all and he was fast. Maybe not a lot of volume but he was fast and to the point and did very, very well.” Things we are going to have to look for tonight and during the upcoming weeks, so make sure to tune in to see that and to learn some new games you can add to your own list.
Hollywood Game Night is not only about the celebrities, there is one non-celeb on each team. Was it tough for them to play with people who could be answers to the questions they are being asked? She revealed, “Well the thing that happened again game nights and this happens at every game I go, to including Sean Hayes’ at his house, is that it’s such a great equalizer. You forget who’s the celebrity and you forget who’s the civilian because you just want to win that point and it’s everybody playing together.”
Something you see as soon as it is time to play the game. So tune in tonight and every Thursday at 10p for the funnest hour of summer television that continues even after the credits roll.

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BTWF roles: Jane Lynch in Vice Versa
June 10th, 2013 under Before They Were Famous, Glee, Jane Lynch. [ Comments: none ]


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Before Jane Lynch was coaching high school cheerleaders on Glee, she was an executive at the place where teens like to shop in Vice Versa. She looks the same now as she did when she was 27 in that 1988 movie.

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