The New Hollywood Squares

(ended 1989)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 51

    March 23 - 27, 1987 - Wednesday

    Aired 3/25/87

  • S 2 : Ep 50

    March 2 - 6, 1987 - Wednesday

    Aired 3/4/87

  • S 2 : Ep 49

    April 27 - May 1, 1987 - Thursday

    Aired 4/30/87

  • S 2 : Ep 48

    March 23 - 27, 1987 - Monday

    Aired 3/23/87

  • S 2 : Ep 47

    February 16 - 20, 1987 - Friday

    Aired 2/20/87

  • Cast & Crew
  • Phyllis Diller

    Regular

  • Joan Rivers

    Regular

  • Tom Smothers

    Regular

  • John Davidson

    Host

  • Louie Anderson (I)

    Regular

  • show Description
  • Welcome to The New Hollywood Squares guide at TV.com. "Join John Davison and your favorite stars!" That was the tagline to the second revival to The Hollywood Squares, the classic celebrity tic-tac-toe game of bluffs. Davidson, a frequent guest celebrity for the original squares, presided over the fun this time around. Two contestants, including a returning champion, competed. In turn, each contestant chooses a celebrity, to which host Davidson read a question. Many of the celebrities gave zany bluffs (joke answers) before coming up with their own answer; sometimes, they also gave a funny explanation. It was up to the contestant to decide whether they would agree or disagree with the celebrity. A correct judgment earned the player their mark in the box, but an incorrect reply meant their opponent got the box. That is, unless it led to tic-tac-toe, for which the contestant had to earn himself. The first player to complete a tic-tac-toe – up-and-down, across or diagonally – won cash, depending on the round ($500 for the first two games, $1,000 for every round thereafter). The second game of each show was the Secret Square game, which awarded a trip. To win the trip, the contestant had to choose that celebrity (up to that point, known only to the home audience), for which Davidson read a special multiple choice question. If the contestant was correct in agreeing or disagreeing, he won the trip. If the "time's up" horn sounded in the middle of a game, each contestant won $200 for every mark on the board. The contestant in the lead was declared champion and got a chance to win a new car. The car round was largely the same as the car round on the 1970s version of Split Second. But to explain The New Hollywood Squares version: The contestant was shown five cars (usually the same make, with five different models available). He/she selected a key and chose a car he thought it would start. He/she was also allowed to pick one celebrity (for good luck) for every day he/she was champion (just like Rick Rosner's first game show Just Men!). If the car started, he/she retired undefeated; otherwise, he/she returned the next day to face a new challenger. Upon a champion's subsequent visits to the bonus round, previously chosen cars were not available to be won; if they returned on Monday, when a new set of cars was available, the least-expensive cars were taken out of consideration. A player competed until defeated, winning the car or staying on the show five days (after which time they automatically won the last remaining car). This show also had 4 car wins in a row, joining Card Sharks (CBS), Hollywood Squares (Bergeron) & Just Men! in that feat!moreless

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  • Notes (42)

    • Shadoe Stevens replaced Phylicia & Ahmad Rashad for this episode only.

    • With this episode, the name placards were enlarged for easier reading.

    • Miss America Kellye Cash replaced Teresa Ganzel mid-week.

    • This episode aired on Thanksgiving Day.

    • Bob Vila's square was decorated to look like This Old House.

    • Bob Vila's square was decorated to look like This Old House.

    • Bob Vila's square was decorated to look like This Old House.

    • Bob Vila's square was decorated to look like This Old House.

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    Trivia (9)

    • John Byner made his first of 20 first-season appearances in this episode.

    • During the first season, the top appearers are:

    • Louie Anderson - 8 of 39 weeks
    • Jm J Bullock - 5 of 39 weeks
    • Phyllis Diller - 5 of 39 weeks
    • Richard Simmons - 5 of 39 weeks
    • Smothers Brothers -5 of 39 weeks
    • Louie Anderson made his first of 40 first-season appearances in this episode. Milton Berle made his first of 20 first-season appearances.

    • Richard Simmons made his first of 25 first-season appearances in this episode.

    • Richard Lewis made his first of 20 first-season appearances in this episode.

    • Alf and Arleen Sorkin each made their first of 20 first-season appearances in this episode.

    • Jm J Bullock made his first of 25 first-season appearances in this episode.

    • Phyllis Diller made her first of 25 first-season appearances in this episode.

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  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Game show comedy at its finest!

    By davidarias, Apr 11, 2006

  • Game Show before Bergeron hosted it when the show was returning in 1998. Great Bonus Round. Front Game: $500 First two rounds, $1,000 each round for the rest of the game.

    By sherman95, Aug 02, 2005