Hollywood Game Night is back and more raucous than ever.
The celebrity game show returns for its second season Monday at 8/7c with back-to-back episodes. Clue-Boom, which was debuted at the Television Critics Association winter previews on Sunday, is one of the new games that will be introduced in the second episode and, as advertised, includes a rather explosive consequence to losing the game.
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Read on for more behind-the-scenes scoop and what to expect from Hollywood Game Night:
Watch your back! According to host Jane Lynch and the producers, the most competitive stars have been Nate Berkus, Yvette Nicole Brown and "skinny" women like Julie Bowen, Angela Kinsey and Ellie Kemper. "I was afraid of them," Lynch confided.
Physical challenges: Lynch said that sometimes she has to be diplomatic if the contestants have had a little too much to drink. Alcohol issues aside, the producers still encourage physical games like Show Me the Music, in which celebs have to act out the songs for one team member who can't hear the tunes.
Not fit for TV: Testing weeds out the games that don't play as well on television, such as running charades, which has too much activity to cover on the show, executive producer Dwight Smith said. "Play along" ability is key.
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Home Game Night: Now you don't just have to yell at the TV -- you can yell at each other! Two versions of Hollywood Game Night are being developed to be released in February and April or May, said executive producer Michael Agbabian. "There's a board game and card game that features games from the show like TV ID... and How Do You Dooo?" he said. "It plays very similarly to how we do on the show. We're very excited that's happening."
Cast vs. Cast: It's still in early stages, so no names are confirmed yet, but the show would love to feature teams comprised of different show or movie casts going head to head. "For example we'd love What's Happening? and Mork & Mindy," said executive producer Todd Milliner. Smith added that there are a few husband vs. wives match-ups, like Andy Roddick vs. Brooklyn Decker on last month's holiday special, as well.
Learning curve: "It's pretty quick" Lynch said about giving the stars a trial run of how to play the games. From hair and makeup through to the end of the game, the whole process only takes three hours tops for a commitment because the games are simple enough to learn.
Casting "regular" people: Applicants have to go through an interview and pass a pop culture test to get approved for the show. "For them it's kind of a surreal moment to be at the house and play ... and sharing a cocktail with Olivia Wilde," Agbabian said.
Here's a sneak peek of the new season of Hollywood Game Night:
Hollywood Game Night returns with back-to-back episodes on Monday at 8/7c on NBC.
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