Hollywood Squares has gone country. Unfortunately, Merrill Heatter may be turning over in his grave.
After MTV2 jettisoned Hip Hop Squares, which went through two hosts (Peter Rosenberg & DeRay Davis) in its run, step sister network CMT has picked up the baton with Nashville Squares, which bowed a week ago.
Actor-comedian Bob Saget, fresh from Fuller House, and looking like he'd spent too many nights at the buffet, is the host. However, the pace of the game has slowed almost to a crawl with gimmicks such as visual aids accompanying the questions, each of which, save for the Hidden (formerly Secret) Square, has dollar values attached. Members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, who, at last check, still have a reality show on CMT, provide a bit of a distraction from the silliness.
This time around, contestants don't play. Instead, they have celebrities, such as country legend Tanya Tucker and her daughter, Presley, as representatives. Bad idea. I'd sooner be watching reruns of the classic Hollywood Squares on YouTube than sit through another installment of this farce.
Edit, 3/4/20: Had to remove the video due to a Viacom copyright claim. In its place is a screen-cap:
I grew up with the Hollywood Squares and its initial spin-off, the short-lived Storybook Squares. The three tiered grid of the new show doesn't measure up to the original. Not even close.