The classic game show Hollywood Squares is getting a country music-based reboot on CMT, as the new iteration Nashville Squares will begin airing on the network November 1. Hosted by actor and comedian Bob Saget, the new series will pit actors, musicians, and other celebrities in the spotlight, both as contestants and square-fillers. The game will consist of the same format as the original Hollywood Squares, which is basically playing tic-tac-toe by answering questions correctly, though it will have a particular focus on country music. As such, it will also feature some musical moments on the show, which will reportedly even involve dance choreography from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: All Stars.
Neal Konstantini is serving as showrunner of the series with Ivan Dudynksky on board as director. Many of the celebrities involved have also been confirmed to appear on the show, so we have an idea of who to expect to see on Nashville Squares. At this time, comedian Bill Engvall, singer-songwriter Devin Dawson, and NASCAR driver Kyle Busch have been announced for the show. Also set to appear in the first season are country music artists Deana Carter, Jana Kramer, Jimmie Allen, Marie Osmond, Mickey Guyton, Mitchell Tenpenny, Sara Evans, Tanya Tucker, High Valley's Brad and Curtis Rempel, Thompson Square's Keifer and Shawna Thompson, and Hayley Orrantia.
Of course, many of us know Bob Saget best as the host of America's Funniest Home Videos, which he had been hosting in the '90s while also starring on Full House. He is particularly memorable for the wacky voiceovers he would apply to the various home videos screened on the program, along with his style of family-friendly humor which was the complete opposite of the raunchy material Saget is known to perform in his stand-up comedy act. Ultimately, Saget would serve as the host of the show from 1989 to 1997, and although Tom Bergeron and Alfonso Ribeiro have taken to lengthy runs hosting AFV in the years since, Saget still remains synonymous with the series and perhaps the most memorable television host of the '90s.
Saget has also taken to hosting other television shows in more recent years. He previously hosted the game show series 1 vs. 100, which aired on NBC from 2006 to 2008. Just this year, he began hosting the America's Funniest Home Videos spin-off series Videos After Dark, with providing his trademark voices to videos from the AFV vault too mature to be shown on the family-friendly version of the program. However, after airing for a single night back in March, the program has yet to air any additional episodes, and there have since been no updates as to whether we'll ever see additional episodes produced.
You can catch Saget hosting Nashville Squares when the program premieres Friday night on CMT with two back-to-back episodes. If you enjoy competitive game shows featuring recognizable celebrities, it should certainly be worth checking out. Additionally, you can see Saget performing stand-up on the road by checking out his tour dates on his official website. This information comes to us from Taste of Country.