[02/22/17 - 01:06 PM]
"VH1 Hip Hop Squares" Kicks Off Monday, March 13th at 10PM ET/PT
Hosted by comedian DeRay Davis, the season kicks off Monday, March 13 with two new episodes per night for a branded "VH1 Hip Hop Squares Week."

[via press release from VH1]





(NEW YORK, NY) February 22, 2017 - VH1 today announced the network's highly anticipated game show "VH1 Hip Hop Squares," hosted by comedian DeRay Davis, kicks off Monday, March 13th at 10PM ET/PT with two new episodes per night for a branded "VH1 Hip Hop Squares Week." Following the week-long premiere, "VH1 Hip Hop Squares" will join VH1's unstoppable Monday night programming block of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" and "The Breaks" every Monday at 10PM ET/PT.

"VH1 Hip Hop Squares" is VH1's version of the classic game show "HOLLYWOOD SQUARES" that will be produced by Ice Cube and his Cube Vision production company in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment and Jeff Kwatinetz's The Firm. Featuring the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they come to play and stay to party, celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares.

Celebrity contestants and squares include Ice Cube, Teyana Taylor, T.I.P., Amber Rose, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, Mel B, Nelly, Karrueche, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Tyga, T- Pain, Master P, Monica, Cedric the Entertainer, Keri Hilson, "The Real's" Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai, Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe and "The New Edition Story's" Faizon Love and Woody the Great, along with VH1 talent Jackie Christie from "Basketball Wives: LA," "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta's" Joseline Hernandez, Jessica Dime, Karlie Redd, Mimi Faust, Yung Joc, "Love & Hip Hop: New York's" Cardi B, and Yandy Smith, "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood's" Princess Love, Ray J, Fizz, and Safaree Samuels, "Mob Wives'" Drita D'Avanzo, "Black Ink Crew's" Sky and Stevie J from "Leave it to Stevie."

Additional celebrity guests this season include:

· Affion Crockett

· Alesha Renee

· Christina Milian

· Da Brat

· Damien Danté Wayans

· DC Young Fly

· Deon Cole

· Demetrius Shipp Jr.

· Diggy Simmons

· DJ Drama

· DJ Yella

· Don Benjamin

· Dreezy

· Erica Ash

· Eva Marcille

· James Davis

· Jasmine "Golden Barbie" Sanders

· Jazmyn Simon

· Jessica Burciaga

· Jessica White

· Jessimae Peluso

· Jessie T Usher

· Joe Budden

· Justin Combs

· Kelis

· Kent Jones

· Kid 'N Play

· Kid Ink

· Lamorne Morris

· Letoya Luckett

· Lil Duval

· LisaRaye McCoy

· Machine Gun Kelly

· Michael Blackson

· Michael Ealy

· Mike Epps

· Naughty By Nature

· Nick & Vanessa Lachey

· Nick Young

· Romeo

· Rotimi

· Selita Ebanks

· Sevyn Streeter

· R&B group, SWV

· Tiffany Haddish

· Tisha Campbell-Martin

· Too Short

· T-Pain

· Trina

· Tyson Beckford

· Utkarsh Ambudkar

· Vanessa Simmons

· Vivica A. Fox

· Wale

For more information on "VH1 Hip Hop Squares" 'LIKE' VH1 on Facebook & follow @VH1 on Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat. Join the conversation using #HipHopSquares.

Based on the iconic "Hollywood Squares" produced by King World Productions, Inc. and distributed by CBS Television, "VH1 Hip Hop Squares" is developed in association with CBS Television Distribution.

"VH1 Hip Hop Squares" is executive produced by Ice Cube and Cube Vision with Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment, Scott St. John and Jeff Kwatinetz's The Firm. Dionne Harmon and Neal Konstantini serve as co-executive producers. Series directed by Ivan Dudynsky. Nina L. Diaz, Paul Ricci, Candida Boyette-Clemons, Trevor Rose and Elena Diaz are executive producers for VH1.

About DeRay Davis

DeRay Davis is a comedian best known for his stand up specials that include Showtime's "Deray Davis: Powerplay," HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," BET's "Comicview" and "Comedy Central Presents." Previously, Davis was the host of the GSN series "Mind of a Man." Davis is also a series regular on MTV's hit series "Wild 'n Out." Davis' film appearances include Retaliation, 21 Jump Street, Jumping The Broom, Semi Pro, Old Dogs, Imagine That, License to Wed, School for Scoundrels, Life As We Know It, The Cleaner, Scary Movie 4, The Fog, Barbershop 1 & 2, and Johnson Family Vacation.

About Cube Vision

Cube Vision is a film and television production company, founded in 1998 by award winning actor, writer, producer and music legend Ice Cube. The company's debut film was Next Friday, the sequel to Cube's 1995 classic Friday, a film that he both wrote and starred in. Since then, Cube Vision has gone on to produce hit films such as Barbershop 1, 2 and The Next Cut, Are We There Yet, Ride Along 1, 2 - as well as the critically acclaimed documentary film Straight Outta LA for ESPN Film's 30 for 30 and the scripted series Are We There Yet for TBS. Most recently, Cube Vision produced the Oscar nominated film Straight Outta Compton, a biographical film inspired by the rise and fall of the world's most dangerous group N.W.A. - which grossed over $200 million worldwide and topped the US box office for 3 consecutive weeks. In total, Ice Cube and Cube Vision films have grossed over 1 billion dollars at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent production companies in Hollywood.

About Jesse Collins Entertainment

Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film production company based in Hollywood on the Paramount Studios lot. Founder & CEO and entertainment industry veteran and Image Award(R) winner Jesse Collins has played an integral role in producing many of television's most memorable moments in music entertainment. He has produced award-winning programming including the BET Awards, BET Honors, UNCF's An Evening of Stars, ABFF Awards, Soul Train Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards, is a consulting producer for the iconic GRAMMY Awards and executive producer of BET's hit TV series, Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart. He is also the executive producer of VH1's Dear Mama and the upcoming game show, Hip Hop Squares with Ice Cube. Collins was the executive producer of the highly successful and critically acclaimed 3 part miniseries, The New Edition Story, a biopic on the boy band that premiered on BET in January 2017. The film dominated social media and brought in over 28 million viewers to the network marking it as one of BET's most successful shows-EVER. He has worked with a myriad of superstar talent including Will Smith, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince and Mariah Carey. Collins has been featured on Ebony magazine's prestigious Power 100 list, in numerous publications as well as on the covers of several magazines including Vibe magazine. Collins is a member of the Producers Guild of America and resides in Los Angeles. Go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/ for more information on the company.

About The Firm

Re-launched in 2015, The Firm produces film and television content across several networks and studios and also has robust operations in music and sports. The Firm's Film Division is producing such highly-anticipated projects as TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES starring Jennifer Garner and THE PALADIN. On the television side, The Firm has projects in development at nearly every major broadcast network, including five series on air this year with Haters Back Off (Netflix), Notorious (ABC), Salem (WGN), Royal Pains (USA) and Hip Hop Squares (VH1).

About CBS Television Distribution

CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication. CTD produces or distributes 10 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong. Among CTD's critically-acclaimed programs are the #1 syndicated series Judge Judy; talk leader Dr. Phil; the #1 and #2 rated game shows "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!"; the Emmy Award-winning talk shows "Rachael Ray" and "The Doctors;" the #1 and #2 newsmagazines "Entertainment Tonight" and "Inside Edition," along with "The Insider"; court show "Hot Bench"; and popular off-network product, including the "CSI," "NCIS" and "Star Trek" franchises, "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Frasier," "Criminal Minds," "Elementary," "The Good Wife," "Blue Bloods," "Hawaii Five-0," "Hot in Cleveland" and "Undercover Boss." In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS News, CBS Films and Showtime. CTD is a unit of CBS Corp.

About VH1

VH1 is the dominant pop culture brand for adults 18-34. The network is available in 93 million U.S. households and has an array of digital channels and services including the VH1 App, VH1.com, @VH1 and Love &Hip Hop: The Game. VH1 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

  [february 2017]  


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