Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hippety hoppety

Finally got around to watching Hip Hop Squares on the VH1 web site. I sampled the first episode.

Long story short: it's okay. There are a couple things I don't like. For some reason there are no civvie contestants. Instead a couple of (minor) celebs play for civvies from the audience. Uh no, let the civvies play for themselves. The second goof is a random bonus round that seems like the most after of afterthoughts.

Otherwise, the show is entertaining enough. The basic Hollywood Squares format remains intact, and the set has been spiffed up. They've even got dancers hip hopping around. DeRay Davis, looking a tad heavier than in his GSN Mind of a Man days, hosts amiably enough, though he seems over-caffeinated.

The questions were all about the tackier parts of pop culture, including various body parts. With one exception: one question actually quoted the Declaration of Independence. And that's not a bluff.

Meanwhile, the most important review - from the Nielsen Company - was favorable for the first two eps. About two million viewers and 18-49 ratings at or above the big one-point-oh.

16 comments:

  1. Hip Hop Squares was okay, but I prefer MTV2's version much better than VH1. I wanted to like VH1's version, but I can't. VH1's pacing is way too slow, they was way too much stalling. DeRay's hosting is too weak. Thanks to the socks cannon thing, the other player in turn didn't get a chance to play or choose a square. That wasted precious game time. VH1's version ruined it. If they get renewed, they better fix the problem and make some changes.

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  2. One problem I had was the first 5 minutes of the first episode was more of a chit chat show. I was like, "Get to the darn game already!". DeRay was okay, though he seemed a lot more excitable on this show than he did on Mind Of A Man. Maybe this format works a lot better for him. I actually didn't mind the crude humor. It's VH1 for crying out loud. You're not gonna get a G rated show here.

    Though it's still tamer than the shows on HBO.

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  3. I guess Squares fits right in with most shows on VirtualHood1. I say this because their line-up now seems like BET lite. Basically a channel for pasty white guys who want to be cool like their brothas. I watched the first ep and that was enough. Definitely not appointment TV.

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    1. Hey Trump voter, go back over to the GSF with the rest of your racist buddies!

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    2. HD always says he's gonna leave this blog but he never does. Sort of like those dumb celebs who said they would leave the country if Trump won. Sigh.

      Anyway, watch the "racist" name-calling. You're pushing the line on libelous comments, and you know it.

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  4. Watch the racial stuff. I'll let this comment go, but there's a no-no on bigoted comments in the Legalities and Technicalities.

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    1. There's nothing racial in my post. VH-1 is targeting the black audience more than ever, but the shows are more lightweight than BET. Just that simple. This doesn't bother me at all and if it brings in the audience more power to them. Getting called out for this has made me decide it's time to no longer view or post on this site. We've been down this road before and I've had enough. When we can't chuckle and must be 100% politically correct, it's time to move on. Enjoy your prim and proper site my friend, time to remove from my favorites drop down.

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    2. Fine with me if you want to move on. To say there was nothing racial in your comment is ridiculous, of course. "Pasty white guys who want to be cool like their brothas" was pushing the line, and you knew it. As the Legalities and Technicalities say, there are 888 gazillion other blogs out there.

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    3. Isn't Tammy just another one of Scott Rahner's alter egos?

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    4. I came back to see if Casey replied, so one final post before I go...Okay, I meant to say nothing 'racist' about my post. I was speaking in generalities that lots of white guys want to be cool like their black friends. I was saying this as a way of being witty and attempting humor. My friends come from all races and laughed when I pointed them to my comment and Casey's PC reply. I've seen many things on here that offended me much more, including the time you took my post from GSF and made fun of me. Still hurts to this day and you continue to refuse to make an apology. Man up and grow a pair my friend. Enjoy your precious site, as it's one viewer lighter starting now. And to answer GSN92's question...I posted on Scott's site a little before he was shut down, but that's all I had to do w/ him. I'm a human being from SE MI and if you'd like I can give you personal contact info.

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    5. I don't even know what post from GSF you're talking about, so don't hold your breath for an apology.

      As for your laughing friends, you knew you were pushing the line with the racial comment. I didn't even delete your comment, just gave you a gently worded warning to watch the racial stuff.

      Hope you find another one of the 888 gazillion blogs out there.

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  5. I just wish one day we get an actual Hollywood Squares revival. ABC's reviving old shows left and right, so maybe soon it'll happen.

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    1. Or revive the Match Game/Hollywood Squares hour. Have Bergeron and Baldwin share hosting duties.

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    2. That could work. It would be nice. The first half hour would be MG, and the next would be Squares.

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  6. Interesting. According to TV By The Numbers, Family Feud and Judge Judy are neck to neck in season averages. Judy has a 7.1 average for the season while Feud has a 7.0. Maybe Feud might unseat Judy as the top show in syndication.

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  7. I remember when VH1 stood for Video Hits One. In fact one of their first VJs was Rosie O'Donnell. All the MTV networks have gone into the trash since they've vagabonded music. The only two that are 24/7 music is MTV Classics and NickMusic.

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