The end of World War II in 1945 also marked the beginning of the TV game show (an American television institution that actually began on radio with the premiere of Truth or Consequences in 1941). Our friends at The Hollywood Museum had planned on celebrating that landmark in 2020 with a major exhibit that would’ve highlighted such popular hit game shows as Tic Tac Dough, High Rollers, The Price Is Right, The Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud and, of course, The Hollywood Squares.
When the pandemic scuttled those plans by shutting down the Museum for nineteen months, the Museum did the next best thing: It gathered forty-seven stars in 2020 to take part in a five-episode virtual take-off on Hollywood Squares and called it Hollywood Museum Squares. Featuring such Squares alumni as Peter Marshall (the original master of The Hollywood Squares), John Davidson (regular panelist on the original Squares and host of the 1986-1989 reboot), Tom Bergeron (host of the 1998-2004 Squares), Rich Little (regular panelist on the original Squares), Bruce Vilanch (head writer and regular panelist on the 1998 Squares), and Gilbert Gottfried (regular panelist on the 1998 Squares), as well as such celebrity panelists as Loni Anderson, Lindsay Wagner, Dee Wallace, Jerry Mathers, Loretta Swit, and Donna Mills, Hollywood Museum Squares was produced in an effort to secure the Hollywood Museum’s continuing mission to save and present entertainment history for and to future generations.
“The Hollywood Museum is a place for families to share quality time together,” says Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of the Museum. “What better way to offer families an experience together, especially over the holidays, than with the Hollywood Museum Squares.” Patrons can purchase individual shows for $10 each or the complete five-show bundle package at a special holiday season price** of $30. See StellarTickets.com for details and more information.
The Hollywood Museum Squares Episode Facts:individual shows for $10 each or all five shows as a bundle at a special holiday season price of $30** Line-Ups: Show 1 – Hosted by John Davidson (Hollywood Squares, The $100,000 Pyramid, That’s Incredible!) Celebrities: Bruce Vilanch (Center Square), Barry Livingston, Donna Mills, Ilene Graff, Judy Tenuta, Jim J Bullock, Gilbert Gottfried, Carolyn Hennesy, Petri Hawkins Byrd Show 2 – Hosted by Tom Bergeron (Hollywood Squares, Dancing with the Stars) Celebrities: Bruce Vilanch (Center Square), Lindsay Wagner, Carolyn Henessy, Anson Williams, Alison Arngrim, Kevin Spirtas, Teresa Ganzel, Rich Little, Rico Anderson Show 3 – Hosted by Marc Summers (Double Dare, Unwrapped) Celebrities: Loni Anderson (Center Square), Dee Wallace, Erin Murphy, Jeremy Miller, Wesley Eure, Glenn Scarpelli, Wil Shriner, Elaine Ballace Show 4 – Host Pat Finn (Shop Til You Drop, The Joker’s Wild, The Big Spin) Celebrities: Rich Little (Center Square), Bruce Vilanch, Alison Arngrim, Ruta Lee, Joyce Bulifant, Jerry Mathers, Loretta Swit, Jay Johnson, Carolyn Hennesy Show 5 – Host Bruce Vilanch (Hollywood Squares) Celebrities: Anson Williams (Center Square), Bob Bergen, Rodney Alan Rippy, Judy Norton, Robert Hays, Lee Purcell, Kathy Garver, Kate Linder, Hank GarrettThe announcer for each show is Shadoe Stevens, the legendary voice of American Top 40, and the announcer (and, later, a regular panelist) on the 1986 Squares. Hosted by John Davidson (episode 1), Tom Bergeron (episode 2), Marc Summers (episode 3), Pat Finn (episode 4), and Bruce Vilanch (episode 5) Each show features Special Greetings from Peter Marshall Each episode runs for thirty minutes. Patrons can purchase
** Regular price for the five-show bundle is $40. However, you can purchase the five-show bundle through Christmas Day for just $30 (a savings of 25 percent)
The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation showcasing more than 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures, spotlighting 100 years of Hollywood history – from the Silents to Talkies, to Hollywood’s Golden Era, Film Noir, Television and its Pioneer Years, through the rebellious 60s, special effects 70s, evolving 80s, involved 90s, technological 2000s, and beyond to current day heartthrobs! The Hollywood Museum’s exhibits showcase the best in film, network and cable television, and new digital platforms featuring iconic and fan favorites! The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is the Official Museum of Hollywood and offers visitors the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world – featuring the glamour of Hollywood legends and stars – past, present and in the making. The Hollywood Museum offers one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections, personal artifacts, posters, and memorabilia from favorite stars, films and TV shows. Located in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave, just steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum has been named the #1 top tourist attraction in Hollywood by LA Weekly, and one of the “Top 10” Museums in LA by the LA Tourism and Convention Board and Trip Advisor.
THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM’s COVID REQUIREMENTS: Before reopening its doors to the public, the Hollywood Museum completely upgraded its ventilation and filtration system with hospital-quality and school-quality filters, including the instillation of UV-blue light – filtration systems in its ventilation units to neutralize allergens and pollens in the air, and eliminate 99.9 percent of the mold, germs, and viruses that can cause COVID-19. Masks, however, are still required at this time.