VH1, Ice Cube and his Cube Vision production company in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment, Scott St. John and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm, today announced that “VH1 Hip Hop Squares” has been renewed for a second season. The series debuted to over 3.2 million viewers across premiere night plays, is the #1 non-sports cable show in its time period with P18-34 and ranked as VH1’s highest rated new series in a year.
“The positive response to ‘Hip Hop Squares’ has been an incredible experience,” says Ice Cube. “My team and I are grateful to VH1 and everyone who has worked incredibly hard to make the show a success. The fan excitement and their commitment has us fired up and we can’t wait to start shooting. Viewers can look forward to a louder, crazier party with the next season.”
“‘Hip Hop Squares’ smashed ratings records as one of the most watched new series of the year,” said Chris McCarthy, President VH1, MTV and Logo. “We couldn’t ask for a better creative force to steer the show than Ice Cube or a better partner than CBS Distribution, and we are thrilled to keep this party going.”
“VH1 and Ice Cube have done a remarkable job modernizing the game elements of the legendary “Hollywood Squares,” said Scott Koondel, Chief Corporate Licensing Officer, CBS Corporation. “We are proud to be part of the team introducing ‘VH1 Hip Hop Squares’ to a new generation, and are delighted that the series has been picked up for a second season.”
“VH1 Hip Hop Squares,” hosted by DeRay Davis and executive produced by Ice Cube and his Cube Vision production company in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment, Scott St. John and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm, features the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares. Based on the iconic “Hollywood Squares” produced by King World Productions, Inc. and distributed by CBS Television Distribution, “VH1 Hip Hop Squares” is developed in association with CBS Television Distribution. Dionne Harmon and Neal Konstantini serve as co-executive producers. The series is directed by Ivan Dudynsky. Nina L. Diaz, Paul Ricci, Candida Boyette-Clemons, Trevor Rose and Elena Diaz are executive producers for VH1.
Celebrity contestants and squares this season 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 McClain and many more.