If all you want for Christmas is to watch celebrities make fools of themselves singing pop songs off-key using only the word "doo" or to see famous movie scenes re-created with cats, you're in luck. Last summer's game-show hit "Hollywood Game Night" will return for a special holiday episode Dec. 23 featuring Ray Romano, Rachel Bilson, Cheryl Hines, Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker, and Gavin DeGraw, who will help contestants win $25,000 through party-game domination before returning regularly in early 2014. Yahoo TV sat down with host Jane Lynch exclusively to find out what's new for Season 2, who'd be on her dream team, and whether there is any truth to the rumor that she'll be seen topless in an episode.
What is new for Season 2?
New games, new set, new celebrities. We have lots of couples playing this season. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker. I judge, so I thought, "Hmmm, a tennis star and model. Cute, sweet." But they came to play. They were shouting crap at each other across the room. I dress up a little more. We threw a little more money at my look.
What's your favorite new game and why?
Clue-Boom, which is our version of hot potato. It's so dangerous and loud and nerve-racking. Even I have no idea when it is going to go off, and it takes me by surprise every time. It's just silly how afraid people get about bits of paper being blown into the air. We even make them wear safety goggles. I also love In Other Words, where people have to get their team to guess an iconic line of dialogue by replacing all the words.
What was the funniest moment so far?
There are many, but off the top of my head, during a round of Lil Picassos, which is the game where children draw portraits of celebrities, there was a picture of me, and the first guess was Chris Farley and then of course finally Ellen DeGeneres. But what's really funny about it is I'm topless. I'm in my tracksuit from ["Glee"]; it's open and the flesh color just goes all the way down. I have no breasts. I don't have it, but I want it. Maybe for my trailer.
What "Hollywood Game Night" games are you best and worst at?
I'm probably best at Celebrity. I'm worst at any of the musical games, which is terrible because I love music and am on a musical TV series — but I'm not up on the kids' music these days. I only know from hosting today's show that Katy Perry did a song called "Roar."
This is your first game show gig, but there have been many legendary hosts before you. Who is your emcee role model?
When I was growing up back in the '70s, the heyday of game shows, I loved people like John Davidson, Gene Rayburn, Bert Convy, Allen Ludden. All those guys. Charles Nelson Reilly was a fantastic celebrity guest who really knew how to create a space for the contestants to have fun. I'm now realizing the hosts were always men. I can't think of another female game show host. Little did I know, when I was watching "Match Game" that I was doing research for when I grew up to be a female version of them. There's your headline — Jane Lynch breaking down gender barriers in game show world. I have broken the glass ceiling. Go me.
You've witnessed two seasons of celebrity contestants. Who makes up your dream team?
I'd need three, so Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, and Sean Hayes, our producer whose game nights inspired the show.
Players can win up to $25,000 on "Hollywood Game Night." If you won the prize and had to spend it on something frivolous, what would you buy?
I'm such a giver. In reality, I would probably give it to my nieces. But if I had to blow it frivolously, I think I would put it toward a Tesla that hopefully wouldn't blow up on me. Although, aren't they 100 grand? I'd need to win four times.
Ryan Murphy has announced that "Glee" will end after Season 6. What is one thing you hope Sue Sylvester does/accomplishes/sings by the series finale?
I like that she is [the school] principal, and I like where it is taking her as a person. Her random acts of terror have slowed down. They are no longer the rule; they're the exception. I like that she is gaining esteem and integrity with the job because she takes it very seriously. I'd like to see her evolve to a better self. I would like to see that part of her that is very protective of Becky extend to everybody else. But still, every once in a while, she's gotta tear up an office or plan a sabotage because she is just so good at it.
"Hollywood Game Night" returns Monday, Dec. 23 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
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