TV tonight: Star studded ‘Hollywood Game Night’ with host Jane Lynch

Premiere of ‘Hollywood Game Night’ features Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and Martin Short 

Photo: NBC/Hollywood Game Night

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 —Sean Hayes of “Will and Grace” fame has created a competitive show that actually sounds promising. On “Hollywood Game Night” premiering tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC, contestants get paired with famous teammates to play unique games that are as much fun to watch as they are to play.

Hayes, the show’s creator, got the idea from his own legendary game nights at his home. With Jane Lynch as host, two teams consisting of a regular citizen and three celebrities compete in various party games. The teams sit apart from each other on living-room couches, with glasses of what Lynch says is chardonnay close at hand.

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The one huge difference between this competitive reality show and the rest on TV is the fact that you don’t have to Google the “celebrity” contestants. Hayes has lined up an impressive list of real stars that includes Amy Poehler, Matthew Perry, Jason Bateman, Kristin Bell, Dax Shepard, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Minnie Driver, Martin Short and Lisa Kudrow.

NBC has only ordered 8 episodes of “Hollywood Game Night,” but the thought of watching real stars play games in a cocktail party atmosphere may prove to be a rare occurrence; something new from NBC worth watching.

Who doesn’t like the possibility of watching tipsy celebrities playing charades, especially when the contestants are well known celebrities instead of “I’ll do anything for exposure” wannabes?

My only question is whether or not Jane Lynch will show up in a track suit. Either way, the show sounds like it has potential, and a welcome relief from reruns and useless summer filler.

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Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Wipe Out: (New) Teams of exes face obstacles, including Miami Pound Machine and Sugar Smacks.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Amy tries to help Sheldon get over his compulsive desire for closure after one of his favorite TV shows is canceled before it reached a satisfying conclusion. Meanwhile, Raj uncovers a secret about the new woman in his life, Lucy.

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen: (Repeat) Part 2 of 3. The Top 5 contenders design their own menus for the dinner service before competing against a team of returning champions.

NBC: The Winner is…: (Repeat) Six more talented contestants battle it out for a spot in the running for the $1 million.

CW: The Vampire Diaries: (Repeat) Matt’s life is put in danger, while Damon prepares Jeremy to battle Klaus’ new vampires.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Two and a Half Men: (Repeat) Alan is alarmed when Jake brings his thirty something girlfriend home for a visit; Walden tries to keep a secret from Alan.

9 p.m.

ABC: Motive: (New) Flynn and Vega investigate the murder of a health food guru; Manny tries to get better grades.

CBS: Big Brother: (Live) Another houseguest is evicted from the compound.

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen: (New) The Top 5 chefs try to impress critics with their gourmet-burger creations, and the winner is treated to a spa day. Later, the chefs serve a VIP guest, but kitchen problems halt the dinner service.

NBC: The Winner is…: (New) Six acts compete before a panel of 101 judges.

CW: Beauty and the Beast: (Repeat) Cat invites Gabe to a remembrance event her family holds annually for her mother, and Cat uncovers info that makes her question whether her mom is really dead. Meanwhile, a sniper takes aim at the mayor, and Vincent connects Gabe to the sharpshooter.

10 p.m.

ABC: Rookie Blue: (New) During a routine traffic stop, Gail and Andy find a teenage boy bound and gagged in the trunk of a car; Oliver, Chris and Swarek track a gunman.

CBS: Elementary: (Repeat) Holmes investigates the murder of a young man who was shot upon entering his apartment. Meanwhile, Watson meets her ex-boyfriend for dinner.

NBC: Hollywood Game Night: (New) Contestants team up with celebrities to play a series of party games in this competition show hosted by Jane Lynch. The series premiere features star players Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Martin Short, Kristen Bell, Daniel Dae Kim and Alyson Hannigan.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Summer Camp at 8 p.m. on USA

The Hero at 8 p.m. on TNT

Intervention at 9 p.m. on A&E

Monumental Mysteries at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Burn Notice at 9 p.m. on USA

How it’s Made at 9 p.m. on SCI

Renovation Raiders at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Pawn Stars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel

Anger Management at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on FX

Four Weddings at 9 and 10 p.m. on TLC

The Graham Norton Show at 9 and 10 p.m. on BBC

Showville at 10 p.m. on AMC

Swamp People at 10 p.m. on History Channel

Sullivan & Son at 10 p.m. on TBS

Beyond Scared Straight at 10 p.m. on A&E

Gracelend at 10 p.m. on USA

Wilfred at 10 p.m. on FX

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

House Hunters International at 10:30  p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Columbiana on ENC

Velvet Goldmine on FLIX

Planet of the Apes on FXM

Risky Business on IFC

Goon on SHO

Jason and the Argonauts on TCM

The Woman in Black on TMC

9 p.m.

Pitch Perfect on HBO

The Change-Up on MOMAX

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1

The Notebook on STARZ

Unknown on TNT

Later tonight:

Paycheck at 9:35 p.m on SHO

Twisted at 9:40 p.m. on TMC

Original Gangstas at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

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