Ice Cube’s television game show, Hip Hop Squares, has signed for a second season with VH1. Read more after the jump.
“The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed reality competition series Hip-Hop Squares for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Exec produced by Ice Cube, the game show ranks as VH1’s highest-rated new show in a year — a key win for network president Chris McCarthy who recently added oversight of MTV to his purview. The series ranks as the No. 1 nonsports cable show in its time period among adults 18-34. The order is for an additional 20 episodes — on par with its freshman haul. The series will return in 2018.
“Hip-Hop Squares smashed ratings records as one of the most watched new series of the year,” McCarthy said. “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.”
Ice Cube and his Cube Vision executive produce the series in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment, Scott St. John and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm and CBS Television Distribution.
‘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 at CBS Corp. ‘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.'”