Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Coming Attraction: 'Family Game Night' & 'The Game of Life' on The Hub

"Twister Lights Out" on The Hub's "Family Game Night."

When I was younger, I used to play games like Monopoly and dominoes with my dad, and Yahtzee and The Game of Life with friends and friends' parents. When we had friends in from New York last month, Ian and I whipped out our game of Balderdash. And that's not even mentioning how many games we play with CC -- from Candy Land to Five Little Monkeys.

Needless to say, we love games.

That's why I think it's so cool that kid-friendly channel The Hub will be kicking off its second season of "Family Game Night" on Friday, Sept. 2. (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT). Hosted by Todd Newton, "Family Game Night" brings games we all know and love -- including Hasbro's Connect 4, Operation and Trouble -- from the board to the small screen.

Because The Hub is a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, they're able to tap into a wide variety of family-friendly faves.

"The Game of Life" on The Hub

When viewers tune into "Family Game Night" on Friday, they'll also get a sneak peek of new original Hub half-hour series "The Game of Life," premiering Saturday, Sept. 17 (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT).

Earlier this spring I had the chance to visit "The Game of Life" set, where producers were on hand -- and very excited -- to share how they have brought this game to ... well ... life. There's that wonderful spinning wheel that makes the same clicking sound as the game. And families hop in a car to start their adventures.

Placed in front of a huge screen that presents them with questions and varying roads, families huddle together to decide their game-show fate.

What producers stressed was the idea of family. It's not just about the kids -- although they're great, of course -- but bringing moms, dads, grandparents and the kiddos together.

(Photo credits: The Hub)


MasterShake13 said...

We recently made our own small-scale version of the new 'Family Game Night' show at our local park - inviting all of the families in our community to enjoy barbecue, spinning wheel games for small prizes, face painting, obstacle courses, and a movie showing! I can't wait to watch the show for more ideas; it was such a big success, and a fantastically fun night! :)

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