Bravo’s late-night host Andy Cohen is getting a plum primetime gig on NBC, hosting a special live edition of the network’s popular unscripted series Hollywood Game Night on New Year’s Eve. Titled NBC’s New Year’s Eve Game Night With Andy Cohen, the hourlong special will air at 10 PM, taking over the primetime portion of NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly for the first time since the franchise launched in 2003.
The Voice host Daly will be back for the late-night portion of his annual live special at 11:30 PM — this time joined by Cohen — from Times Square, with The Voice coach Gwen Stefani set to perform. Insiders indicate NBC was looking to shake things up by offering an alternative to the traditional New Year’s Eve coverage where ABC has been the longtime established player. Hollywood Game Night host Jane Lynch reportedly had other commitments but continues as host of the regular series, which returns for Season 4 on January 5.
“I love three things — a party, live TV and celebrities playing games — so combining all three on New Year’s Eve is my idea of a perfect night,” Cohen said.
Eight celebrities will participate in New Year’s Eve Game Night, facing off in party games based on Hollywood Game Night, in addition to newly created New Year’s Eve-themed games created especially for this special.
NBC New Year’s Eve Game Night With Andy Cohen is produced by Hollywood Game Night producer Hazy Mills Productions, Mission Control Media and Universal Television. The executive producers are Michael Agbabian, Dwight D. Smith, Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner and Michael Binkow.
NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly is produced by Irwin Entertainment and Universal Television. The executive producers are John Irwin and Carson Daly.