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Jane Lynch hosts the ultimate star trivia party in 'Hollywood Game Night'

In addition to starring in Fox’s “Glee,” Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch hosts NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night,” a game show that returns for a second season on Jan. 20, 2014, with two back-to-back episodes that begin at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Guests on “Hollywood Game Night” include Sean Hayes (who is one of the show’s executive producers), Don Cheadle, Olivia Wilde, Taraji P. Henson, Kaley Cuoco, Jason Sudeikis, Julie Bowen, Lester Holt and Christina Applegate.

Jane Lynch
Jane LynchNBC
Jane Lynch in "Hollywood Game Night"
Jane Lynch in "Hollywood Game Night"NBC

In “Hollywood Game Night,” two contestants are transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities and compete for the chance to win up to $25,000. The first episode of the show’s second season has a battle of the sexes. Here is what Lynch said about “Hollywood Game Night” when she did a recent telephone conference call with journalists.

How do you think you would fare as a contestant on “Hollywood Game Night”?

I think I would do quite well — at least I think so. And a lot of people think they will do well and then they fall apart. But I think I would do quite well. I'm a pretty competitive person, and you'd want me on your team. You do not want to play against me. However, there are some games that I'm not as good at, especially the music.

And what's your best game? What's your strong suit?

I love celebrity, I love that we play that as the final round of every game. I'm very good at that. I also love that we have some brand new games, we have one called Four-Letter Word and we put blindfolds on the contestants and they're holding big foam letters. And they have to work with each other and spell a four letter word. So they have to figure out what letter they're holding and where it falls in the word and they have to spell that word. And that's a lot of fun.

What is the process for deciding which new games to include? And does it involve science?

Does it involve science? You know, there is a crack team, there's a crack team of game creators that we have on staff at “Hollywood Game Night,” and they're also writers and producers. And they're always coming up with new games. And so the ones that you're going to see that are new — Four-Letter Words being one of them and several others — have gone through a rigorous testing process and then finally approved by NBC, and then I think trademarked as well. And we have several new games. But I am not responsible for the new games. I do not have that kind of creativity. But there are some people that creativity, but there are some people who are good as that.

You're the captain of the ship, as it were. You can get as crazy as the rest of those like couch gangs. So do you feel like you like being the steadfast observer of the craziness or do you just bide your time until you can join in the fun?

It's a very natural role for me so I don't have to do that much thinking. I love hosting parties and I love creating environments for people to have fun and to be themselves. And then, you know it's just very natural for me to find a way to partake. So I don't walk away feeling at all ignored or cheated out of anything. I have a great time.

You mentioned that you love hosting parties. Can you tell us about what some of your famous Jane Lynch game night parties are like?

I don't have game nights. Sean Hayes has the game nights and he's usually the host at his house, and he of course is the creator of this series. So it was very nice of him to cede that control and give it to me for the television version. I don't have game nights at my house. I do a lot of dinner parties. And putting together a list is the big thing, to try and get the right people there. And the same thing, I try to create an environment where people are going to have fun.

And why do you think Sean picked you to host "Hollywood Game Night," out of all his many amazing friends?

I don't know. I don't know. I just feel really lucky.

For more info: "Hollywood Game Night" website