CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame is looking for two contestants, a man and a woman, for its after-hours "Hillbilly Squares" show on June 24.
Applicants can tell organizers why they would like to be a contestant by email, facebook or twiitter at #wvmhof. Winners will be announced on June 20, West Virginia Day.
"Hillbilly Squares" will follow the two "West Virginia Squares" tapings on June 24 at the Clay Center. The 10 p.m. show, which is not recommended for children, will be hosted by Pierre LaCock, Peter Marshall's given name.
"It's something Peter has done many times before," said Hall of Fame Director Michael Lipton. "We thought it would be fun and a great opportunity for the celebrities to turn their sense of humor loose. Peter comes from a vaudeville background so it will be an old-school 'blue' show with some good-natured off-color humor."
As part of Festivall 2014, the Hall of Fame will produce taped segments of "West Virginia Squares" at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. June 23-24 at the Clay Center. Questions will feature state music and history.
Admission is free.
Each show will include songs performed by Marshall, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Charlie McCoy and Bob Thompson.
The shows will be hosted and co-produced by Marshall, the original host of "Hollywood Squares" and a West Virginia native.
The celebrity squares will feature notable natives including: Joyce DeWitt of Wheeling (Janet Wood on the TV show "Three's Company"); 2008 Hall of Fame inductees Charlie McCoy and Billy Edd Wheeler; Sonny Turner, former lead singer of the Platters; "America's Got Talent" winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.; Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris; Miss West Virginia Charisse Haislop; Donnie Davisson of the Davisson Brothers; Charleston Mayor Danny Jones; and "Mountain Stage" host Larry Groce.
"Hollywood Squares" first aired in 1966 and ran almost uninterrupted through 2004. Marshall, who has roots in Clarksburg, Wheeling and Huntington, hosted more than 5,000 episodes of "Hollywood Squares" between 1966 and 1981 and won five Emmy Awards.
In 2013, TV Guide ranked "Hollywood Squares" No. 7 in its list of the "60 Greatest Game Shows of All Time." Marshall also co-hosted the 2011 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony and was inducted in 2013.
West Virginia Squares contestants will include winners of the 2014 West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Award
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