September 1st, 2011
12:06 PM ET
Todd Newton likes to play games with people.
Newton hosts The Hub's "Family Game Night," which begins its second season on Friday. The show pits two families of four against one another in a series of competitions based on popular Hasbro games.
"When you have 60 minutes packed with families playing Twister, Connect Four and Operation, it's an immediate smile for families everywhere."
Newton, who earned his first Daytime Emmy nomination earlier this year for hosting "Family Game Night," says fans should expect more classic games to pop up this season, including Trouble and Simon.
The show also plans to have fun with "green screen" technology with the "Green Scream" mini-game.
"The game is set up so kids can roll around on the green screen and reveal parts of an image," Newton said, "Parents will need to identify the image to win points."
Viewers at home will also get a chance to win the same grand prizes featured on the September 2 and September 9 episodes. They’ll be asked to call a toll-free number, to appear during each broadcast, to enter the contest.
For Newton, who got his start on game shows with GSN's "Hollywood Showdown" in 1999, "Family Game Night" is a project he's quite proud of.
"It's the type of game show I want to be involved in." Newton said. "As the father of two young children, this is the perfect game show for a host and parent. No one gets humiliated or hurt on 'Family Game Night.' It's just fun."
So what "Family Game Night" mini-game does Newton enjoy the most?
"Definitely 'Bop It! Boptagon,' ” he said. The memory game based on the Bop It! children's toy is “the one game I love playing at rehearsal, and the one I want to do the best at."
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