'Squares' Hikes Ante

It will be a battle of million-dollar payoffs next month when game show “Hollywood Squares” gives away over $1 million to counter the buzz generated by the new game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” A rep for the highly-rated “Squares” said on Tuesday the show will give away a total of $500,000 in cash and prizes on its shows from Nov. 8 through Nov. 19, climaxing in a $1 million payout to one lucky viewer on Nov. 29. Jay Redack, senior vice president of production at “Squares,” said the show has always had a long-range plan to go into the November sweeps period with a grand giveaway. But why the $1 million target? “Sounds better than $820,000,” Redack told Reuters.

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