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Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek has shaved off all his facial hair
Source: The Today Show
On Monday, the Jeopardy host posted a Twitter poll asking fans whether or not he should shave his summer beard. “Sorry to have to tell you folks, but voting is now closed," Trebek said today in an Instagram video. "And we’ve determined that the winner is my wife, Jean. She voted for me to be clean-shaven and so, that’s it.”
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Stephen Colbert challenges Alex Trebek to a beard-off
Source: The A.V. Club
“I have not been this angry at a game show host since Bob Barker tried to have me spayed or neutered,” Colbert said on The Late Show in reaction to the Jeopardy! host's new beard.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Jeopardy! lets fans vote on whether Alex Trebek should keep his beard
"To beard, or not to beard: that is the question," Jeopardy!'s Instagram said after Trebek unveiled his shocking new look. TMZ apparently has learned the beard's fate.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Why is Alex Trebek sporting a beard?
Source: The Today Show
Jeopardy!'s Twitter account sparked speculation with a video of Trebek with a beard, tweeting: "Stay tuned for a surprise bigger than the beard."
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
How Burt Reynolds inspired SNL's "Celebrity Jeopardy!" sketch
Source: The Washington Post
Norm Macdonald got the "Celebrity Jeopardy!" idea from an SCTV game show sketch written by Eugene Levy. Macdonald phoned Levy, who gave him the sketch. “When it came time to do the sketch, I went down and saw my wardrobe and there was white beard and a bald white cap, and I said, ‘No, no, I want to do Burt Reynolds from 1972,” Macdonald recalled to Howard Stern. “And it’s funny to me, but no one ever mentioned it, that one guy on 'Celebrity Jeopardy!' is from 40 years ago.”
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Jeopardy! arrives on Hulu
The classic game show makes its streaming debut today, with 60 episodes available from the recent past thanks to a deal between Hulu and Sony Pictures Television. The episodes available aired between 2012 and 2015, including a “Tournament of Champions,” a “College Championship” week and a “Kids Week,” along with “Battle of the Decades." Hulu announced the news via a video promo featuring host Alex Trebek, saying in his trademark fashion: “It’s the streaming service that’s now home to one of the most beloved quiz shows of all time, Jeopardy!" After pausing for dramatic effect, he said, "What is Hulu?"
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Alex Trebek's picks to succeed him Jeopardy! respond, but a superfan says Anderson Cooper makes the most sense
Source: The New York Times
Trebek named Los Angeles Kings announcer Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst Laura Coates in his interview on Fox News' OBJECTified that hinted he'll likely step down from Jeopardy! in 2020, when he turns 80. "I guess there are worse ways to randomly see your name show up on TMZ!" tweeted a "flattered" Faust. Coates tweeted: "Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I'd be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family & still watch w/ my own kids." Andy Saunders, who runs The Jeopardy! Fan site, said the front-runner in his eyes is Anderson Cooper, who could work on Jeopardy! four to six days per month while keeping his CNN and 60 Minutes gigs. Saunders said of Trebek: “He has so much experience and he is such a good host that anyone, even Anderson Cooper, would find it incredibly difficult to fill Alex’s shoes."
- LeVar Burton pitches himself as Trebek's replacement: "I’ve had my eye on this gig for a looong time" he said, adding: "Sorry, brother! There is only one game show I’ve ever wanted to host... This Is Jeopardy!"
- Ken Kennings joked about replacing Trebek: "(be right back), deleting ten years of pedophilia jokes"
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Alex Trebek hints he'll retire from Jeopardy! in 2020
Source: Page Six
Trebek said on Fox News Channel's OJECTified that there's “50/50 (chance) and a little less" that he'll stay after his contract expires in two years, when he turns 80. Trebek also revealed his two picks to replace him, including Alex Faust, the 28-year-old play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings. If the producers want a female host, "there is an attorney, Laura Coates,” he said. “She’s African-American and she appears on some of the cable news shows from time to time.”
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Jeopardy! invites a contestant back after a typo in a "Final Jeopardy" clue
Source: Chicago Tribune
Vincent Valenzuela, who competed on Friday's show, was given a clue along with his competitors that was different from the way host Alex Trebek read the clue.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Alex Trebek sued over his large dog
A woman alleges the Jeopardy! host's large dog came charging at her, resulting in her running away and falling onto the street, where she was almost hit by an SUV.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Jeopardy! writer was allowed to devote a category to Rick and Morty
Staff writer Mark Gaberman was able to get his Rick and Morty category even though the head writer has never seen the Adult Swim hit.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Read an oral history of SNL's "Black Jeoaprdy" sketch
SNL co-head writer Bryan Tucker says of his sketch that debuted in 2014: "I’ve been writing at SNL for 13 years, but 'Black Jeopardy' is probably the sketch I’m most proud of. I am white, but during the formative times in my life, the comedians that I really enjoyed were always black." Fellow co-head writer Michael Che adds: "It worked because, well, Tucker’s not a typical white writer. He’s worked on a lot of black shows. He gets that humor, so a lot of it was us just making black jokes that we knew to be true." ALSO: Kenan Thompson hopes SNL gets former President Obama to do Black Jeopardy.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Dane Cook hilariously responds to a Jeopardy! question about his convicted half-brother
“I love Jeopardy!, I can just watch it and get away from it all,” he said before showing his reaction to his real life becoming part of the hit game show.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Jeopardy! pays a subtle tribute to Patton Oswalt and his late wife Michelle McNamara
Source: The A.V. Club
Alex Trebek didn't call attention to the shout-out to Oswalt's 2017 Netflix Annihilation special.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
SNL's celebrity cameo-filled 43rd season highlights the problem of having few cast members who are stars
Source: The Atlantic
"Since the departure of its prior core group of stars (the last of whom, Seth Meyers, departed midway through Season 39), SNL has struggled to build a major identity around its newer ensemble," says David Simms. "(Kate) McKinnon, the show’s one bona-fide star, and Kenan Thompson, its longest-running cast member, are two hall-of-famers. Everyone else is a mix of solid but unspectacular performers, some of whom (like Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong) have been with the show for six years without ever quite making it their own." Simms notes that Saturday Night Live is doing fine, ratings-wise. But, he adds, "beyond the growing staleness of its Trump material, SNL struggled to really address some of the biggest news stories of the year, especially the #MeToo movement." The one standout episode was the one hosted by Donald Glover, he says. "There’s a lesson to be learned from Glover’s episode: Its distinctiveness is what made it work, and helped so many of its sketches travel online in the days following," says Simms." More often than not, SNL succeeds when its cast members and writers build up recognizable brands of humor that can recur throughout the show. That’s never been true for much of SNL’s current cast, partly because they’re not given enough air time to define themselves onscreen, and some of the longer-serving veterans may have missed their chance to do so entirely. It’s a problem the show knows that it has—and a mistake it should steer clear of when it begins its next rebuild around newer stars."
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