National treasure LeVar Burton has been tapped to host a game show. And before you ask: No, it’s not “Jeopardy!”
Hasbro’s Entertainment One and LeVar Burton Entertainment are developing a new competitive program called “Trivial Pursuit”, based on the classic board game of the same name.
In addition to hosting, the “Star Trek” actor will produce the series, the latest project in a growing list of Hasbro board game adaptations.
“Trivial Pursuit is one of the best-known brands in gaming,” Burton said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to have partnered with Hasbro and eOne to bring this beloved game to market as a premium show for television.”
The Entertainment One content pipeline also includes TV shows based on Clue and Risk, as well as a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired movie.
The board game version of Trivial Pursuit challenges players to advance by correctly answering various questions covering geography, entertainment, history, art and literature, science, and sports.
“LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American pop culture for decades, from ‘Roots’ to ‘Reading Rainbow’ to ‘Star Trek’ and beyond,” said Tara Long of Entertainment One.
“His love for intellectual curiosity coupled with his ability to connect with audiences around the world make him the perfect partner to bring Hasbro’s beloved trivia game to households in new and exciting ways.”
The casting announcement comes months after Burton became fan-favorite guest star on “Jeopardy!” and launched an online campaign to make him the syndicated program’s first permanent emcee since the death of Alex Trebek.
This concert ended briefly with “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards, who quickly lost both the host job and his executive producer job after wrongful dismissal lawsuits and sexist remarks came back to haunt him.
Burton has since clarified that he wants nothing more to do with “Jeopardy!” and that her career is booming following her appearance on the show.
The Peabody, NAACP and Daytime Emmy award-winning “Reading Rainbow” host was recently named Grand Marshal of the 2022 Rose Parade, which will take place in Pasadena on Jan. 1, a New Year’s Day tradition.
“The opportunities that came my way because I didn’t get that ‘Jeopardy!’ concert, I couldn’t have imagined it,” Burton told “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah earlier this year.
“If you had given me a pen and paper and said, ‘Well, what do you want this to really look like? If it didn’t include “Jeopardy!”, I wouldn’t have been so generous to myself.”