LeVar Burton to host ‘Trivial Pursuit’ game show for eOne

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LeVar Burton is set to host a TV version of the classic trivia game “Trivial Pursuit”, currently in development at Entertainment One (eOne).

“’Trivial Pursuit’ is one of the best known brands in the gaming world,” said Burton. “I am delighted to have partnered with Hasbro and eOne to market this beloved game as a premium television show.”

The hosting gig is part of an agreement between eOne, which is owned by Hasbro, and Burton’s LeVar Burton Entertainment (LBE) to develop “Trivial Pursuit” into a game show format. Burton will also produce the series with Sangita Patel and Tara Long of LBE and Geno McDermott of eOne. No network is currently attached to the series.

“LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American pop culture for decades, from ‘Roots’ to ‘Reading Rainbow’ to ‘Star Trek‘ and beyond,” said Long, president of unscripted global television for eOne. “His love for intellectual curiosity coupled with his ability to connect with audiences around the world make him the perfect partner in bringing Hasbro’s beloved trivia game to homes in new and exciting ways.”

The news comes after Burton was among the most popular picks to reprise the “Jeopardy!” hosting gig following the death of longtime host Alex Trebek. Burton had campaigned for the role, and was finally invited July 26-30. The role first went to “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards before he was fired, with Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings now set to host.

In an interview on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in September, Burton said he was no longer interested in hosting “Jeopardy!” following his experience with the quiz show.

“What’s crazy is that when you set your sights on something… they say to be careful what you wish for, because what I found out was that it wasn’t the thing you wanted. I wanted after all, ”Burton told Noah. “What I wanted was to compete. I mean, I wanted the job, right, but when I didn’t get it, it was like, ‘Well, okay, what’s next?’ “

“Trivial Pursuit” is currently available in over 26 countries and 17 languages. Over 100 million copies of the game have been sold and it has been named to the “Games Hall of Fame” by Games magazine. This is the last Hasbro game to be developed into an onscreen property, with eOne’s current roster including “Clue”, “Dungeons and Dragons”, “Power Rangers” and “Mouse Trap”.


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