LeVar Burton tops “Jeopardy!” To land a new game show gig


LeVar Burton landed a new TV gig just months after “Jeopardy!” passed over him.

Wednesday, Hasbro Entertainment One’s Content Studio confirmed who Burton had signed on to host a show based on the classic board game Trivial Pursuit. The longtime “Reading Rainbow” actor and host will also serve as one of the show’s executive producers.

Speaking to VarietyBurton called Trivial Pursuit “one of the most recognizable brands in gaming”, adding that he was “delighted to have partnered with Hasbro and eOne to bring this beloved game to market as a premium broadcast for television”.

Tara Long, president of global unscripted television at eOne, said in a statement that her company was thrilled to collaborate with “an iconic member of American pop culture” like Burton on the project.

“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 a new and exciting way,” a- she added.

A release date and network for the series have not been announced.

This summer, Burton was among several stars to guest-host “Peril!” as the show’s producers searched for a replacement for Alex Trebek, who died last year.

Burton had once described hosting “Jeopardy!” as his “dream job”, and his guest stay was well received by fans. Still, Mike Richards ultimately won the gig.

A slew of controversies over Richards’ past, including discrimination and harassment trial from his time as executive producer of “The Price Is Right” – resurfaced in the media soon after. After just one day on set, Richards quit.

Some fans have expressed hope that Burton might get a second chance to host “Jeopardy!” full time after Richards’ ignominious departure. Appearing on “The Daily Show with Trevor NoahIn September, however, Burton said he had moved on.

“What’s crazy is when you aim for something, you know, they say be careful what you wish for, because what I found out was that wasn’t what I wanted after all,” he said. “What I wanted was to compete. I mean, I wanted the job, but when I didn’t get it, it was like, ‘Well, OK, what’s next?'”


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