This summer, Jeopardy was in a lot of jeopardy.
Following the death of beloved longtime host Alex Trebek, the show went on an extended run of guest-hosted episodes as they sought to replace the man whose name had become synonymous with the game show. Despite fans making it clear that they wanted former Roots, Reading Rainbow, and Star Trek star LeVar Burton to take the reins, the show’s producers chose… one of their own producers. That didn’t go well.
Burton, meanwhile, weathered the storm with his typical class, even pulling himself out of the running once it opened up again. Now Burton’s restraint has paid off, and he has a chance to launch a new game show without any of the baggage or ongoing drama of Jeopardy.
Trivial Pursuit may not have the television legacy of Jeopardy, but it’s a pretty well-known trivial property, and trivia-loving Burton should be a great fit as host. It doesn’t yet have a home, but it’s being produced by eOne and game creator Hasbro.
“Trivial Pursuit is one of the best-known brands in the gaming universe. I am thrilled to have partnered with Hasbro and eOne to bring this beloved game to market as a premium show for television,” Burton said.
The team behind the show seems thrilled to have landed their host, whose profile has only been raised by the Jeopardy kerfuffle and with whom landing a network should be a breeze.
“LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American pop culture for decades from Roots to Reading Rainbow to Star Trek and beyond. His love for intellectual curiosity paired with his ability to connect with audiences worldwide make him the perfect partner to bring Hasbro’s beloved trivia game to households in a new and exciting way,” said Tara Long, president of global unscripted television at eOne.
No word yet on where or when the show might actually air.