News Briefs: We're Already Talking About Trebek's Jeopardy! Replacement?

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TOO SOON NEWS

... It's uncomfortable to talk about, because Alex Trebek is still alive and kickin', but someday the trivia master won't be telling answers and asking for questions on Jeopardy! (Trebek's contract ends in 2016). But Sony Pictures TV, which produces the show, is already looking at Trebek's replacement. Among the names being bandied about: Matt Lauer, Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams, and Dan Patrick. Can we start a Kickstarter to get Michael Emerson to do it? [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Zachary Levi wants to use Kickstarter to fund a Chuck movie. He tweeted the idea when the Veronica Mars Kickstarter was big news, but apparently he's serious enough that he's doing interviews about it. Look what you've done, Rob Thomas! [EW]

... Old shows, get out of the fast lane! Both American Idol and Grey's Anatomy hit series lows last night. The singing competition drew a 3.0 rating in the adult demo, and the medical drama pulled in a 2.6. Community also went lower than its ever gone before, notching a 1.0, but what else is new? Time to start working on your wills, shows. [TV By the Numbers]

CASTING NEWS

... Tim Roth (Lie to Me) is heading to Discovery's scripted series Klondike, which is based on the book Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike. The show follows six men who battle the chilly elements of Canada and each other. Roth will play "The Count," a sketchy German guy. I know, redundant. Just kidding, Lighten up, Germany. [Discovery via press release]

... Showtime has a drama pilot in production called The Vatican, which is about... The Vatican. Specifically, the political turnings that go on behind the scenes. The pilot has cast its pope: Bruno Ganz, best known as the man who played Adolph Hitler in Downfall, which featured a clip that has been repeatedly raped by the internet to show Hitler ranting about everything from Pokemon to the Xbox 360's Red Ring of Death. [Showtime via press release]   

... Hobbit Sean Astin has joined the cast of CBS's Surgeon General, a medical drama starring Jason Isaacs as America's doctor. Astin will play a doctor on the Surgeon General's team who specializes in mental illness. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Amanda Peet, recently seen in that pretty good NBC comedy Bent that never got a chance, is heading to HBO. She's joined the comedy pilot Togetherness, which follows a pair of couples living in the same house. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Al Madrigal, or Latino David Cross as he's known in these parts, will appear in NBC's About a Boy pilot. The Daily Show correspondent will play the lead character's (David Walton) best friend. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Dallas Roberts, who plays nerdy science geek Milton on The Walking Dead, will join the second season of CBS's Unforgettable as a series regular. In case you forgot, Unforgettable was uncanceled by CBS and is now scheduled to return as a summer show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jack Coleman is heading to Burn Notice in a recurring role. The man best known as HRG from Heroes will play a bit of a hardass CIA officer who pushes Michael to do whatever it takes to get the mission done. [Deadline Hollywood]


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