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

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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At first I couldn't think of Jeopardy! without Alex, but seeing Anderson or Brian Williams hosting it sure would be watchable TV!
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I'll vote for Anderson Cooper if he'll take the gig. He's personable (so is everyone else but Cooper has a certain je ne sais quoi) and even though the hosting duties don't require intelligence, it sure helps and Cooper is knowledgeable - he's won Jeopardy before. Plus he's adorable (and not just in the physically attractive way), which is one major quality I like in hosts. I've been noticing of late the Trebek has been a little off has game - it seems like more and more he's mishearing contestants or giving away answers before the time is up or accepting answers he shouldn't have. As much as I love him and the game will never be the same without Alex, it'd be nice to see what someone else can do with it!
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Jack Coleman in another badass role YAY! :D (well, I confess, I'll watch him in anything) I believe he has taken a vow to star in every TV show that I don't watch. Oh well...I'm a fan of Burn Notice now.
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"Raped by the Internet"? Come on... That's tacky.
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Michael Emerson is too good of an actor to be a game show host.
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I guess MIlton dies

Leave Michael Emerson on POI--how dare you suggest/imply that POI won't be going strong in 2016!
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He's like Bob Barker. You can't get rid of him. The show will go down the tubes.
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Nobody can replace Alex
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Why not? He replaced Art Fleming. If the host of Wizard of Odds (with giant, furry dice!) can become the quiz master on a classy game show like Jeopardy for a generation, anything's possible.
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Just not Dan Patrick
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Just replace Trebek with Will Ferrell and don't announce it.
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Dear God... why would you do that to such a great show - or even a terrible show? *shudders*
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Do you NOT remember all of those SNL skits? Those were the best. They should have Sean Connery on his first show and have a category of The Pen is Mightier
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Oh I remember them. Will Ferrell is simply NOT funny in the slightest, in my opinion.
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How about Stone Philips? He's fairly low key
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Trebek had a heart attack recently, it wouldn't surprise me if he wants to retire. None of those names are good for running Jeopardy, Brian Williams is too "serious news" and Matt Lauer is too "dumb news", while Anderson Cooper doesn't stand still long enough. I say we get Neil DeGrasse Tyson so that when he gives the correct "question", the contestants feel super dumb.

No Zach, "Chuck" is over, it's had multiple finales and its final whole season was a mess, let it go, its tale has been told enough now. Don't embarrass yourself with a Kickstarter very few are going to donate to.

Amanda Peet's been doing quite well on The Good Wife lately, hopefully they don't lose her, she's a good foil.

Jack Coleman on Burn Notice? Oh god, please don't typecast him as a secret badguy, it's so old! He's far more compelling when he's nuanced rather than just "obvious bad guy".
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Have you seen NBC's Nightly News? Williams is NOT "serious news" according to all the info-tainment and obsession with weather stories they seem to be doing now. I do not watch his primetime news show, so maybe he's different there.

He (NBC) kind of disgusted me when he went to the gulf during the oil spill and was along an oil saturated shoreline with a paper towel to demonstrate how much oil there was. Then he goes on vacation, or assignment elsewhere, when NBC's other reporters tried to make a big deal of the BP executive not being involved in the cleanup when he was shown yachting. Maybe they should have left Williams there with a pack of paper towels. If he were doing another story, I could forgive him, but it still all came across as bad, and possibly hypocritical, reporting.

He actually may be a good candidate for Jeopardy because, IMO, he's more of a humorous, irreverent, smart-aleck (ha ha - did not intend that when I wrote it) than a serious journalist - at least according to his guest appearances such as on the Daily Show. To me there's just something phony about him, or he comes across that way, and not someone who would risk his pretty talking head career for a serious cause, actually get down and dirty on an assignment, or fight for better coverage of stories that should truly matter. Then again, he may represent all of today's news personalities that way.
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Of course I haven't seen NBC Nightly News, it's right there in the title, "NBC" - "Nobody Bother with this Channel".
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I can watch Michael Emerson on everything
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Before the "selection committee" decides on a replacement, it should be noted by them that Lauer, Cooper and Williams are hated by 50% of the country for their extreme leftist agenda. If any one of these men are selected, then this show will lose a big chunk of its audience.
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Because no one else in the media has an agenda? It's Jeopardy for goodness sakes, not a talk show. There's no time for politics - the hosts don't write the questions and there's no time for idle chit-chat beyond the few minutes of "personal time" that's for the contestants, not the hosts.
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If 50% of your country won't watch a TV Game Show because of the hosts "leftist agenda" than 50% of your country are idiots. But, you knew that already.
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If you're going to create a post calling people idiots, you might want to avoid typos.
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Grey's Anatomy should have ended ages ago -- the show, despite the cast, is utterly annoying and horrible. So yes, get out of the way. As for hosts of Jeopardy, I vote Christopher Walken!! THAT would be something to see!
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Christopher Walken needs his own show--he is to awesome for a gameshow
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But that's EXACTLY why he would be too awesome!
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;-)
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A Chuck movie?? YES PLEASE! They need to have a proper ending for Chuck and Sarah!!
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While the quality of the show near the end was iffy overall, my memory is telling me that they had a proper ending. Unless by "proper ending" you mean you want to see them die.
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Not die, I didn't like that Sarah lost her memories. The final kiss only restored my faith a little bit. I would have liked to see more of a happily ever after for them....which would make a Chuck movie more than appealing.
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Some viewers had an issue with the very end, specifically what would happen next since Sarah had lost all her memories. The final scene had them kissing on the beach, which Morgan suspected might cure her. But he'd been watching a LOT of Disney movies with Ellie's kid so that was clouding his judgement.
Personally I liked it ending with a kiss in the distant and us imagining how it truly ends
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I don't know how you could continue Chuck after the kiss any more than you could continue Monsters Inc. after "Kitty!"

Maybe a prequel where Chuck goes to college or something.
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Agreed. The kiss was a great way to end it. What happens next, leave it to your imagination. No hastily thrown together movie or season would match what you want. It IS whatever you want it to be
I was cool with it ending that way. Some of my friends, not so much
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The smartest host suggestion I've heard to date is Ken Jennings. It's too bad that'll never cross Sony's minds.
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It probably did. Who knows? It's possible he could be asked - or has been asked and refused. He's been doing other things so it's not entirely impossible that he'd step up to do it. But he's not as personable (at least I don't think so) and you don't have to be smart to be the host - that just helps. Sony will want someone who can read the questions, make banter, and talk to the contestants. The rest is moot.
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Ratings were down for everything last night, as though something else was going on getting everyone's attention.

Isn't there an intelligent woman that could host Jeopardy?

You thought BENT was good??? Wow.
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A woman hosting Jeopardy would be seen as "bitchy". It's a double-standard, but it's true, the host of the show has to be seen as authoritative and know-it-all.
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A Chuck movie Kickstarter.......yes please!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Replace Alex Trebek with Will Ferrell...as Alex Trebek.
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Ugh...
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Genius! Those sketches were the hardest I ever laughed at SNL
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Trebek will be about 75 or 76 by the time his contract expires so it's reasonable that he might want to retire. In fact I don't think it would be that hard for him to get out of the contract early.
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One week and I'm tired of the term "kickstarter" already. Way to beat a meme into the ground, TV.com. Why would I want Michael Emerson to give up acting to host a game show, and is anybody considering Ken Jennings as a replacement? I think he'd be better than Matt Lauer at least and he's already associated with the show.
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I hate to be the one to break it to you. Kickstarter has been around far longer than a week and it isn't going away, so get used to it.
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Ken Jennings is a great idea. Maybe we can do a kickstarter to get... oh.
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Please don't make a Chuck movie! Wasn't it enough that Season 5 was awful? They managed enough closure for the series anyway. Let's be honest, they mined about as much material as they could out of a premise that was a little thin to begin with. Personally I think if any show deserves a movie for closure then it's Deadwood.
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I couldn't agree more. Chuck was terrible by the time it ended and doesn't deserve or need a movie. Deadwood, on the other hand, was not given an ending and should have been treated with more respect by HBO. The problem with trying to do a Deadwood movie is that the sets have been destroyed and re-creating the town would be expensive. This whole Veronica Mars movie thing is easier to do because it's set in the real world and doesn't require nearly as much money/work as a Deadwood or Firefly movie would.
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If Michael Emerson becomes a crappy TV show host, he might not be available to do things that really matter, like good scripted TV shows. So he'd better stay away from Jeopardy!
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What if he hosted Jeopardy in character? Maybe you wouldn't even know the character from his past roles. Maybe he'd have a new one made specifically for Jeopardy. And maybe it'd be a host with a dark secret.
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Yes, it would be interesting to see Ben Linus and then Harold Finch hosting a game show. What comments would they make?
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Well Ben Linus of course would never actually provide the correct answer.
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Yes! He would always give misleading information.
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Jeopardy is a crappy tv show?
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I think it is. Feel free to disagree.
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Good pointe, well made.
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Poor Milton, he's going to die.
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They do what, six episodes a year? Plenty of time to do both.
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Right? Way to spoil The Walking Dead, Tim! *kidding....kind of*
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