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Alex Trebek Describes Catching His Hotel Room Burglar on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 28th 2011 1:20PM
Alex Trebek on crutches after foiling a burglary on 'Today'Alex Trebek morphed from game show host to scantily-clad crimefighter Wednesday, when he chased after a woman who broke into his hotel room in San Francisco. As reported Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), the 'Jeopardy' host ran down the burglar, rupturing his Achilles tendon in the process.

Trebek described the scene. "I woke up and I saw a figure in our hotel bedroom and I thought I was dreaming," he said. "And I realized immediately that someone had been in the room and I put on my underwear and ran down the hall to see if I could find her." When he caught up with her, he asked her a series of questions about what she had been doing on his floor. The woman denied she had been in his room, but Trebek knew better.

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Alex Trebek Injured Chasing a Burglar

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 27th 2011 6:15PM
Alex TrebekHe is an Emmy-winning game show host who recently injured himself chasing a burglar. Answer? None other than 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek.

According to ABC's San Francisco affiliate, Trebek chased a burglar at his hotel at 2:30AM on Wednesday morning, causing his Achilles tendon to suddenly snap. He reportedly fell and also injured his other leg. Trebek was staying at a San Francisco hotel while hosting the National Geographic World Championship.

The female burglar entered Trebek's room and took cash and a bracelet his mom gave him, among other items. Some items were stashed near an ice machine and Trebek chased the woman down the hallway.

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Alex Trebek on Lifetime Achievement, Best Host Emmy Awards (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 11th 2011 6:00PM
Alex Trebek on 'The Talk''Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek said today on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) that this is the first year in 25 years that he was not nominated for an Emmy as best game show host. Which seems okay, because both Trebek and 'Wheel of Fortune' host Pat Sajak are to receive lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys. Sajak wasn't nominated this year, either.

Still, Trebek wasn't happy. When Sharon Osbourne mentioned that the Emmys probably didn't want to spoil him, Trebek said, "I like being spoiled, Sharon. Would you spoil me?"

Osbourne said she'd love to spoil Trebek. Which is creepy for the audience, and probably dangerous to Trebek. We've seen what Ozzy does to doves. Game show hosts can't be much tougher.

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Jon Stewart Explains When He Thinks Computers Will Be Like Humans (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 9th 2011 5:50AM
Brian Christian on 'The Daily Show'Brian Christian, an author and expert on how computers and humans interact, was on 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), where he discussed with Jon Stewart how far along computers are in mimicking human characteristics.

"Here's when I think computers will be human," Stewart proclaimed, during their discussion. "When they are walking down the street, and they trip, and they look up and go 'I meant to do that'."

"When they evolve a sense of neurosis," Stewart continued. "When they walk up to Alex Trebek and go 'I wonder if he thinks I'm an a-hole?'"

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Alex Trebek Explains Watson's Final Jeopardy Flub (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 16th 2011 1:00PM
Alex Trebek Explains Supercomputer's Final Jeopardy FlubOn 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), Alex Trebek explains how Watson, an IBM supercomputer, managed to miss the Final Jeopardy question in the second night of a three-part man vs. machine showdown on 'Jeopardy.'

While pitted against past champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, Watson incorrectly answered a geography question by apparently mistaking Toronto as a major U.S. city. And yet, the supercomputer still managed to soundly beat both human champs.

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What to Watch: December 13 - 19

by Stephanie Earp, posted Dec 13th 2010 2:30AM
Survivor - Sunday December 19, 8PM ET/PT, Global/CBS

The two-hour finale and one-hour live reunion show for 'Survivor: Nicaragua' finally roll around after what has felt like a very long season. I'm still a fan of 'Survivor' but this latest batch of castaways certainly tested my patience. It's like they purposefully self-selected down to the most boring players. Maybe that's what watching 20 seasons of 'Survivor' does to people: convinces them to vote off strong personalities early. Note to Mark Burnett: fix this.

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Casting News: 'Glee' Adds Series Regular, Angela Bassett Lands ABC Role and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 18th 2010 11:15AM
Harry Shum Jr.'Glee's' cast is the cast that never stops expanding.

After the confirmation of Darren Criss' promotion, now comes word that Harry Shum, Jr. will be a series regular next season. Yep, according to E! Online, Mike Chang and his abs are sticking around.

Like current series regulars Heather Morris and Naya Rivera, Shum started out as recurring character during the first season. Morris and Rivera were promoted at the start of season 2.

In other TV news ...

Alex Trebek will guest star on 'How I Met Your Mother.' The 'Jeopardy!' host will appear in the Christmas episode of the CBS sitcom. [TV Guide]

Raven Symone has been tapped to star in an ABC Family pilot. Symone will star as Georgia, a southern woman trying to make it as an actress in New York in 'The Great State of Georgia.' [Deadline Hollywood]

Angela Bassett is taking another stab at series TV. Bassett has signed on to star in 'One Police Plaza,' the ABC drama about New York City's first female police commissioner. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Does Alex Trebek Shave Against the Grain? Hear All About His 'Fact Checkers Unit' Fun

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 21st 2010 9:00AM
Alex TrebekThe name Alex Trebek is synonymous with a wealth of interesting trivia, but for a team like the one at 'FCU: Fact Checkers Unit,' he's so much more.

NBC's 'FCU' web series has had some pretty fun guest stars, including Donald Faison, Pauley Perrette and Luke Perry, but it was Bill Murray's role in the original short that launched the series that intrigued Trebek enough to say yes to his own cameo. Well, that and some good old fashioned sucking up.

The 'FCU' has met their match -- and truly their guru -- with 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek, who guest stars in the season finale today (watch it here, above, after the jump). I caught up with Trebek to talk facial hair controversies, being everyone's Uncle Alex, venturing into more comedic roles and which celeb he'd love to quiz on 'Jeopardy!'

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'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel' Extended Through 2014 -- It Should Be Longer

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 9th 2010 7:31PM
Earlier this week, both 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' stay on the air through 2014 thanks to a new contract agreement between ABC and CBS Television Distribution. It also keeps hosts Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak in their respective chairs through the same time period.

Ho-hum, I know. Most test patterns have had shorter runs on TV than 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel.' How is that news?

It just got me thinking: what would the world of TV and really the world itself be like without daily doses of America's favorite quiz show and America's favorite wheel spinning and letter guessing show?

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'Wheel of Fortune,' 'Jeopardy!' Renewed Through 2014

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 8th 2010 11:45AM
Wheel of FortuneThe dynamic duo of gameshows, 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' have been renewed through 2014.

According to The Wrap, ABC-owned stations have reached a two-year renewal deal with CBS Television Distribution to keep the shows on Disney TV stations through the 2013-14 season. 'Wheel' host Pat Sajak and 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek have also extended their contracts with Sony Pictures Television, the producer of the two shows.

However, CBS Television Distribution also needs to renew 'Wheel' and 'Jeopardy!' to many non-ABC stations that air the show.

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When Is the 'Jeopardy' Test?

by Harley W. Lond, posted Jan 25th 2010 8:00PM
Answer: This week.
Question: When are the tests for 'Jeopardy' contestants being held?

Do you think you have what it takes to be a contestant on 'Jeopardy!'? Well if you do, then you better hurry up, cause the long-running TV quiz show (created in 1964 by Merv Griffin, initially hosted by Art Fleming until 1979 and then by Alex Trebek since 1984) is holding online auditions this week for adults.

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10 Greatest Game Show Hosts in History

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 23rd 2009 10:00AM
Hosting a game show is something of an art. You've got to be amiable but authoritative, and you've got to make it look easy. You've got to look happy when a contestant walks away with thousands of dollars (or even millions, at this point) and you've got to look contrite when a contestant loses -- especially if due to a bad answer. You've got to project warmth, seem approachable and always appear ready for fun, even when enforcing the rules.

Since the first quiz shows of the late 1940s, through the infamous scandals of the 1950s, up until the present day of huge cash prizes, game-show hosting has been an amazing long-term gig for the people -- almost always men -- who get the job. Who, then, are the 10 greatest game-show hosts in history? Check out our after the jump.

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Monday's Jeopardy contestant appeared on the show before

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 15th 2009 7:29PM
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The rules of Jeopardy clearly state that you are not eligible to be on the show if you have appeared on the show already (unless it's a special show and the producers choose you). So why was Jeff Kirby allowed to be on the show this past Monday when he was already on the show in 1999?

BuzzerBlog has all the details on how he tricked the Jeopardy producers. Seems he, well, left off some information off his application. The funny thing is he wore the same tie on both shows.

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What You Missed Last Night: Andy Richter controls the universe

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 18th 2009 2:30PM
This season, Jeopardy is doing a Million Dollar Celebrity Tournament. One episode a month will have three celebrities battling to see who gets to play for one million dollars for their charity later in the season. A lot of fans don't like the celebrity editions. It breaks up the flow of the regular champion coming back, the questions are easier than the regular game, etc. But last night's episode was fun.

The three celebrities who played the first game of this season's tournament were Wolf Blitzer, Dana Delany, and Andy Richer...and Richter won! Actually, it's not even fair to say he "won," he crushed Blizter and Delany. The game was over way before they even got to the Final Jeopardy round. Blitzer didn't even make it to that round (I cringed when he added an "S" to Julia Child's last name because I knew the money would be taken away), but they let him play anyway.

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What do you think of the changes on Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy?

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 16th 2009 5:08PM
Wheel of FortuneThe new seasons of both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy started this week, and while most of the games are exactly the same, both shows debuted a couple of new things that might have hardcore game show fans talking.

First, WOF. They're in Las Vegas this week, and the game hasn't changed except for one thing: they've gotten rid of the "Free Spin" card! This doesn't have the same impact as Darrin being replaced on Bewitched or William Petersen leaving CSI, but when you take something away from hardcore game show fans, they can get pretty rowdy. I don't know if that will happen here since "Free Spin" has been replaced by a "Free Play" space on the wheel. If you land on this spot, you get to do anything you want: choose a consonant, ask for a vowel, etc, and if you're wrong it's OK, you don't lose your turn.

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