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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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Ken Jennings Embraces Watson: 'I For One Welcome Our New Computer Overlords' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 16th 2011 11:32PM
Ken Jennings, 'Jeopardy!' IBM supercomputer artificial intelligence WatsonIBM's supercomputer artificial intelligence Watson certainly made an impression on 'Jeopardy!' (Weeknights, 7PM ET on ABC) record holder Ken Jennings. The championship streak record holder made a bold, but submissive statement in presenting his answer in Final Jeopardy.

It was an answer that would put him in the lead, but Watson was yet to answer. The correct answer was 'Who is Bram Stoker?' Jennings got it right, but added a paranthetical aside to the supercomputer on his left side.

(I for one welcome our new computer overlords)

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TV 101: Rise of the Machines?

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Feb 16th 2011 2:00PM
Watson Jeopardy
As you may or may not know, brainiacs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter (uber-nerds sent here from another planet to embarrass earthlings on 'Jeopardy!') are currently embroiled in a cross-species test of intellect, facing off against the IBM supercomputer, Watson.

Yes, we've reached a point in our culture that robots and machines should be considered another species altogether. On the surface, this might seem like just another TV gimmick designed to draw in viewers -- no different than a "very special" episode of 'Two and a Half Men' or those "Who can eat more hot dogs -- a fat guy or a bear being starved in captivity?" shows -- a closer look reveals a competition, the implications of which could fundamentally alter the course of humanity.

The future of mankind may basically come down to a Daily Double about President Van Buren.

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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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Watson Dominates on Day Two Against 'Jeopardy!' Champs (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 16th 2011 12:32AM
IBM Supercomputer artificial intelligence Watson, 'Jeopardy!'Yesterday, IBM's artificial intelligence program Watson was able to hang in there competitively with two of the best players to ever grace the 'Jeopardy!' (Weeknights. 7PM on ABC) stage. He managed a tie with all-time points leader Brad Rutter at $5,000.

On its second day on the show, Watson blew the competition out of the water, and seemed more human than ever. Is this the origins of Skynet? Or maybe Watson is a beta version of a Cylon.

Watson made an educated guess at one point, and even got it right. But he proved a savvy player of the game in Final Jeopardy. Up substantially over his opponents, Watson wasn't sure of his answer, so it chose to play it safe with a paltry wager.

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Supercomputer Watson Battles 'Jeopardy!' Champs (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 14th 2011 11:18PM
IBM's Watson, 'Jeopardy'IBM's artificial intelligence software took on a major challenge starting today, as it appeared alongside two of the best players ever on the 'Jeopardy!' (Weeknights, 7PM ET on ABC) stage. It was a test of the program's abilities to respond to natural language questions, and one of the final chapters in its journey toward completion.

It took several years to get Watson to a point where it could answer questions quickly enough to even compete on the show, but audiences were delighted to see the computer hanging in there quite well against the big boys.

There were some obvious glitches, as when it answered "What is leg?" It apparently couldn't extrapolate the more complex question, "What is 'he's missing a leg'?"

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'Jeopardy!' Champions Vs. Watson: Can Man Defeat a Machine?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 11th 2011 3:30PM
Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter take on IBM's Who is Watson?

Answer: The name of the supercomputer specifically designed by IBM to mimic a human's intelligence-gathering and reasoning skills. And it is competing on 'Jeopardy!' next week against super-champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

Starting Monday, Feb. 14 (syndicated, check listings), Jennings and Rutter will match their vast stores of trivia knowledge against Watson in a three-day, two-game tournament. The grand total winner of the tournament gets $1 million with $300,000 for second place and $200,000 for third. The two humans have vowed to donate half of their winnings to charity and IBM will donate its entire pot.

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'Jeopardy!'-Playing Computer Owns Two 'Jeopardy!' Champions; Is Humanity Next?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 14th 2011 3:00PM
Ken Jennings vs. Watson on a dry run of Awhile back when news of IBM's "Watson," the computer designed specifically to compete as a 'Jeopardy!' contestant, first surfaced, I actually tried to reach out to champion Ken Jennings for his reactions to it. He declined the opportunity saying that the people at 'Jeopardy!' had asked him not to speak on the subject for the time being.

He was very nice and cordial, but there was a weird omniousness in his letter, almost a twinge of fear in his voice. Something tells me if we had spoken over the phone or in person, his voice would have cracked more than a teenager tenor in training.

Now I know why. IBM held its first public demonstration of Watson against Jennings and 'Jeopardy!' champion Brad Rutter, who holds the show's record for the most money won and the computer absolutely cleaned both of their clocks.

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Curtis Stone to Host 'Top Chef Masters,' Pac-Man Gets a Reality Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 13th 2011 6:00PM
Curtis StoneSome major changes are afoot at 'Top Chef Masters' -- Bravo announced today that celebrity chef Curtis Stone will take over hosting duties from Kelly Choi for the just-announced third season.

The network also renewed 'The Rachel Zoe Project,' 'Millionaire Matchmaker,' 'Flipping Out,' 'Work of Art' and 'Bethenny Ever After,' TV Guide reports. As for new shows, 'Million Dollar Decorators' and 'Pregnant in Heels' will premiere in April.

'The Real Housewives of New York City' is returning on Tues., Feb. 15, 'Bethenny Ever After' on Mon., Feb. 28, and 'The Real Housewives of Orange County' on Sun., March 6. 'Watch What Happens Live' will move from Tuesdays to Thursdays.

In other TV news ...

Merv Griffin Entertainment is developing a new reality series based on ... Pac-Man? Yep, the show will look like a 'Wipeout'-style obstacle course and is currently being shopped to networks. [Deadline]

Several familiar faces are returning to 'The Office' on Feb. 17. The episode, which features a movie written by Michael Scott, will feature the return of Melora Hardin's Jan, Rashida Jones' Karen, David Denman's Roy and Andy Buckley's David as actors in Michael's action movie. [TV Guide]

'Smallville''s Aquaman is dropping by '90210' as a love interest for Teddy. Alan Ritchson will play Teddy's former prep school roommate/crush. [TVLine]

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The 5 Greatest Game Show Video Games

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 31st 2010 1:00PM
The Jeopardy home game for the Nintendo WiiIf you're one of the lucky few selected out of a crowd of giddy housewives and Spring Break college students to appear on a game show, you've got to be ready.

You've got to have your hand ready to strike every buzzer the moment the host stops reading the question.

You've got to know the suggested retail price of everything on the market from a 2010 Chevy Volt to a box of Low Sodium Rice-a-Roni.

You've got to know where those annoying Whammies or dragons are hiding. Hell, you've got to do better than just know. You've got to be able to smell them like a great white shark sniffing out a drop of blood from 500 yards away.

Fortunately, technology has allowed mankind to prepare for these unholy battles of knowledges, reflexes and luck with the game show video game. Of course, the market is flooded with remakes of your favorites, so we've picked out the best of the best for the shows that are still around if you're headed down Contestant's Row.

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Lindsay Lohan's Mom Wants on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Supercomputer to Face 'Jeopardy!' Champions and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 14th 2010 3:00PM
Dina LohanLindsay Lohan won't be on 'Dancing With the Stars' next season, but we could see another Lohan instead.

In an interview with RadarOnline, Lindsay's mom, Dina, said she was interested in appearing on the show even though her daughter turned it down, saying, "Lindsay actually told the woman at 'Dancing With the Stars' who made the offer that 'you need to take my mom!'"

No word on whether the producers listened to the suggestion, but since Dina's giving interviews about the conversation, we're betting they didn't.

In other TV news ...

Jimmy Kimmel will grace TV screens for another two years. The comedian signed a new deal that will keep 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on the air through its 10th season. [Deadline]

David Arquette is developing a new game show featuring celebrities making fun of themselves. The stars will rank their peers' likelihood to do crazy things like release a sex tape or tip the paparazzi on their location. [TV Guide]

An I.B.M. supercomputer will challenge former 'Jeopardy!' champions. "The computer, 'Watson,' will face the two most successful players in 'Jeopardy' history, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in three episodes that will be broadcast Feb. 14-16, 2011," the New York Times reports. [NY Times]

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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!' Has a New Genius: Grad Student Surpasses Ken Jennings' High One-Day Total (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 14th 2010 10:30PM
Jeopardy'Jeopardy!' has been plugging along since 1984, winning 28 Emmys and improving cocktail conversations the world over with their interesting trivia tidbits. But on Sept. 14, one smart contestant made history.

Reigning champ and record-breaking winner Ken Jennings has been dethroned as the show's highest one-day winner. Roger Craig, a 33-year-old graduate student from the University of Delaware, now holds that title.

Jennings held the highest one-day record of $75,000 for more than six years; Craig's $77,000 win today puts his two-day total at $114,000. It's still nowhere near Jennings' total lifetime 'Jeopardy!' winnings of over $3 million, but it's definitely a start.

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