More ‘Jeopardy’ Guest Hosts Unveiled

The show announced Wednesday that Katie Couric, the journalist and former Today host, will become the first woman ever to host the show. Others on tap are Mayim Bialik, Aaron Rodgers and journalist Bill Whitaker.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers To Guest-Host On ‘Jeopardy’

The show is currently using a series of interim hosts to replace Alex Trebek, who died of cancer on Nov. 8. That process began when record-holding contestant Ken Jennings made his debut on an episode that aired Monday.

‘Andrew Young Presents’ Renewed For 14th Season

Sewee Entertainment’s seven-time Emmy-winning quarterly series Andrew Young Presents will return for a 14th season in 2021. The series has been renewed in over 80% of the U.S. Andrew Young Presents is shot on-location around the world and produced in HD.  Andrew Young Presents delivers a compassionate series of 1-hour documentaries exploring civil rights history […]

Bob Read, ‘Inside Edition’ Managing Editor, Dies Of COVID-19

Ken Jennings Pays Tribute To Alex Trebek

On Monday, former Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings debuted as the show’s first post-Alex Trebek guest host. Jennings paid tribute to Trebek just after he walked out on stage. “Sharing this stage with Alex Trebek was one of the greatest honors of my life,” he said.

How Can ‘Jeopardy’ Replace Alex Trebek?

The same producer who helped Drew Carey succeed Bob Barker on The Price Is Right is now working on the Jeopardy succession.

Sentimental Video Tribute Closes Alex Trebek’s Final ‘Jeopardy’

The 90-second montage, set to Hugh Jackman singing the Peter Allen song Once Before I Go, is a lighthearted and laughter-filled remembrance showing Trebek’s changing look through his 36 years as host, with moustache and without, with black hair and with grey, with suits from several decades.

‘Ellen DeGeneres’ Back In Studio Next Week

The syndicated talk show from WB’s Telepictures Productions stayed dark this week rather than returning to production as scheduled because of the surge in coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County. Ellen has been airing reruns since Dec. 10 after the host was diagnosed with COVID-19. The plan had been to resume production on Jan. 4, but that was untenable given the health risk and the fact that Southern California’s hospitals are already over-extended.

On Alex Trebek’s Final ‘Jeopardy,’ A Last Introduction From A Friend

Johnny Gilbert, 92, started on the game show with Trebek in 1984. Now, he must imagine a Jeopardy without his longtime colleague.

Katie Couric To Guest Host ‘Jeopardy’

The former Today co-anchor will be among a series of fill-ins after the final Alex Trebek episodes air this week.

Sewee Reups ‘Women On The Move’ For Season 4

Sewee Entertainment has renewed its quarterly TV series Women on the Move for a fourth season in 2021, clearing the first-run offering in more than 80% of the U.S. on stations including WABC New York; KCBS-KCAL Los Angeles; WFLD-WPWR Chicago; KYW-WPSG Philadelphia; KTVT-KTXA Dallas; WXYZ Detroit; WGCL-WPCH Atlanta; KSTP Minneapolis; WTVF Nashville; and more. The […]

Drew Barrymore Is Keeping It Clean

When you’ve acted, directed, written, produced, married, divorced, mothered and sold lipstick, what do you do next in America? Host a talk show, of course.

Fremantle Games Extend Production Hiatus

Fremantle is the latest company to extend the holiday production hiatus on a number of its shows to protect against the latest surge in COVID-19 numbers. Daytime game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal have extended their breaks coming out of the Christmas holidays. Both were originally set to return to production in the first two weeks of January but will now not start back until the end of the month.

Dr. Oz Channel Launches Exclusively On Pluto TV

Pluto TV, the free streaming television service, is now the exclusive free streaming home to the Daytime Emmy-winning The Dr. Oz Show. The launch of the new dedicated channel, “Dr. Oz”, will feature 100 episodes with 30 new episodes being added into the rotation each month from different seasons of the long-running show. Currently in its 12th […]

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Alex Trebek’s Last ‘Jeopardy’ Episode Airs This Friday — I Am Not Ready

Michael Ausiello: “While I appreciate the fact that Sony Pictures Television prolonged the inevitable by scheduling two weeks of curated reruns over the holidays (Trebek’s last airdate was originally slated for Dec. 25), I now find myself wishing and hoping for another continuance.”

‘Ellen’ Delays Return Amid COVID Spike

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has extended its hiatus in compliance with the recommendation from Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom that Hollywood studios put a pause on filming amid the ongoing COVID-19 surge in the state. Producers informed staff on Thursday that the show will delay its return to production by a week, rather than resuming with new episodes Jan. 4 as originally planned. Employees will be paid and will continue to work from home.

Ken Jennings Apologizes For “Unartful And Insensitive” Past Tweets

Trebek’s Last New ‘Jeopardy’ Episodes Airing With A Tribute

The first of the five episodes will air Monday and start with Trebek’s “powerful message about the season of giving,” producer Sony Pictures Television said in a release Wednesday.

Telco Productions Offers New, Returning Shows For Fall 2021

Syndicator Telco Productions is offering a variety of new shows for fall 2021, including Ready, Set, Renovate!, a weekly half-hour series featuring families changing their lives with improvements to their homes. Episodes showcase the ups and downs of home renovation and gives viewers a closer look at what it takes to improve their living space. […]

‘Kelly Clarkson Show’ Renewed Through 2023

The Emmy Award-winning syndicated talker and highest-rated talk show to debut in seven years gets picked up for two additional seasons.

‘Maury’ And ‘Steve Wilkos Show’ Tap The Video Call Center For Remote Production

NBCUniversal Television Distribution announced a partnership with The Video Call Center to bring virtual guests to Maury and The Steve Wilkos Show, for the 2020-21 season. With the VCC’s Caller Cloud solution, the production teams can reach more people and expand the range of the stories they tell, while maintaining safe, remote practices. The VCC […]

What Stations Really Want From Syndicators In 2021

While it’s clear that TV stations aren’t going anywhere — and still need programming to fill all of those non-news, non-network hours — the flight to streaming and audience fragmentation means the financial model is more challenging than ever. So how to thread that needle? The answer varies, but working with partners who can come up with innovative ideas tops station executives’ lists of what they are looking for in 2021.

‘Wendy Williams Show’ Goes On Hiatus

The syndicated Wendy Williams Show will air repeats next week due to the death of host Williams’ mother. Williams shared the news of the passing of her mother earlier this week.

Richard King, Founding Partner Of King World Productions, Dies At 79

Richard King, a founding partner of King World Productions, the syndication powerhouse that was behind such programs as The Oprah Winfrey ShowWheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, has died. He was 79.

Ellen DeGeneres Says She Tested Positive for COVID-19

Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres revealed Thursday she tested positive for COVID-19. She said on Instagram she is “feeling fine” but will be following the CDC-approved guidelines and will see her audience “after the holidays.”

Tamron Hall Betting On Herself — And Winning

Since its debut in September 2019, the veteran journalist’s nationally syndicated daytime talker, The Tamron Hall Show, has gobbled up ratings and big-name gets. A month after its Season 2 premiere, Disney announced in October that Hall would be renewed, marking the first time a new daytime talk series secured a third-year run since The Steve Harvey Show did it six years ago.

Baliff Deliberates On Life After ‘Judge Judy’

Petri Hawkins Byrd, Judge Judy Sheindlin’s trusted baliff, has stood by her side during approximately 12,500 cases. In 1995, after learning that Sheindlin was getting a TV show, Byrd wrote her a congratulatory letter and jokingly added that he was available for work. When the synergy with an actor during a test shoot wasn’t to Sheindlin’s liking, she reached out to Byrd.

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TVN Focus On Programming | Syndies Weather The Pandemic With Viewers Down, Ads Steady

Syndication has taken viewership hits across the board in the COVID era, but first-run’s declines have been lesser than those suffered by broadcast primetime and ad dollars have been stable. Our comprehensive look examines how syndies across the board have fared this year and what 2021 will likely have in store. Topping the list of most-advertised-in syndies is Wheel of Fortune.

Ken Jennings Named Interim ‘Jeopardy’ Host

Jeopardy will air repeat episodes for the holiday weeks beginning Dec. 21 and 28, meaning lat host Alex Trebek’s final week of shows will air starting Monday, Jan. 4. Jeopardy record-holder Ken Jennings’ episodes begin on Jan. 11, to be followed by shows with other interim hosts.

Fox Stations Renew Three Syndicated Shows

25 Words or Less, Divorce Court and Dish Nation get green lights through the 2022-23 season.

Rosie Perez? Joe Rogan? ‘Jeopardy’ Fans Weigh In On Next Host

Meet The Top Candidates To Succeed Alex Trebek

Some famous faces, including the likes of ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, have reportedly tossed their hats in the ring to take on the post that Trebek held for nearly 37 years. Here are some of the top successor candidates in the rumor mill.

Alex Trebek’s Influence On Pop Culture

Alex Trebek, who died Sunday at 80, was a household name during his 37 years as the host of Jeopardy, and his authoritative presence spread far from that show into pop culture at large. Here are some of his most memorable cameos.

‘Jeopardy’ Pays Tribute To Alex Trebek In Poignant Message

The day after Trebek died at age 80 following a battle with cancer, the show’s executive producer, Mike Richards addressed viewers from the Jeopardy set in a taped introduction.

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In The Dumbest And Darkest Of Times, Alex Trebek Maintained A Safe Space For Intelligence

At its essence, Trebek’s Jeopardy was a nightly recognition of intelligence and competence, and there were times when the show seemed to be one of the last places where it’s a wonderful thing to be a know-it-all — where broad, general knowledge is something to be celebrated rather than scorned or resented. Above, a shrine to Trebek near his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Monday, Nov. 9.

Stephanopoulos Lobbies To Succeed Trebek

Following Alex Trebek’s death on Sunday at age 80, George Stephanopoulos’ reps are already lobbying for the ABC News anchor to become the next host of the hit game show Jeopardy, a highly placed person with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap.

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Alex Trebek, Longtime ‘Jeopardy’ Host, Dies

Alex Trebek, Jeopardy host and TV personality, died Sunday after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 80. Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but vowed to battle the disease. He presided over the beloved quiz show for more than 30 years.

‘World Of Waves’ Sold In 210 Markets

World of Waves Production is in production on World of Waves, a syndicated travel show devoted to highlighting the locations and people who make up the global surfing industry. Kevin Griffith, Chris Almida, Jason Charles and former professional and world champion surfer Ian Cairns are co-executive producers. The program will feature surfing of all kinds […]

‘Rachael Ray’ Crew Demands Pay After Being Cut Loose During Coronavirus Pandemic

The relationship between the show and the folks who make it began to shift in March, when the latter were informed that Ray would, in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19, shoot the remainder of the 2019-20 season remotely from her house in upstate New York without on-site assistance from anyone beside her husband — and that displaced crew members would not be paid for the five scheduled shoot days remaining in the season. That move prompted a dispute by IATSE, which claimed that its contract with the show covering 18 union camera operators, audio engineers and other technical crew requires producers to pay those furloughed workers for all remote shoot days that had originally been planned for the studio.

SPT, Meredith Launch ‘People (The TV Show!)’ In Syndication

After debuting in September in Meredith’s 12 markets, the daily half-hour newsmagazine is rolling out nationwide with distribution by Sony Pictures Television.