Although we all assumed our collective efforts this past summer to get legendary Roots actor LeVar Burton the permanent position as host of popular trivia game show Jeopardy! would actually work, it appeared that producers chose to ignore those viral requests from the general public and Burton himself.
However, as fate would rightfully have it, it looks like LeVar is off to greater pastures in the game show world as he’s now being tapped to host an upcoming television revival of Trivial Pursuit.
Based off the classic ’80s board game of the same name, Trivial Pursuit ran from 1993 to 1994 on The Family Channel, which was briefly rebranded as Fox Family Channel before going on to become ABC Family and currently Freeform. The LeVar-led iteration of Trivial Pursuit has yet to receive a station according to The Hollywood Reporter, but will be produced by Hasbro and Entertainment One and executive produced by Burton himself through his LeVar Burton Entertainment imprint.
More details on the project’s development below, via THR:
“‘LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American pop culture for decades from Roots to Reading Rainbow to Star Trek and beyond. His love for intellectual curiosity paired with his ability to connect with audiences worldwide make him the perfect partner to bring Hasbro’s beloved trivia game to households in a new and exciting way,’ said Tara Long, president of global unscripted television at eOne.
‘Trivial Pursuit is one of the best-known brands in the gaming universe. I am thrilled to have partnered with Hasbro and eOne to bring this beloved game to market as a premium show for television,’ Burton said.”
We’ll keep you updated as more info emerges in the development of LeVar Burton as host of Trivial Pursuit, including the official network home for the show. See the veteran actor’s excitement for his new gig below via Twitter:
LeVar Burton Will Not Host ‘Jeopardy!’ Twitter Is Not Feeling The Game Show’s Final Answer
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Also: I still believe LeVar Burton was the best person for the job, and I will die on this hill.— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) August 11, 2021
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Someone should create LeVar Burton’s Super Smart Trivia Contest immediately— Rev. Dr. Lucky Yates: Private Investigator (@luckyyates) August 11, 2021
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First night of the show, Levar Burton better burst out of this man’s chest like a Xenomorph, I’ll tell you what. https://t.co/GL03xKodm1— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) August 5, 2021
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I don't like Levar Burton's new haircut. pic.twitter.com/zjtdcWJ2V8— Jim Maxwell (@1jcmaxwell) August 5, 2021
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how did jeopardy go so out of its way to not give levar a job— laia. (@geometricsleep) August 11, 2021
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Amazing that the Jeopardy producers thought "well on the one hand we have the universally loved LeVar Burton, and on the other hand we have a guy with a long history of hostile workplace litigation... the choice is easy"https://t.co/WwyHfDGAL3— Jon Christian (@Jon_Christian) August 11, 2021
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LRT: You made folks like Levar Burton & etc put on whole shows like circus acts. You put Burton & his “week” (not “weeks” like other guests got) up against the fucking OLYMPICS just to promote from “within”. I wish for nothing more than the downfall of Jeopardy & its implosion.— Clarkisha (@IWriteAllDay_) August 6, 2021
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