Unlike the complex game of chess, mastering Jeopardy with a computer would seem to be a simple matter of automating Wikipedia searches. But there's more to it than that:
Defamer hears that Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek today accepted Turner Classic Movies' offer to "guest program" a small slate of films airing April 14. The budding hyphenate — whose fledgling shingle comprises titles like Wuthering Heights, Lonely are the Brave, The Professionals and Little Big Man — fills the gap left behind by March programmer Evander Holyfield. Neither Trebek not TCM host Robert Osborne was available for comment, although a Turner source confirmed today that Trebek's deal requires Osborne to phrase his share of their discussion in the form of a question. What's next, Pat Sajak developing an original drama for Showtime? Or, perhaps, Chuck Woolery closing a four-picture deal (with final-cut privileges, natch) for The Weinstein Co? [TCM]
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Breaking! Lovably smug Jeopardy quizmaster Alex Trebek suffers heart attack! But please, don't begin the search for a new host just yet (note to Ryan Seacrest: it would be in poor taste to offer your services "just in case he takes a turn for the worse") , as Trebek merely suffered a "minor" infarction and is "resting comfortably." Check back with ET for further developments on how the temporarily felled gameshow legend is enjoying Cedar-Sinai's legendary tapioca pudding. [ET Online]