LeVar Burton Hosts Game Show ‘Trivial Pursuit’ – The Hollywood Reporter
LeVar Burton may not be the next host of Risk but his love of quiz shows landed him another gig: Mediocre pursuit.
NS Star Trek and Reading Rainbow favorite will hold a new one Mediocre pursuit The television game show is being produced by game producer Hasbro and Entertainment One. An unconnected network. Still, Burton’s involvement should make the series easy to sell.
“LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American popular culture for decades since Roots come Reading Rainbow come Star Trek and more. His love of intellectual curiosity plus his ability to connect with audiences around the world make him the perfect partner to bring Hasbro’s beloved quiz game to households in one way or another. fresh and exciting,” said Tara Long, president of Global Unscripted Television at eOne.
Burton will produce the series through its LeVar Burton Entertainment banner. Hasbro, the company that owns the rights to the iconic game, will produce the series. eOne’s Long and Geno McDermott as well as LBE’s Sangita Patel will also be credited as executive producers.
“Trivial Pursuit is one of the most popular franchises in the gaming world. I am delighted to be partnering with Hasbro and eOne to bring this beloved game to market as a premium TV show,” said Burton.
Burton is among those who have taken their hats off in the ring to replace the late and great Alex Trebek as the host of Sony TV’s general quiz show Risk. He was the host of the show from July 26 to 30 after an online petition attracted a quarter of a million supporters. He was not chosen to be a full-time presenter. The Big Bang Theory alum Mayim Bialik is expected to be named RiskHost fixed after host Mike Richards had previously cast himself for the role and resigned following backlash.
Trivial Pursuit is available in more than 26 countries in 17 languages. More than 100 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide since it was created in 1979. Many television versions have come out before the one hosted by Burton, including one in the early years. 1990 hosted by Wink Martindale and an syndicated version aired in 2008-09 and hosted by Christopher Knight.
The Trivial Pursuit game is the latest TV show to build on Hasbro’s extensive franchise inventory. The company is also in progress Magic: Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons, among others.