“JEOPARDY!” PAYS TRIBUTE TO ALEX TREBEK
NEW YORK (AP) – It was a “Jeopardy!” episode unlike the ones that have aired over the decades. Instead of Johnny Gilbert’s booming voice announcing “This! Is! Jeopardy!” – the game show opened with the muted voice of its executive producer, Mike Richards. Speaking in a taped appearance, Richards called Trebek’s death “an enormous loss” for the staff and crew – as well as for Trebek’s family and his millions of fans. Richards said the last 35 shows Trebek taped last month as he fought pancreatic cancer would air – because that’s what he wanted. After thanking Trebek, Richards did the show’s traditional opening, followed by a moment of silence and a dimming of the lights on the “Jeopardy!” set.
“THE CROWN” RETURNS FOR NEW SEASON
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Netflix series “The Crown” has been must-see TV for its fans as it launches its fourth season. But the show hasn’t been a permanent a gig for the actors on it. As various characters in the British royal family move along in time, actors move in and out of the cast. For example, Claire Foy played the young version of Queen Elizabeth II for the first two seasons, before giving way to Olivia Colman. She had the role in season three – and most of season four. Imelda Staunton ascends to the throne for the final two chapters of the current season. Meanwhile, Emma Corrin plays Princess Diana this season – with Elizabeth Debicki taking over the role the next two seasons.
GRETA THUNBERG THE SUBJECT OF A DOCUMENTARY
NEW YORK (AP) – She has met world leaders – and has helped launch a global movement to fight climate change. Now, Greta Thunberg is the subject of a documentary. “I Am Greta” takes a look at the teenager whose solo protest on a sidewalk outside the Swedish Parliament sparked a major effort to combat global warming. While her story has been made into a film, Greta says her life is like a movie too, except she doesn’t know the plot. The documentary makes its debut Friday on Hulu.