JUDGE ORDERS GOOGLE TO TURN OVER JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S EMAILS
CHICAGO (AP) – A judge has ordered Google to turn over a year’s worth of Jussie Smollett’s (smoh-LETS) emails, private messages, photographs and other information to a special prosecutor who is investigating why the state’s attorney’s office abruptly dropped the case against the actor. The Chicago Tribune reports that Cook County Judge Michael Toomin last month signed off on two search warrants, just under a year after Smollett reported he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago. Toomin appointed a special prosecutor to determineáwhy the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office dropped the charges just a month after filing them.
TREBEK: ‘JEOPARDY!’ RETIREMENT ISN’T IMMINENT DESPITE CANCER
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The brief farewell that Alex Trebek says will close his final “Jeopardy!” episode isn’t on the horizon. Trebek said Wednesday that he doesn’t foresee signing off on the quiz show in the near future. He’d mentioned recently that he’ll ask for 30 seconds at the end of his appearance to say farewell. The 79-year-old Trebek, who’s battling pancreatic cancer, says he’s not yet ready to retire. He’s pondered it but still enjoys spending time with “bright people” on the show. Trebek says that includes the three top money winners competing this week on “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time,” airing in prime-time on ABC.
STARS WILL COMPETE ON ABC’S ‘WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE’
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Jimmy Kimmel is going to help celebrities help their favorite charities. He’s hosting a prime-time edition of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” with stars as the contestants and winnings earmarked for their causes of choice. It will debut this spring on ABC, with the celebrity contestants yet to be announced. ABC said Wednesday that an interactive element will let viewers play along for a cash prize that matches what stars are playing for on the show. It will air shortly after the 20th anniversary of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” which debuted on ABC’s evening schedule in January 2000. The version with Kimmel will debut April 8.
OK BOOMER: ‘THIRTYSOMETHING’ SEQUEL TO REUNITE ORIGINAL CAST
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – ABC has given the go-ahead to a pilot for “thirtysomething(else),” a sequel to the series that followed a group of baby boomers and their struggles. A new group of actors will play the grown-up, 30-something children of the original cast. Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield and Patricia Wettig have signed on to reprise their roles. The Philadelphia-set series ran from 1987-91. Soon after “thirtysomething” debuted, its title became a catchphrase to describe baby boomers in their 30s. Original creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick are returning, and Zwick will direct.
LESLIE JONES TO HOST ABC REVIVAL OF ‘SUPERMARKET SWEEP’
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Leslie Jones is getting ready to hit the grocery store. The former “Saturday Night Live” star will host a new version of “Supermarket Sweep,” which originally aired on ABC from 1965-67. The show follows three teams of two as they compete using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win cash prizes. ABC said Wednesday that production on 10 episodes will begin in the spring. An air date will be announced later. Jones says she unsuccessfully tried out for the show years ago and bringing it back to life is her redemption.
HOLLYWOOD-BACKED QUIBI THINKS YOU’LL PAY FOR ITS VIDEO BITES
LAS VEGAS (AP) – A startup heavily backed by Hollywood is wagering that you’re ready to set aside YouTube and TikTok to watch star-studded short videos on your phone – for a price. Quibi (KWIH’-bee) has enlisted everyone from Steven Spielberg to Chrissy Teigen (TY’-gihn) to create shows for the service. But it remains to be seen if Quibi will fill an unmet need for high-quality short video you can watch on your phone – or fall flat as users stick to free services like YouTube. Quibi executives previewed the service at a keynote speech at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas.
BRAZIL JUDGE ORDERS NETFLIX TO REMOVE FILM WITH GAY JESUS
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to stop showing a Christmas special that some called blasphemous for depicting Jesus as a gay man and which prompted a gasoline bomb attack on the satirists behind the program. Wednesday’s ruling by a Rio de Janeiro judge responded to a petition by a Brazilian Catholic organization that argued the “honor of millions of Catholics” was hurt by the airing of “The First Temptation of Christ.” The special was produced by the Rio-based film company Porta dos Fundos, whose office was targeted in the Christmas Eve attack.
ATLANTA HAWKS’YOUNG CANCELS $1M IN MEDICAL DEBT FOR LOCALS
ATLANTA (AP) – The holiday season may be over but Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young still had some charity gift giving in mind, wiping out medical debt for hundreds of the city’s residents. News outlets report the 21-year-old star donated $10,000 to a medical debt erasure agency which relieved over $1 million in debt for hundreds of Atlanta residents. A news release says Young donated the money through the Trae Young Foundation to RIP Medical Debt, an organization that buys and forgives medical debt in the United States. The average amount of dissolved debt is $1,858 for 570 random people. Young says the city of Atlanta welcomed him with open arms and he wanted the New Year to start off right for a few families.