FINAL WEEK OF ALEX TREBEK’S “JEOPARDY!” SHOWS AIRING NOW
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s the last roundup for Alex Trebek and viewers of “Jeopardy!” This week brings the final shows the longtime host of the game show taped before he died. In the first of the last five episodes last night, Trebek makes a plea for help for those victimized by the coronavirus epidemic. He urged viewers to take part in “trying to build a gentler, kinder society” – and exhorted them to “pitch in just a little bit” toward that goal. Trebek died Nov. 8 of pancreatic cancer at age 80. His last shows were to have aired Christmas week, but producers decided to wait until after the holidays so more people could watch.
LARRY KING IMPROVING FROM COVID-19
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some encouraging news about Larry King and his fight against COVID-19. The veteran talk show host had been in the intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital. But now his representative says he has been moved out of the ICU, is off oxygen – and is breathing on his own. King is 87 and is best known as the host of “Larry King Live,” which ran on CNN from 1985 to 2010.
TANYA ROBERTS STILL HOSPITALIZED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – For a while yesterday, people were mourning Tanya Roberts – only to learn there was no reason to. Numerous news sources, including The Associated Press, reported she had died – but she is still alive. The confusion stemmed from a report from Roberts’ publicist, who mistakenly said she died Sunday after a Christmas Eve collapse at home. Though still with us, she is in poor shape. Roberts is known for playing Midge Pinciotti in “That 70s Show.” She also played Stacey Sutton, the geologist who captivated James Bond in the 1985 spy thriller, “A View to a Kill.”
CHICAGO CUBS NAME NEW TV PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER
CHICAGO (AP) – Jon “Boog” Sciambi is the new TV play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Cubs. He replaces Len Kasper, who bolted the Cubs last month to call games for the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox. Sciambi will be joined in the Cubs booth by color analyst Jim Deshaies. Before joining the Cubs, Sciambi was at ESPN, where he had been doing TV play-by-play for the network’s Wednesday night games since 2014.