KENNEDY CENTER NAMES NEW HONOREES
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Kennedy Center Honors are making a comeback. The annual event, postponed last December by the pandemic, will return in May. This year’s recipients include actor and choreographer Debbie Allen, actor Dick Van Dyke, country music star Garth Brooks and folk music icon Joan Baez. Now that they have named those who will receive the lifetime honor, Kennedy Center officials have to figure out how to pull off this year’s event. Instead of the usual gala at the Washington D.C. arts house, events will be spread out among various sites – with much smaller audiences.
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS MOVES TO AVOID CONFLICT WITH GRAMMYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Screen Actors Guild Awards has decided not to create a conflict with the Grammys. The SAG Awards will move its 27th annual ceremony from March 14 to April 4. That leaves the date all to the Grammys, which had moved its awards show from Jan. 31 to March 14. All the shuffling is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Already, other awards shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes have delayed their ceremonies because of COVID-19 concerns.
“JEOPARDY” NAMES MORE TEMPORARY HOSTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Jeopardy!” has found people to fill the shoes of its late host, Alex Trebek – but for now, those shoes are being filled on a temporary basis. The game show has announced a new batch of part-timers who will handle the quizmaster’s role until a permanent host is named. Among those being slotting-in is former “Today” show co-host Katie Couric. She makes history as being the first woman to helm “Jeopardy.” Others named as fill-ins include Mayim Bialik, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and NFL star Aaron Rodgers.