This week is a fulfillment of a longtime dream for Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton, who steps in as guest host of the venerable game show Jeopardy! on Monday.
Who is LeVar Burton?
LeVar Burton has been talking about hosting Jeopardy! for years and following a fan petition drive, his own campaigning, and some celebrity support he was given his chance. Burton joins the rotation of guest hosts for the current season this week, with hopes it will lead to becoming the full-time host for the next season.
Ahead of his one-week run beginning Monday, July 26, Jeopardy! released a video Q&A with Burton talking about his time behind the podium, revealing he was “petrified” before he started, but he will “walk away happy.”
Burton also spoke to the AP about the “real challenge” of taking on hosting after the passing of the legendary Alex Trebek, and trying to “live up to” Trebek’s “legacy.”
Finally, here is the promo commercial that started airing this weekend.
UPDATE: LeVar was a guest on Good Morning America on Monday.
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Preview Burton on Leverage: Redemption
Burton will also be seen in an upcoming episode of the series Leverage: Redemption, a revival of the TNT series Leverage. The series debuted this month on IMDb TV with a new block of episodes being released this fall, including one featuring the former Reading Rainbow host in some on-the-nose casting as a librarian. IMDb TV released a clip from Burton’s episode during Comic-Con@Home.
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