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LeVar Burton to Host ‘Trivial Pursuit’ Game Show for eOne

LeVar Burton is set to host a TV version of the classic trivia game “Trivial Pursuit”, which is currently in development at Entertainment One (eOne).

“‘Trivial Pursuit’ is one of the best-known brands in gaming,” Burton said. “I’m thrilled to have partnered with Hasbro and eOne to bring this beloved game to market as a premium show for television.”

The hosting gig is part of a deal between Hasbro-owned eOne and Burton’s LeVar Burton Entertainment (LBE) to develop “Trivial Pursuit” into a game show format. Burton will also executive produce the series with LBE’s Sangita Patel and Tara Long and eOne’s Geno McDermott. No network is currently attached to the series.

“LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American pop culture for decades, from ‘Roots’ to ‘Reading Rainbow’ to ‘Star Trek’ and beyond,” said Long, president of global unscripted television for eOne. “His love for intellectual curiosity coupled with his ability to connect with audiences around the world make him the perfect partner to bring Hasbro’s beloved trivia game to households in new and exciting ways.”

The news comes after Burton was among the most popular picks to cover the “Jeopardy!” hosting gig after the death of longtime host Alex Trebek. Burton had campaigned heavily for the role, possibly as a July 26–30 guest. The role first went to “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards before he was fired, with Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings now set to host.

In an interview on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in September, Burton said he was no longer interested in hosting “Jeopardy!” following his experience with the game show.

“The crazy thing is when you aim for something…they say be careful what you wish for because what I found out was that it wasn’t what I wanted after all “, Burton told Noah. “What I wanted was to compete. I mean, I wanted the job, right, but when I didn’t get it, it was like ‘Well, okay, what is the next step?’

“Trivial Pursuit” is currently available in over 26 countries and 17 languages. Over 100 million copies of the game have been sold and it was named to the “Games Hall of Fame” by Games magazine. It’s the latest Hasbro game to be developed into a screen property, with eOne’s current roster including “Clue”, “Dungeons & Dragons”, “Power Rangers”, and “Mouse Trap”.