"Jeopardy" record-holder Ken Jennings will be the first in a series of interim hosts replacing Alex Trebek when the show resumes production next Monday.
Producers announced that Jennings, who won 74 games in a row and claimed the show's "Greatest of All Time" title last year, will host episodes that air in January. A long-term host to replace Trebek, who died of cancer on Nov. 8, will be named later.
"By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers," said the show's executive producer, Mike Richards.
The show is in its 37th year of syndication, and Trebek was its only host. It is still airing shows that Trebek filmed before his death. Richards said "Jeopardy" will air repeat episodes for the holiday weeks beginning Dec. 21 and 28, meaning Trebek's final week of shows will air starting Monday, Jan. 4. Jennings' episodes begin on Jan. 11.
Swift concert film headed to Disney Plus
A concert film featuring Taylor Swift performing songs from her new album is coming to Disney Plus. The singer announced Tuesday that "Folklore: the long pond studio sessions" will premiere on the streaming platform on Wednesday. The concert film will include guest appearances from Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver — acts who all appear on Swift's "Folklore" album. In the film, Swift will reveal stories and secrets behind the 17 songs on the album, which topped the Billboard 200 albums chart this year. Swift filmed "Folklore: the long pond studio sessions" in upstate New York in September. The singer also directed the concert film.
Host: "The Daily Show" host and comedian Trevor Noah has been tapped to host the 2021 Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy made the announcement hours before the nominees are revealed. It would mark Noah's first time hosting the Grammys, which will be held Jan. 31. Earlier this year, Noah competed for his first Grammy: The 36-year-old Emmy winner was nominated for best comedy album with "Son of Patricia," but lost to Dave Chappelle. "I think as a one-time GRAMMY nominee," Noah said, "I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I'm not trying to catch Corona.)"
awareness: The Elton John AIDS Foundation and TikTok are teaming up to raise awareness about the disease through a campaign and live event for World AIDS Day. The groups announced their collaboration for a live show on Dec. 1. The event will air on John's TikTok channel featuring the singer and husband-filmmaker, David Furnish, along with performances by Sam Smith, Sam Fender and Rina Sawayama. The campaign kicks off Wednesday.