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What Should the New ‘Jeopardy!’ Be? Guest Hosts Provide the Clues. – The New York Times

Following Alex Trebek’s death, a parade of replacements seem to be battling for the soul of the game — and the state of knowledge itself.

By Amanda Hess, May 5, 2021

By Cari Vander Yacht

On a recent “Jeopardy!” episode, one of the contestants, Mike Nelson, alighted upon a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Nelson — “an actor originally from Chesterton, Indiana,” as the “Jeopardy!” announcer Johnny Gilbert introduced him — selected an $800 clue that triggered a Daily Double.

It was Anderson Cooper’s first night guest-hosting the show, but Nelson had a different man in mind as he made his wager. “I’ve always wanted to say this,” Nelson said. “Let’s make it a true Daily Double” — and here Nelson closed his eyes and lifted his hands as if to signal for some kind of celestial field goal — “Alex.”

Source: What Should the New ‘Jeopardy!’ Be? Guest Hosts Provide the Clues. – The New York Times

Best TV Sitcoms of All Time – Rolling Stone

From family stories to band-of-misfits hangouts, classic rom-coms to workplace mockumentaries, cringe comedies to antihero showcases, and some shows that defy definition, these are the hundred series that have made us laugh, think, occasionally cry, and laugh all over again.

Photo Illustration by Joe Rodriguez. Images used in Illustrationspyrakot/Adobe Stock(TV’s); Ed Miller/Amazon(Catastrophe); CBS Photo Archve/Getty Images,2(I Love Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show); Guy D’Almea/FX(Atlanta); Fox(The Simpsons); Warner Bros/Everett Collection(Friends); Adult Swim/Everett Collection(Rick & Morty); NBC/Everett Collection, 4(The Office, Friends, Fresh Prince, Seinfeld) CBS/Everett Collection(Murphy Brown); Everett Collection(Honeymooners); CBS/Everett Collection(All in The Family); Amanda Matlovich/Hulu(Letterkenny)

For more than eight decades, the sitcom has both marked the times and provided a balm against them.

From Rob Petrie tripping over his ottoman on The Dick Van Dyke Show to Ilana face-planting on a Broad City subway car; from The Honeymooners’ Ralph Kramden barely containing his frustration with Ed Norton to Atlanta’s Paper Boi doing the same with his cousin Earn; from Lucy Ricardo getting drunk on Vitameatavegamin to Fleabag enjoying Gin in a Tin with the hot priest, the genre’s most beloved characters have been by our sides.

To choose the 100 greatest sitcoms ever, we first had to decide how to define the term. Sketch comedies were out, from the explicit, like Saturday Night Live and The Muppet Show, to the more ambiguous, such as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Ditto comedy-drama hybrids that ran around an hour — Freaks and Geeks, say, or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Half-hour dramedies presented a blurrier picture; we took those on a case-by-case basis, applying our own version of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famous definition of obscenity: “I know it when I see it.” Where Enlightened and The Wonder Years seemed to fall just too far over the drama side of the line, for example, Atlanta and Better Things had enough comedy to qualify. This list is also composed entirely of English-language comedies, primarily American ones, with a handful of British and Canadian shows making the cut.

Source: Best TV Sitcoms of All Time – Rolling Stone

Happy Birthday Art Fleming: Remembering the Original ‘Jeopardy!’ Host

Written by Emily Morgan, May 1, 2021

–from article…

Today, we say Happy Birthday to the original man behind “Jeopardy!” — Art Fleming.

Born on May 1, 1924, Fleming is remembered for being the host of the first version of the television game show “Jeopardy!,” which aired on NBC from 1964 until 1975.

He was born to parents William and Marie Fazzin, who immigrated to New York City from Austria. In high school, Fleming was a successful athlete on his high schools’ football team. He later attended Colgate and Cornell Universities, where he had a spot on the football and water polo teams at both colleges.

Source: Happy Birthday Art Fleming: Remembering the Original ‘Jeopardy!’ Host

The End of Legacy Media (Newspapers, Magazines, Books, TV Networks)

By Jakob Nielsen on August 22, 1998

Modern technology on screens…

Most current media formats will die and be replaced with an integrated Web medium in five to ten years.

–from article..

Legacy media cannot survive because the current media landscape is an artifact of the underlying hardware technology.

Whenever the user experience is dictated by hardware limitations, it is a sure bet that something better will come along once these limitations are lifted.

Source: The End of Legacy Media (Newspapers, Magazines, Books, TV Networks)

Editor’s Note: Predictions and article from 1998.. how did he do?

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Tim Allen celebrates the end of an era on ‘Last Man Standing’: ‘Mission accomplished’

EW has your first look at the final two episodes ‘Baxter Boot Camp’ and ‘Keep on Truckin” airing on May 20.

By Rosy Cordero, April 29, 2021 at 04:11 PM EDT

Credit: Michael Becker/FOX

Tim Allen is celebrating a decade of success and camaraderie on Fox’s Last Man Standing, ahead of the comedy’s bittersweet goodbye on May 20 at 9 p.m.

EW has your first look at photos from the final two episodes titled “Baxter Boot Camp” and “Keep on Truckin’.”

“I’m not a ‘feelings’ type of guy. That’s why I do comedy, to push things away,” Allen, who portrayed Mike Baxter, tells EW when asked how he’s feeling about the series finale.

“I get attached to people even on movie sets and those shoots are only three to four months. So when we wrap and everyone goes home, I go, ‘But wait! I thought we were going to be friends!'”

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