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August 6th, 2013 10:36am EDT
Shark Week
A Connecticut teenager is angry over losing on Jeopardy last week after misspelling the answer to the game show's "Final Jeopardy" question. The 8th grader got the question right, but he added an extra "t" to the spelling of "emancipation" and host Alex Trebek ruled against him for the misspelling. Now the teen feels "cheated" and embarassed. Even if he got it right he had no chance of winning as the leader that day landed a $66,000 payday and a new Kids Week record. (story)

Has the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" jumped the shark? Viewers were upset Sunday night when the cable network ki...
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Connecticut Teen Feels 'Cheated' After Losing On 'Jeopardy'

August 5th, 2013 11:43pm EDT
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A Connecticut teenager is angry over losing on Jeopardy last week after misspelling the answer to the game show's "Final Jeopardy" question. Actually, we should say he misspelled the question to the "Final Jeopardy" answer.

Thomas Hurley III, of Newtown, CT, gave the correct question to the answer, "Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, 'a fit and necessary war measure'" -- but host Alex Trebek ruled against him for misspelling the word 'emancipation'.

Hurley's answer, "What is the Emanciptation Proclamation" was judged incorrect because he added a "t" to the wo...
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Alex Trebek Of 'Jeopardy!' Recovering Following Heart Attack

June 25th, 2012 8:15am EDT
Alex Trebek
"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek had a mild heart attack on Saturday and is recovering in the hospital. The quiz show host was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for immediate attention, and he is now undergoing further testing.

According to a statement from Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produces the show, Trebek is in good spirits and doctors expect the 71 year old to make a complete recovery. He is set to begin filming the program's 29th season next month.

On the same day he was rushed to the hospital, the veteran's series won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Game/Audienc...
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Alex Trebek's Alleged Burglar Hit With Restraining Order

July 29th, 2011 8:57am EDT
Alex Trebek
A woman accused of trying to steal from quiz show host Alex Trebek's hotel room on Wednesday morning has been ordered to stay away from the TV star.

The veteran Jeopardy! presenter is set to undergo surgery on Friday after he snapped his Achilles tendon as he tried to catch a woman who had been caught allegedly snooping around his hotel room in San Francisco, California. Police eventually captured the suspect, 56-year-old Lucinda Moyers, who was subsequently booked on charges of felony burglary and possession of stolen property.

A judge in San Francisco increased her bail to $625,000 an...
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Alex Trebek Injures Leg While Chasing Hotel Burglar

July 28th, 2011 8:41am EDT
Alex Trebek
Beloved quiz show host Alex Trebek has been left hobbling around on crutches after injuring himself while attempting to chase a burglar.

The veteran "Jeopardy!" presenter snapped his Achilles tendon on Wednesday morning as he tried to catch a woman who had allegedly been snooping around his hotel room in San Francisco, California.

He hurt his other leg as he fell, but Trebek refused to let the accident stop him from hosting the nearby National Geographic World Championship and he assured attendees at the event that he was OK.

Police eventually captured the suspect, a 56-year-old woman, w...
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Watson Computer Beats Humans In 'Jeopardy!' Showdown (Video)

February 17th, 2011 11:00am EST
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While it wasn't perfect, IBM's Watson computer was able to handily beat two of Jeopardy's greatest champions in a three-day competition. Watson had a total score of $77,147, topping Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter - who had $24,000 and $21,600, respectively.

Watson was dominant in song lyrics and book topics, but had trouble in geography and wording some answers properly. The web was abuzz when Watson questioned "What is leg?" to an answer about George Eyser's anatomical abnormality. Ken Jennings correctly questioned "What is he is missing a leg?" seconds later.

Last night, Watson seemed t...
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Jeopardy! Who Won the Battle Between Man vs. Machine?

February 16th, 2011 8:29pm EST
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Not since the chess showdown between Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue has a competition between man and machine received so much attention.

IBM's supercomputer Watson took on former Jeopardy! champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter for their final matchup Wednesday. Jennings earned $24,000 overall and Rutter $21,600, winning prizes of $300,000 and $200,000 respectively.

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Jeopardy! Showdown: Human and Supercomputer Tied After Round 1

February 15th, 2011 1:36pm EST
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Jeopardy! all-time winner Brad Rutter and the supercomputer dubbed "Watson" are neck-and-neck after their challenge began Monday.

Rutter and former contestant Ken Jennings — who holds the game show's longest winning streak— are facing off against the IBM machine that has been in development for two years. Named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson, the machine is powered by 10 racks of computer servers running the Linux operating system.

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Jay Leno Q&A: 'The Jay Leno Show' Will Not Be Another 'Tonight Show'

September 2nd, 2009 2:23pm EDT
Jay Leno
Jay Leno has big plans for his new show. The Jay Leno Show won't just be another Tonight Show. That's still going on, with Conan O'Brien as the new host. Leno's return to television is more of a variety show, airing every weeknight at 10 in NBC's prime time schedule, starting September 14.

Leno still plans to have celebrity guests, but he wants to make them do more than talk. One of his planned recurring stunts is a Green Car Challenge, where guests will race in an environmentally friendly electric car. He also plans to have new correspondents filing segments for him, including NBC's s...
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I'll Take The Rapists For $100 Alex (Today's Links)

February 25th, 2009 8:48pm EST
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Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the tubes.

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Life from the point of view of a hot girl:

23 ways to be cool. This definitely involves hanging out with Steve more - Holy Taco

Hollywood's biggest gold digge...
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Hottest Reality TV Show Hosts

July 7th, 2008 8:50am EDT
Mario Lopez
Gone are the days of the classic game show. It's not that these types of shows are completely extinct; however, we live in the un-ending world of reality television. That being said, a new breed of reality TV hosts who tend to be hotter than ever have cropped up. This is the eye candy era. Goodbye Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune), Bob Barker (The Price is Right), and Alex Trebek (Jeopardy). The sexy hosts are here! A few ladies and gentlemen in particular who stand out the most include:

The Ladies

Heidi Klum

This Victoria's Secret model and Sports Illustrated darling can do it...
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Starpulse Q&A: Comedian Nick Swardson Talks About New Album, Life & Movie Projects In The Works

October 23rd, 2007 2:38pm EDT
Nick Swardson - Party
On his debut comedy album, Party, Nick Swardson claims that it's ironic that he's a comedian because off stage he's not a good story teller, but in this Starpulse Q and A he proves otherwise.

Swardson's career itself is an interesting tale. Performing improv at sixteen and then delving into standup several years later, Nick achieved the distinction of being the youngest comedian to have his own Comedy Central Presents.

One night, Adam Sandler saw the special and was so impressed by the performance that he phoned him the next day, leading to a partnership that allowed Nick to act...
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Jerry Lewis: 'Merv Griffin Deserved To Die'

August 24th, 2007 1:34pm EDT
Jerry Lewis
Merv Griffin "deserved to die" because he avoided treating his prostate cancer, according to comedian Jerry Lewis. Griffin, the brains behind game shows like Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune, died earlier this month at the age of 82.

Lewis reveals he was furious when his late pal passed away - because he had the same disease, but was cured after seeing doctors.

Speaking on Entertainment Tonight, Lewis says, "I was very angry when I heard (Griffin) died. He didn't have to die. He knew he had prostate cancer, and he did nothing about it. He deserved to die.

"You can't have cancer ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 22

July 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
David Spade
Happy Birthday to Belgian singer Kate Ryan (1980), "Run Lola Run" actress Franka Potente (1974), singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright (1973), WWE star Shawn Michaels (1965), "Joe Dirt" star David Spade (1964), "Moulin Rouge" actor John Leguizamo (1964), R&B singer Keith Sweat (1961), Savatage singer/Trans Siberian Orchestra composer Jon Oliva (1960), guitarist Al Di Meola (1954), Eagles drummer/singer Don Henley (1947), "Lethal Weapon" actor Danny Glover (1947), "The Muse" star Albert Brooks (1947), Supertramp keyboardist Rick Davies (1944), Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett (1944), funkmaster ...
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Merv Griffin Admitted To The Hospital

July 19th, 2007 11:45am EDT
American entertainer Merv Griffin has been admitted to hospital with prostate cancer. The 82-year-old former producer of game shows Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune is being treated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles - where he was taken on Wednesday - for cancer discovered during a routine check-up earlier this month, according to his spokesperson.

His son says Merv is resting and "his sense of humor and optimistic outlook remain intact." He adds, "He's getting great care and his medical team want to monitor his progress in a controlled setting."

In a statement, Me...
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'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek To Visit Troops On USO/AFE Tour To Japan & Okinawa

March 22nd, 2007 12:09pm EDT
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Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!, will meet service members and their families on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Japan and Okinawa March 27-April 1. A long-time USO supporter, Trebek will host events at several military installations, posing for photos and signing autographs.

The "Jeopardy!" team also will conduct contestant searches and play "just for fun" versions of "Jeopardy!" for military personnel and their families. In addition, the "Jeopardy!" crew will record clues on location that will air on future "Jeopardy!" shows.

As host of the popular show since its debut i...
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TV Snippets

November 2nd, 2006 10:52am EST
James Denton
* Law & Order star Sam Waterston, Desperate Housewives' Doug Savant and James Denton, Joely Fisher, Martin Short and pop star Drew Lachey will be pitting their wits against Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, on an upcoming two-week celebrity version of Jeopardy, which begins on November 8.

* The December 13 episode of forensics drama Bones will be directed by X-Files star David Duchovny. The show will feature Ryan O'Neal.

* TV Guide channel will mark the Italian wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes over the weekend on November 16-19 by scheduling a marathon of debates a...
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'Jeopardy' Winner Pokes Fun at Alex Trebek

July 26th, 2006 10:08am EDT
Ken Jennings on Jeopardy
Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings has slammed the game show, despite winning $2.5 million during a 74-game winning streak. The software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah, was finally beaten in 2004 by challenger Nancy Zerg, but in a recent posting on his website he mocks both the gameshow and its host Alex Trebek.

He says, "I know, I know, the old folks love him. Nobody knows he died in that fiery truck crash a few years back and was immediately replaced with Trebektron 4000, I see your engineers still can't get the mustache right, by the way."

He goes on to say, "You're like the D...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 22

July 22nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
David Spade
Happy Birthday to Belgian singer Kate Ryan (1980), "Run Lola Run" actress Franka Potente (1974), singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright (1973), WWE star Shawn Michaels (1965), "Joe Dirt" star David Spade (1964), "Moulin Rouge" actor John Leguizamo (1964), R&B singer Keith Sweat (1961), Savatage singer/Trans Siberian Orchestra composer Jon Oliva (1960), guitarist Al Di Meola (1954), Eagles drummer/singer Don Henley (1947), "Lethal Weapon" actor Danny Glover (1947), "The Muse" star Albert Brooks (1947), Supertramp keyboardist Rick Davies (1944), Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett (1944), funkmaster ...
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