Alex Trebek Dead at 80 From Pancreatic Cancer, He Hosted Jeopardy Until The End

A stellar 65 seasons of the game show Jeopardy! have been produced, with Alex Trebek as host since 1984

Another sad death to report due to cancer in the form of the long time host of the popular game show Jeopardy!: Alex Trebek has moved to the great beyond

Trebek was best known for his role behind the podium on the long-running quiz show Jeopardy!, which he began hosting in 1984 when its daily syndicated version launched. At the time of his death, Trebek had presided over more than 8,000 episodes of the beloved, and he had planned to remain host of Jeopardy! until at least 2022, when his new contract expired.

Alex Trebek Dies: ‘Jeopardy’ Host Dead at 80 of Pancreatic Cancer | TVLine

Trebek joins another cancer victim who passed recently, Eddie Van Halen and others who have died this year (see: The List of Talented Entertainment People Dying In 2020 Continues: Sean Connery RIP at 90)

Personally, didn’t watch much Jeopardy! but always enjoyed what I saw of it when somebody turned it on and there’s no denying that Trebek was a master host. He was the guy to have in that spot, just like Richard Dawson was Family Feud.

It’s unlikely a cure for cancer will be found in my lifetime, but I believe someday that cure will be found. Trebek was 80 years old, so he wasn’t taken away as early as some are, but we need to find a cure. A lot of much smart, smart people are working on it which bookends this post on a note of hope for the future.

RIP Alex Trebek.

Pachinko on Emotional Steroids? The Wall on NBC

The Wall on NBC and is available for streaming on Hulu

For the most part we do movies here, but movies show up on TV which leads to TV shows. Some TV shows are just really, really long movies. And then there are the oddities, the reality TV shows and game shows.

The Wall has changed people’s lives, giving away more than $11 million to date! This season, executive producer LeBron James has a game-changing twist to give away record-breaking money. Get ready for the all-new Superdrop, when all seven balls rain down in a waterfall drop that takes the total possible prize each night to over $13 million! But with more reward comes more risk and the potential to lose it all. Every question and every decision could make the difference of millions of dollars on what is truly the most unpredictable show on television.

The Wall –

To date, we haven’t covered any game shows here, but game shows can be fun to watch. I hadn’t heard about or seen The Wall on NBC (, but if you’ve ever played the game pachinko, it blends that with questions and answers.

If the contestants answer a question correctly they get this green ball which will drop into a slot and increase their prize bank. Answer wrong and a red ball drops and deducts from the prize amount. Add to that an isolation booth segment where the spouse, significant other friend or family member in the booth must decide to take the guaranteed money or bet on the results of the wall by signing or tearing up a contract. This game show is pretty entertaining and comes from executive producer, Lebron James.

Yes, the athlete sensation on the basketball court, Lebron James.

There is some real dramatic tension that sets this game show apart from just watching people randomly win money. They tell their stories of love for each other as they come to a decision to take guaranteed money or take a chance on the results of the wall. The last few minutes of the show are a nail biter as viewers root for the right decision being made by the person who was isolated and doesn’t know whether taking the guaranteed money was better than the result of the wall’s prize fund — which could and sometimes is zero.

The Wall is on NBC Live TV (Wednesdays at 8PM) and available for streaming on Hulu. It has been renewed for a fourth season.