Monday, November 30, 2020

SNL Hosts for December Announced; Jeopardy! Announces Final Week of Alex Trebek Episodes Then Ken Jennings Guest Host Week

Saturday Night Live

TV and movie veteran Jason Bateman will host Saturday Night Live for the second time on Dec. 5 on NBC. The Emmy Award-winning director, producer and star of Ozark currently co-hosts the new podcast SmartLess. Morgan Wallen will perform as musical guest for the first time. His highly anticipated new album "Dangerous: The Double Album" is due out Jan. 8. Timothée Chalamet will make his SNL hosting debut on Dec. 12. The Academy Award-nominated actor next stars in Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch and Denis Villeneuve's Dune. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform as musical guest for the third time. Springsteen made Billboard chart history with his newest release, "Letter To You," as the first artist to have a Top 5 album in each of the last six decades.

Kristen Wiig will make her fourth appearance as host on Dec. 19. Wiig stars in Wonder Woman 1984, in theaters and streaming on HBO Max Dec. 25. Dua Lipa will perform for the second time as SNL musical guest. Last week she received six Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year, for her newest release, "Future Nostalgia." Saturday Night Live is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels. Every season of SNL is now streaming on Peacock.


Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings

As JEOPARDY! remembers and celebrates the life of Alex Trebek, the show announced today that it will resume production today (Monday, November 30). Though a long-term replacement host will not be named at this time, JEOPARDY! will return to the studio with a series of interim guest hosts from within the JEOPARDY! family, starting with Ken Jennings. Earlier this year, Jennings claimed the title of JEOPARDY!'s Greatest of All Time in an epic ABC primetime event; he also holds the all-time records for most consecutive games won (74) and highest winnings in regular-season play ($2,520,700). Additional guest hosts will be announced in the weeks ahead. Jennings will also be featurned with his other Greatest of All Time contestants in a new ABC primetime series The Chase, beginning Jan. 7 at 9PM.

JEOPARDY! also announced an update to its broadcast schedule: in memory of Alex, the show will air 10 of his best episodes the weeks of December 21 and December 28, 2020. New episodes will continue to air now through December 18. Due to anticipated preemptions around Christmas and New Year's, Alex's last week of episodes will now air the week of January 4, 2021, in order to give his millions of fans a chance to see his final appearances. Alex's final episode will air Friday, January 8. The first week of guest-hosted shows will air the week of January 11, 2021.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

Thursday, February 29

Young Sheldon - "A Strudel and a Hot American Boy Toy" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Sheldon explores Germany behind Mary’s back, Missy attempts to pull a fast one on George Sr. and Meemaw and Dale adjust to living together.

Ghosts - "He Sees Dead People" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Jay’s sister, Bela (Puna Patel), and her boyfriend, Eric (Andrew Leeds), visit Woodstone Mansion, Eric reveals a major change that took place after his near-death experience there over Christmas.

The Conners - "Throwing a Christian to a Bear" (The CW, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Conners struggle to accept Becky's new boyfriend, a Green Bay Packers fan; Dan tries to impress upon Mark the importance of the family's die-hard loyalty to the Bears; Ben and Darlene try to get a loan for their new magazine.

The Conners - "Mud Turtles, A Good Steak and One Man in a Tub" (The CW, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Becky thinks that Jackie's new friend, a restaurant supplier, is taking advantage of them; Darlene is thrilled when Harris gets into Central Illinois State, but Harris might have found a better offer; Dan finds himself in an embarrassing situation.

Son of a Critch - "Thanksgiving" (The CW, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Mark takes directing the school play too seriously and finds himself without a cast and crew; Mark stubbornly tries to perform the play alone but realizes he's not a one-man-show.

Children Ruin Everything - "Hangover" (The CW, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Astrid and James think they've planned the perfect hangover day, but the kids, the neighbors and a bad internet connection have other plans.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of February 26)

Thursday, February 29

  • Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek/Greg the Bunny/Hiller and Diller) - Catch Eugene on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Fred Armisen (Los Espookys/Forever/Final Space) - Fred sits in with The 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Annaleigh Ashford (B Positive) - Annaleigh is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show/Here and Now/Malcolm & Eddie/Listen Up!/Reed Between the Lines) - Malcolm-Jamal and his mother Pamela Warner talk about her book A Parent's Guide to Managing Showbiz Kids on Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Laurence Fishburne (black-ish) - Laurence chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (November-February)

Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Father Knows Best - The Complete Series The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

11/07 - South Park - The Complete Twenty-Sixth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/14 - Leave it to Beaver - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/05 - Father Knows Best - The Complete Series
12/05 - The Odd Couple - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
12/12 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - The Complete Series
12/12 - Looney Tunes Collector's Choice - Volume 2 (Blu-ray)
12/12 - That Girl - The Complete Series
12/15 - Letterkenny - Season 11
12/19 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series
12/22 - Three's Company - The Official 40th Anniversary Collection (includes The Ropers and Three's a Crowd)
01/09 - South Park - Seasons 11-15 (Blu-ray)
01/16 - Ghosts (UK) - Season Five
02/13 - Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
02/27 - The Really Loud House - Season One

That Girl - The Complete Series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Official Restored Complete Series

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