Secrets Of ‘Jeopardy’s’ Success For $1000, Alex!

Even with a Canadian host, Jeopardy! has become an American institution. The show, which just celebrated its 56th birthday on Monday, is still as popular as ever. Alex Trebek has been the game’s emcee for the past 36 years — far surpassing the show’s original 15-year run under Art Fleming — and he doesn’t see the allure of Jeopardy! waning anytime soon. After all, he told us, Jeopardy! makes its viewers at home feel like they’re part of the action. (Click on the media bar below to hear Alex Trebek)

Jeopardy! is syndicated throughout the United States; find your local affiliate at www.Jeopardy.com.

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Looking Back At The ‘Good Times’ With Good Times

At age 80, John Amos can look back at an incredibly diverse career, one that’s featured work on stage and on screen, in movies and on television. He’s well known for his recurring roles on two iconic TV series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The West Wing. About a decade ago, he even recorded an album of country music. However, he’ll always best be known as James Evans, the head of the household on Norman Lear’s groundbreaking sitcom, Good Times. It was the show that introduced us to Jimmie Walker’s catchphrase “Dy-no-mite!” and, in later seasons, featured a young Janet Jackson. Above all else, though, the show tried to take a gritty (yet funny) look at life in the inner city. Recalling his days on the show, Amos told us why he thought it was such a special experience. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Amos)

Amos’s legendary clashes with the producers during the show’s third season resulted in one of the most memorable TV moments of the ’70s — when his TV wife, played by Esther Rolle, learned of his death. Her reaction still haunts Amos to this day. (Click on the media bar below to hear John Amos)

 


Good Times is playing now on Starz and the Starz app.

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It Takes A Legend To Rattle Kelly Clarkson On ‘The Voice’

THE VOICE — “Battle Rounds” Episode 1806 — Pictured: Kelly Clarkson — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Sure, Kelly Clarkson has a spectacular winning record on The Voice, with three coaching wins in her first four seasons on the show. She does, however, admit to being intimidated by the coach who’s kept her from a perfect record: John Legend. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kelly Clarkson)

The Voice airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC.

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‘Homeland’ To The Max: Stars, Showrunner Talk About Its Unsung Hero

(L-R): Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Maury Sterling as Max in HOMELAND, “****** Shot Me”. Photo Credit: Sifeddine Elamine/SHOWTIME.

Barring any unexpected cameo appearances later in the show’s final season, there are only three actors who were on Homeland when it started in 2011 and are still on the show today. Two, of course, are easy to figure out: stars Claire Danes (Carrie Mathison) and Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson). The third is a little tougher to figure out, but he’s played a prominent role in recent episodes — Maury Sterling’s character, intelligence agent Max Piotrowski. When we spoke to Danes, Patinkin, and Homeland writer/producer Alex Gansa, they talked about how, against all odds, Max (and Sterling) have made it all the way through to the show’s last episodes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Claire Danes & Mandy Patinkin & Alex Gansa)

Homeland airs Sunday nights on Showtime.

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Binge-Watching? Jane Lynch Makes Her Case For ‘Glee’

Sure, you can tell us you liked the songs. Yeah, you can tell us you enjoyed the dancing. But there’s no way you’ll ever convince us that the best thing about Glee wasn’t Jane Lynch. As the acerbic Coach Sue, Lynch was pure 24-carat comedic gold. Being the good sports we are, though, we will allow for competing opinions … especially if they come from Lynch herself. Too modest to take the credit for herself, she says the show’s popularity comes from a few different places. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jane Lynch)

 


Glee is ready for your binge-watching needs as it streams now on Netflix.

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Ice-T Reflects On 20 Years Of ‘SVU’ Fun

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “I Deserve Some Loving Too” Episode 21014 — Pictured: (l-r) Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson, Ice T as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Although he’s only second on the show’s seniority list behind Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T’s still racked up enough time on Law & Order: SVU to accumulate a few good stories  He has, after all, spent 20 seasons on the set, through hundreds of episodes and plenty of cast changes. Having collected so many SVU memories, which are the ones that stand out the most? (Click on the media bar below to hear Ice-T)

Law & Order: SVU airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.

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