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November 8, 2020 1:56 pm  #3


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

A Classy man.  He will be missed.

 

November 8, 2020 4:15 pm  #4


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

Alex Trebek Loved 'Jeopardy!' Bits on 'SNL', But Contended Another Actor Did Best Impersonation

"Eugene Levy to this day I maintain did the best Alex Trebek ever, better than Will Ferrell," he said then. "He looked more the part, too. He had the dark hair and he had the black mustache."

What is "absolutely right Alex." The SCTV sketches featuring the Trebek takeoffs are amongst the funniest things they ever did. It's nice to see he had a sense of humour about them. 







 

 

November 8, 2020 5:28 pm  #5


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

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November 8, 2020 5:52 pm  #6


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They must have had this one ready for awhile.

Tonight at 10:00 pm,  ABC has "Alex Trebek, Remembered -  A 20/20 Special"  (Also airing on Citytv.)

(*Includes Updated Start Time)

[I got this from the zap2it listings.  They had originally posted it in the 9:00 pm slot;  however it is now showing up an hour later.  My Rogers guide still shows "Cardshark" for both stations in that timeslot.]

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November 8, 2020 6:32 pm  #7


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I will miss him, I watch everynight pretty well...and I thought he was good to go this year and new shows had started without a live audience.

Alex was a class act and these long time hosts are passing, I raise a glass to him and to the contribution he made. In times of craziness, he was always calm and professional in his work.


 


The world would be so good if it weren't for some people...
 

November 8, 2020 6:34 pm  #8


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

Muffaraw Joe wrote:

I will miss him, I watch everynight pretty well...and I thought he was good to go this year and new shows had started without a live audience.

Alex was a class act and these long time hosts are passing, I raise a glass to him and to the contribution he made. In times of craziness, he was always calm and professional in his work.


 

Well said.  A fine tribute.

According to the New York Post,  the last episode he taped is scheduled to air on Christmas Day.
 

 

November 8, 2020 6:49 pm  #9


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Thanks for the notice about the special. I've set my DVR.  

And yes, it was almost certainly "in the can" for some time, likely when his diagnosis was first announced. The bulk of the hour - especially his early years - was pre-written, pre-edited and pre-produced - with what's called a "new top" put on the front and the end, detailing the latest news. 

They also have them for other ailing or older people. You can be sure there's one sitting in every station's library somewhere for the Queen and another for Mayor Hazel McCallion and Mel Lastman, among others. I remember how we had a prepared obit for Pope John Paul II before he passed away. It's macabre, but it's important because it saves hours of production when the sad time finally comes.

Still, sometimes they take you by surprise. I remember being in the newsroom half an hour before the 6 PM show,  when an intern just happened to look up at a muted screen that had CBC News Network on it, with a breaking news graphic that indicated Pierre Trudeau had passed away. It hadn't hit the wire yet and so she casually mentioned to me, "CBC is saying Trudeau died." 

I remember shooting up like an electric current hit me and ran to the producer, and then all hell broke loose. No one had bothered to prepare anything in advance, yet somehow they managed to get a decent package on the air, complete with library tape and reactions seconds before the 6 o'clock show started. How they wrote the script, pulled the tape and got it edited in time, I will never know. But it had to be there and it was.

And that's why, grim as they are, these pre-packaged obits are almost always done in advance.

 

November 8, 2020 6:55 pm  #10


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RA,  I just posted an Edit to correct the timeslot;  as zap2it is now showing the special as commencing an hour later at 10:00 pm.

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November 8, 2020 7:19 pm  #11


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Thanks. Will reset.

 

November 8, 2020 8:16 pm  #12


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A:  Alex Trebek passes away at the age of 80.

Q:  Why is today a sad day for Canada and the rest of the world?


RIP to a brave and classy man that faced his diagnosis with dignity and determination.


PJ

 

November 9, 2020 5:29 pm  #13


Re: Alex Trebek Passes at 80

Hi RA,
Speaking of "In the can" obits, we had one sitting on the editing desk at CityPulse clearly marked Sinatra Obit,  ready to go at a moments notice for "old blue eyes" to pass away.    Seems it sat there for a while, and eventually went to air.

 

November 9, 2020 7:53 pm  #14


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As I suspected, Monday night's Jeopardy episode began with an obit slide followed by a visibly emotional executive producer Mike Richards paying tribute to Trebek, noting they will air the final 35 episodes with him hosting because "that's what he wanted." There was a shot of an empty Jeopardy set with the lights dimming, before they went into the usual intro. It was classy, like Trebek, and it would have surprised me greatly if they hadn't done something.

Here's the text of the message:

"I'm Mike Richards the executive producer of Jeopardy.

Over the weekend, we lost our beloved host Alex Trebek. This is an enormous loss, for our staff and crew, for his family and for his millions of fans.

He loved this show and everything it stood for. In fact, he taped his final episodes less than two weeks ago. 

He will forever be an inspiration for his constant desire to learn, his kindness and for the love of his family.

We will air his final 35 episodes as they were shot. That's what he wanted.

On behalf of everyone here at Jeopardy, thank you for everything Alex.

This is Jeopardy..."
 

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November 9, 2020 9:14 pm  #15


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You can see the tribute here.

 

November 9, 2020 9:15 pm  #16


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November 11, 2020 12:57 pm  #17


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What an amazing "what could have been" story this is. I'd never heard this before. 

How Alex Trebek Almost Became Host of Hockey Night in Canada

 

November 11, 2020 2:06 pm  #18


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I remember the 1987 Dave Hodge fiasco well. It happened on my birthday. For the record, the Flyers/Habs game ended in a 3-3 tie. No shoot outs back then.

 

November 11, 2020 2:29 pm  #19


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November 16, 2020 10:25 am  #20


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RadioActive wrote:

[The instant Alex Trebek special on ABC] was almost certainly "in the can" for some time, likely when his diagnosis was first announced. The bulk of the hour - especially his early years - was pre-written, pre-edited and pre-produced - with what's called a "new top" put on the front and the end, detailing the latest news. 

They also have them for other ailing or older people. You can be sure there's one sitting in every station's library somewhere for the Queen nd another for Mayor Hazel McCallion and Mel Lastman, among others. I remember how we had a prepared obit for Pope John Paul II before he passed away. It's macabre, but it's important because it saves hours of production when the sad time finally comes.

The danger of pre-producing early obits, of course, is that things like this are bound to happen.

France Radio "Mistakenly" Publishes Obituaries Of Queen, Pele, Apologizes

 

November 16, 2020 10:50 am  #21


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RadioActive wrote:

The danger of pre-producing early obits, of course, is that things like this are bound to happen.

France Radio "Mistakenly" Publishes Obituaries Of Queen, Pele, Apologizes

Along this vein: a number of years ago Frank Magazine got a hold of and published a list compiled from CBC TV's various canned obits and their relative lengths - the angle of the story being essentially the longer the piece, the higher up the totem pole the individual was. IIRC Her Majesty topped the list at the time, as she likely would as well today.