Peril! will restart filming on November 30 following the death of beloved host Alex Trebek, with “a series of acting guest hosts from the Peril! family ”in the driver’s seat, the quiz show’s production team announced on Monday.
The producers said they are not naming a permanent replacement for Trebek at this time. Instead, the 37th season of Peril! will resume with Ken Jennings, series champion ‘ The best ever tournament, as the first guest host; others will be announced in the future. In one next tweet, Jennings acknowledged Trebek’s legacy by saying, “There will never be just one Alex Trebek, but I’m honored to help Peril! with that in January.
Trebek, who had hosted Peril! since 1984, died earlier this month at age 80 after receiving treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2019 and has continued to film Peril! throughout his treatment.
“Alex believed in the importance of Peril! and always said he wanted the show to continue after him, ” Peril! Executive producer Mike Richards said in a press release. “We will honor Alex’s legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved with smart competitors and empowering cues. By bringing in familiar hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers. “
The final filmed episodes of Trebek are currently airing, with the latest set to debut on Christmas Day. However, the Peril! the team pushed them back due to planned vacation preemptions: The final week of episodes of Trebek will now air during the week of Jan. 4, 2021. Meanwhile, 10 of what the producers have described as the “best episodes ”of Trebek will air in his memory during the weeks of December 21 and December 28. The guest-hosted shows will begin airing on January 11, leaving no space between Trebek and Jennings.