Sony has officially appointed a permanent host to replace Canadian TV legend Alex Trebek, announcing that longtime executive producer Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik will take over.
Richards will kick off Season 38 as a full-time host of Danger! while Bialik will welcome Jeopardy! ‘S prime-time and spin-off series, including the all-new Danger! National College Championship aired next year.
“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to host the syndicated version of Danger!“Richards said in a press release.
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being chosen to take on a role of this magnitude. I am incredibly honored to step behind the lectern and will work tirelessly to ensure that our brilliant candidates shine in every episode. . Alex believed that the game itself and the competitors were the most important aspects of the show. I was fortunate enough to witness his professionalism, intensity and kindness up close and this will serve as the ultimate model as we let’s keep producing the show we love.
“I am delighted that Mayim is joining the Danger! team. Her academic background and enthusiasm for the game made her a great host. It will be a privilege to produce the series in prime time with her as the host, ”Richards concluded.
Bialik, known for her starring role as neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory, says she “couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Danger! family.”
“What started with my 15 year old repeating an Instagram rumor that I should host the show has turned into one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities of my life!” Bialik said in connection with the press release.
“I’m so grateful and excited to continue working with Mike Richards, and I’m just over the moon to join forces with him and Sony. After all of the conversations we’ve had about this partnership, I’m so ready to get started!
For his work on The Big Bang Theory, Bialik was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2017.
A series of guest hosts each took a turn at the Danger! pulpit last season, including reporter Katie Couric, actor LeVar Burton, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Bialik among many others.
Danger! will begin production in mid-August, with new episodes launching on September 13, 2021.
Trebek died at his home in November 8, 2020, at the age of 80 after 20 months of fighting pancreatic cancer.
Hosted Trebek Danger! for 37 seasons from his revival in 1984 until his death in 2020.