Day: November 9, 2020

Best-bets for Nov. 11: Three season-openers and a country cascade

1) Country Music Association awards, 8-11 pm., ABC. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and others open the show with a salute to the late Charlie Daniels. That starts a night filled with combinations: Hosts Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker perform together; he also links with Lady Antebellum; she joins Thomas Rhett and more. Gabby Barrett sings with Charlie Puth; also performing are Miranda Lanbert, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Maren Morris and more, plus a lifetime award for Charley Pride. Read more…

Trebek was a stately (and silly?) figure

Alex Trebek was the good, grey eminence of game shows– a reassuring sign that there are correct answers and absolute truths.
Trebek died today (Nov. 8) at 80, after almost two years of pancreatic cancer. He had been a TV presence for 58 years – totaling only nine months of joblessness, he said – including the past 36 as the “Jeopardy” host..
“He symbolizes learning and knowledge to (a) second or third generation,” Ken Jennings, one of the show’s all-time champions, told the Television Critics Assocation in January. And he makes “it look effortless,” added Brad Rutter, another all-time champ. “This guy, no matter what he’s going through, just gets better and better.”
There was also a flip side, somewhere under that dignified surface. “I love silliness,” Trebek said. Read more…