In its original format, one of TV’s most popular game shows began as part of NBC’s daytime lineup. Created by Merv Griffin, Jeopardy! aired on the Peacock Network until 1975, supplemented by a syndicated weekly version in 1974–75. Art Fleming hosted the program, supported by announcer Don Pardo. After a short-lived revival in 1978–79 as The All-New Jeopardy!, the game show vanished until 1984, when its current incarnation hosted by Alex Trebek premiered in daily syndication. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: John Astin, Addams patriarch (83); Bill Corbett, gold robot (53); Jason Dohring, sleuth’s squeeze (31); Richard Dysart, lawyer (84); Maurice LaMarche, voice actor (55); Peter Marshall, game show emcee (87); Piers Morgan, talking head (48); Paul Reiser, mad (56); Ian Ziering, Beverly Hillsian (49).