37 years after making his hosting debut on Jeopardy!, and two months after his passing from pancreatic cancer, Alex Trebek's final turn as the long-running quiz competition's master of ceremonies airs today. The last in a set of episodes that Trebek taped before his death in November, tonight's episode is set to include a tribute to the beloved television personality.
Also today: The second season of Dickinson premieres on Apple TV+, Disney+ helps viewers bone up on Marvel's Wanda Maximoff and Vision ahead of their series debut next week, and Martin Scorsese's new Netflix series spotlights a legendary New Yorker. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Friday:
FINAL FAREWELL: Although he'd been in the hosital days before, Alex Trebek returned to the studio just ten days before his death to tape tonight's Jeopardy! Neither he nor the show's producers knew at the time that it would be his last. Watch preview. Airs in syndication (check local listings)
SEASON PREMIERE: Returning for more "literary fan fiction" (as Aaron Barnhart reluctantly put it last year) the second season of Dickinson finds the show's titular writer reaching out to the spirit world in her quest to become the world's greatest poet. The season's first three episodes drop today. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+
SERIES PREMIERE: Disney+ continues to take its parent company's storied self mythologization to new levels, premiering Marvel Studios: Legends, which aims to be for Marvel Cinematic Universe characters what Biography is for real-life people of note. The first two episodes drop today, with the stars of the streamer's upcoming WandaVision series, Wanda Maximoff and Vision getting their time in the spotlight. Streaming on Disney+
NBA BASKETBALL: ESPN is set to air its second doubleheader of the week with two marquee national game telecasts tonight:
LIMITED SERIES PREMIERE: Ten years after profiling her in his HBO film Public Speaking, Martin Scorsese is giving Fran Lebowitz another platform from which to take loving potshots at her hometown in Pretend it's a City, a new six part romp through the mind of the legendary raconteur. Primetimer's Aaron Barnhart previewed the series and filed this review. Streaming on Netflix
COMPLETE FIRST SEASON: Omar Sy (Jurassic World) stars in Lupin, a contemporary retelling of the classic French story about Arsène Lupin, a gentleman thief and master of disguise. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
ORIGINAL MOVIE: Wilmer Valderrama, Demi Lovato, Sia, Ashley Tisdale, G.E.M., Avril Lavigne, John Clees are among those lending their voice to the animated family musical Charming, which follows the adventures of a beloved prince as he searches for love on the eve of his 21st birthday. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.
TOPICS: Alex Trebek, Jeopardy!