LeVar Burton‘s TV days are far from over, and ditto for expanding people’s minds — ’cause the dude is about to venture out on a Trivial Pursuit … one that’s almost a sealed deal.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … LeVar and his team are close to locking in terms on a new job he’s been teeing up for a couple years now — namely, as executive producer and host of the new Trivial Pursuit game show … which is going to be aired on the CW.
We’re told things are almost finalized between LeVar and the network, and that the series already has a 12-episode order. So, yes … we’re gonna see LeVar on the tube again in due time.
As for how all this came together … well, our sources tell us that’s actually all due to Hasbro — the toy company that owns the rights to Trivial Pursuit, who initially brought him in.
We’re told Hasbro honchos thought of LB after he got snubbed by Sony execs for the highly-coveted “Jeopardy!” hosting job — which was a whole saga in and of itself. Remember, Sony never even approached him for the gig — nor did they seriously consider him.
Obviously, Hasbro thought differently … and the conversations kicked into high gear after the CW became attached to developing Trivial Pursuit into a game show. If you’re unfamiliar, TP sees players answering a variety of trivia questions, touching on a bunch of categories.
It’s kind of the perfect next chapter for the dude who hosted “Reading Rainbow.”