The last entry on Evan Peters’ favorite episodes list hails from Season 7, “American Horror Story: Cult,” which is surprisingly one of the actors’ least favorite seasons. Peters publicly described the season to GQ as being a tough and traumatizing experience, saying that playing Kai Anderson, “It’s hurting my soul and Evan as a person.”
But still, in his list of favorite “American Horror Story” episodes, Peters chose to go with Season 7’s 10th and penultimate episode, “Charles (Manson) in Charge,” as one of his top choices. In it, viewers are treated to a Peters showcase — with him appearing in pretty much every scene in the episode. As the title so aptly states, the episode includes a riveting performance by Peters as one of America’s most notorious cult leaders, Charles Manson.
Further describing the experience of playing multiple cult leaders in “Cult,” Peters told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that “It was a pretty heartbreaking research process.” In addition to Manson, the 35-year-old was also tasked with playing cult leaders David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Marshall Applewhite in separate but equally exhausting scenes. He said that researching for the role of Jones, the infamous leader of the Jonestown group, was the toughest thing he had to do that season.
Celebrity Jeopardy! Series Announced at ABC, Mayim Bialik Expected to Host
Inspired by the success of celebrities adding value to game show spinoffs like Celebrity Family Feud and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! will next be getting the celebrity treatment. Variety reports that Celebrity Jeopardy! is a go at ABC with plans to premiere this series this fall alongside Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. It is described by the network as an all-new game show that “welcomes celebrity contestants to compete for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice.”
The official announcement for Celebrity Jeopardy! oddly noted that a “host will be announced at a later date.” That might fuel speculation that Mayim Bialik may not be serving as host, though she had previously been announced as the host of any Jeopardy! primetime specials. ABC chief Craig Erwich also told Variety that fans shouldn’t “read anything into” the vague announcement, seemingly confirming that Bialik will be hosting as expected.
“It’s really just about the details of the announcement,” Erwich said. “And we just are not ready yet, but we will be soon. I wouldn’t read anything into it.”
We can’t imagine it will be any problem for Bialik. The Call Me Kat star says she’s still hoping to be officially named as the permanent host of Jeopardy!, as she is still technically an interim host alongside Ken Jennings. Bialik has been open about Jeopardy! being her most favorite job, even with everything else she keeps herself busy with.
“There’s no other job I would rather have,” Bialik said last year. “I love my sitcom work, I do. I love all the other things I do. I love the podcast. But I absolutely have never had a better job … the use of my brain and my skillset feels best suited by this job on Jeopardy!. It is a dream job. I think it’s a dream job for anyone, but especially for someone who is trained first as a performer and then as a science communicator.”
The series, which will air Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC during the 2022-23 season, is executive produced by Michael Davies and comes from Sony Pictures TV.
While is Celebrity Jeopardy! series is new, the title still may sound familiar to Saturday Night Live fans. It had served as the basis of a long-running sketch featuring Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek with different celebrities failing spectacularly at the game show. Darell Hammond always returned for each sketch as Sean Connery, depicted as mischievous and always more focused on making life miserable for Trebek than actually playing the game properly. More than a dozen of these skits aired between 1996 and 2009 with a special one-off happening at the 40th anniversary special in 2015.
Sadly, Trebek and Connery have both since passed away. With a new Celebrity Jeopardy! series in the works, however, one has to wonder is SNL will be bringing back the sketches with their current cast, this time with someone portraying Mayim Bialik.
25 Greatest Judy Garland Movies Ranked Worst To Best
Not only is Judy Garland’s performance in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” her best and most quintessential movie role, the film itself remains a benchmark for Hollywood excellence more than 70 years after its initial release. Based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” “The Wizard of Oz” follows Kansas farmgirl Dorothy Gale (Garland) and her dog Toto as they’re swept away by a tornado to the magical Land of Oz. For Dorothy, there’s no place like home, so with the help of the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Tin Man (Jack Haley), and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), she makes her way to the Emerald City to seek help from the Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan), the only being who can get her back to the sepia tones of the Great Plains. But the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) is in hot pursuit of Dorothy, her friends, and that little dog, too.
A true triumph of cinematic imagination, the dazzling Technicolor wonderland of “The Wizard of Oz” continually delights movie fans of all ages and Garland’s performance as Dorothy is undoubtedly the heart of the film. Her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” conveys a melancholy and longing instantly recognizable to anyone who’s hungered for a life beyond their horizons. Honored by the AFI as one of the greatest American films of all time, “The Wizard of Oz” is not only Judy Garland’s essential screen performance, but an indispensable piece of movie history.