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Title: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: bigblue999 on November 23, 2020, 05:15:27 PM
Ken Jennings will be the first guest host.

https://www.facebook.com/Jeopardy/photos/a.187939387923652/3804736226243932/?type=3
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: therealcu2010 on November 23, 2020, 05:31:42 PM
Also of note is that Alex's final episodes have been delayed two weeks, to account for likely preemptions on Christmas Day. They will now air two weeks of "best of" episodes during the holidays instead.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Spmahn on November 23, 2020, 07:50:54 PM
Also of note is that Alex's final episodes have been delayed two weeks, to account for likely preemptions on Christmas Day. They will now air two weeks of "best of" episodes during the holidays instead.

Which is probably for the best since Jeopardy airs on ABC affiliates in something like 65% of the country, which means it would be pre-empted for NBA on Christmas which would have been the last show
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: gamesurf on November 23, 2020, 09:23:39 PM
I like Ken Jennings as a player, as a Clue Crew replacement, and as a Jeopardy! brand ambassador, and it was smart to bring him on as a production assistant

I'm very uneasy with Ken as a potential host--he's going to be very polarizing

Alex is going to be near-impossible to replace, and I hope that this is a way to ease into the host search by starting with a familiar face that most people closely associate with Alex, but I'd be much more comfortable with a Mina Kimes or Pat Kiernan-ish character
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: thepriceis_J on November 23, 2020, 09:39:07 PM
I mean, if Ken is already reading clues, it makes logical sense to expand that from 5 clues in a show to 61. The hiring at the beginning of the season smacked of contingency and here it is. Something that folks might not know is that Ken is involved with quiz bowl and has read games at some previous national finals. I trust his abilities here and hope his demeanor comes across well on camera.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Jimmy get a shot at having his hosting televised. He traditionally hosts the rehearsal games.

Given Mike's aspirations and experience, I also wouldn't be surprised to see him take a turn behind the lectern.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: JayC on November 23, 2020, 10:43:28 PM
Nice to see the show getting back to studio and getting started on its next era. As much as we'll miss Alex, it's exciting to see how Ken will do hosting and who the other interim hosts will be and who ultimately gets the job.

It would've been fitting for Alex's final episode to air on Christmas day but with the possible preemptions the week of Christmas and New Years it makes sense to hold off on his last week until after the holidays.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on November 23, 2020, 11:45:59 PM
I agree that it would've been fitting to have had Alex's final episode air on Christmas.  However, I do like how it'll be delayed until 2021 (not pushed back into February sweeps but right after the holidays).  As mentioned, the annual NBA quintuple header for Christmas Day would impact several people.  Plus, Christmas Eve occupied with their (and other families') last minute stuff, Church, dinner, etc.


I wasn't sure if they would've held off starting production until Season 38, but that's way too much of Season 37 to void.  Chances are that a permanent replacement will not be made official until next fall.  I don't have a problem with Ken as host.  I think it makes the most sense to have Jeopardy start with Jennings.  Given the struggles with getting a permanent host for TPIR and Family Feud that worked, I think Jeopardy will be okay going forward with their final decision.  If not, they could get someone else, but at the end of the day, they'll get someone that, while not as great as Trebek, will be the man or woman slated to become the face of Jeopardy for years to come
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jhc2010 on November 24, 2020, 01:24:27 AM
Given Mike's aspirations and experience, I also wouldn't be surprised to see him take a turn behind the lectern.
I agree about Mike Richards. If Vegas was taking odds on the next permanent host, he would have to be near the top of the odds list. On Twitter, Neil deGrasse Tyson's name keeps getting thrown around but he said in September that he is not considering it. Levar Burton is another name that keeps getting mentions on Twitter as a possible replacement.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Casey on November 24, 2020, 11:23:35 AM
I'm very uneasy with Ken as a potential host--he's going to be very polarizing
I would sure love to know what is so ďvery polarizingĒ about Ken Jennings?
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: PatrickRox80 on November 24, 2020, 12:47:12 PM
I would sure love to know what is so ďvery polarizingĒ about Ken Jennings?

Ken was the first champ to take full advantage of the sky's the limit rule. You have to admit, though, he knows his stuff. I for one am intrigued to see how well he'd do hosting.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on November 24, 2020, 12:49:55 PM
Because social media makes things bigger than they appear to be. There is no one who would be universally the first choice. Some Twitter complainers will make their voices seem bigger than they are.

Guaranteed the same thing would have happened in 1984 had social media been around. The guy from High Rollers filling the shows of the great Art Fleming? Blasphemy! And yet it worked out fine.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: blozier2006 on November 24, 2020, 12:54:29 PM
... the same thing would have happened in 1984...
The same thing did happen in 1984, from critics in newspapers.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHWqOb2FiZV/?igshid=1cb9afcu751ww

https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1325664257556492288?s=19
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: TinoStar11 on November 24, 2020, 01:10:24 PM
Speak of Ken Jennings , he got nominated today for a Grammy for best spoken word album for his work doing the Alex Trebek Ė The Answer IsÖ audiobook
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on November 24, 2020, 01:18:10 PM
While I don't know nor do I care what makes Jennings very polarizing, it comes as no surprise that people would have this thought about him.  I have seen people express their dislike based on his political views.  Some have outright admitted it; others, as is their custom, have not (stating it isn't about that or has nothing to do with it).

My apologies for bringing it up if it was a problem, but that is the definitive reason why people are turned off (outside of the fact that Ken isn't Alex).  I'll be too occupied watching him in action as the host or a host of Jeopardy!

That's Social Media for you.  Or the media in general.  IMO, all Twitter complainers will make their voices bigger.  Charles Barkley said it best: "Twitter is for losers & stupid people that need a platform to express their vision.  If you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is to worry about what I'm doing then you're an idiot." 

Sir Charles was probably a little more harsh than the quote.  The fact is Trebek's episodes are still airing, Ken Jennings hasn't even taped his first episode, and people are already bitter.  It's complaining for the sake of complaining, period
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: gamesurf on November 24, 2020, 01:56:11 PM
On camera, he's fine. He reads clues well.

But he can come across as an a bit of a douchecanoe. (And I'm not only talking about his tweets--I've had the opportunity to meet the guy in person and own two of his books, which I really enjoyed. He's a great conversationalist, and frequently hilarious, but he also comes across as guy who thinks his intelligence justifies him being a dick.)

This is coming from somebody who generally likes Ken and hopes there's a long-term place for him in the show--just not replacing one of the most empathetic and gracious figures on television.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on November 24, 2020, 02:51:03 PM
The same thing did happen in 1984, from critics in newspapers.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHWqOb2FiZV/?igshid=1cb9afcu751ww

https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1325664257556492288?s=19

Oh sure, some critics did their thing. I was referring to the pervasiveness of social media which tends to make things look much bigger than they remotely are.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Axl on November 25, 2020, 08:11:29 PM
I agree about Mike Richards. If Vegas was taking odds on the next permanent host, he would have to be near the top of the odds list.

I disagree, if for no other reason than the fact that oddmakers wouldn't know who he is. I would imagine Sony would want some sort of known entity to be the permanent host. Despite having a couple of shows under his belt as a host, Mike would not qualify.

I do think Mike would do a very good job and would be a great option if they needed a fill-in on short notice during this transition period. But not permanent. Would he really want to give up his job as EP on J! and Wheel to be host of one show? I doubt it. He seems like a guy who likes to run things, not be a cog in the machinery.

Finding the permanent replacement is tricky because you need not only someone fans will recognize, but also someone who can do the technically complicated job of hosting that show. It's not like other game shows where a teleprompter and heavy editing can bail out someone who lacks the technical chops. That's the thing that makes Ken an obvious choice: He is a known entity on the show, and also undoubtedly capable of being a trivia competition host.

That said, I was not exactly bowled over by the job he has done as a clue reader this season... he has come across as a little robotic.  I think he'll have to up his game a little bit as a fill-in if he wants the permanent job.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Borusa on November 26, 2020, 09:51:34 PM
I wonder if there will be a new set and a new announcer.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on November 26, 2020, 10:02:02 PM
I wonder if there will be a new set and a new announcer.

Likely no. They already upgraded the set for this year with the stuff from GOAT Tourney and Johnny is doing stuff remote as is.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on November 26, 2020, 10:38:25 PM
I wonder if there will be a new set and a new announcer.

No. Unlike a planned transition, there is no reason to add more shock to the system.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: pricefan18 on November 26, 2020, 10:43:37 PM
No. Unlike a planned transition, there is no reason to add more shock to the system.

Plus, it'd be a LOT to ask them to change the set and look just after their host of the last 36+ seasons died. No way that happens. I DID wonder if Johnny mighta been replaced though, either by his choice or the staff's as linked to Alex specifically as he was/is, but that was just my thinking. It's gonna feel mighty odd though when he announces the new host or series of hosts when Alex's final shows are done at the beginning of January. (still can't believe he outlived Trebek at 96 too, and STILL sounds amazing with nary a dip in voice or performance quality for that age).
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: sayingsorry on November 26, 2020, 10:52:08 PM
I do think Mike would do a very good job and would be a great option if they needed a fill-in on short notice during this transition period. But not permanent. Would he really want to give up his job as EP on J! and Wheel to be host of one show? I doubt it. He seems like a guy who likes to run things, not be a cog in the machinery.


Why would he have to give up his roles as EP? They both don't film at the same time, Mike can ensure all the crew knows what to do during show time and when they hit record he walks out and hosts the show. I can't see any reason why he would not be able to
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on November 26, 2020, 11:00:52 PM
Why would he have to give up his roles as EP? They both don't film at the same time, Mike can ensure all the crew knows what to do during show time and when they hit record he walks out and hosts the show. I can't see any reason why he would not be able to


I wouldn't bet on Mike Richards to host, outside of a week or two.  That being said, I agree that his EP role shouldn't exclude him from hosting.  Alex was a producer decades ago, and while it's a totally different show, Bob Barker was the solo EP of TPIR for his final 20 seasons as host.

As mentioned, and while I think he would be pretty good, it's likely a moot point, but he wouldn't lose his EP role of both Wheel and Jeopardy due to hosting Jeopardy alone
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Borusa on November 26, 2020, 11:44:57 PM
That's good that Johnny's been able to do shows by remote, just like the what the original Jeopardy announcer Don Pardo did during his final years of SNL (announcing his shows from I think Arizona).
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: pricefan18 on November 27, 2020, 04:20:34 PM
That's good that Johnny's been able to do shows by remote, just like the what the original Jeopardy announcer Don Pardo did during his final years of SNL (announcing his shows from I think Arizona).

Was he doing this even before this season with his age? Or it more a COVID thing?
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on November 27, 2020, 04:48:02 PM
I thought it was done well before COVID but could have misunderstood or misread that somewhere along the way.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: bigblue999 on November 27, 2020, 04:51:32 PM
I thought it was done well before COVID but could have misunderstood or misread that somewhere along the way.

Before COVID, Johnny was recording from home for the morning tapings. Jimmy and Sarah (and Kelly before stepping down) were doing the VO's in-studio for the morning's tapings, then Johnny would dub them over before the episodes were aired.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Reloaden on November 29, 2020, 03:24:11 AM
I am glad they are testing out hosts to take over rather then picking someone out of a hat or a big name.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: pricefan18 on November 29, 2020, 04:28:16 AM
I am glad they are testing out hosts to take over rather then picking someone out of a hat or a big name.

I wonder how many test hosts they'll use and how many shows each will do? A week a time? 2 weeks? Longer? This will be interesting.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on November 29, 2020, 08:50:48 AM
Interim doesnít necessarily mean auditioning nor contender for the permanent job. Itís worth noting their choice of words.

That said, the idea that had they not pursued this path, that a host would be effectively ďdrawn out of a hatĒ is not remotely grounded in reality. The producers know the weight of the decision they will need to make. They know the financial impact. Agree or disagree with the final choice, it will be made with substantial consideration and evaluation.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jhc2010 on November 30, 2020, 12:36:06 AM
I disagree, if for no other reason than the fact that oddmakers wouldn't know who he is. I would imagine Sony would want some sort of known entity to be the permanent host. Despite having a couple of shows under his belt as a host, Mike would not qualify.

I do think Mike would do a very good job and would be a great option if they needed a fill-in on short notice during this transition period. But not permanent. Would he really want to give up his job as EP on J! and Wheel to be host of one show? I doubt it. He seems like a guy who likes to run things, not be a cog in the machinery.

Finding the permanent replacement is tricky because you need not only someone fans will recognize, but also someone who can do the technically complicated job of hosting that show. It's not like other game shows where a teleprompter and heavy editing can bail out someone who lacks the technical chops. That's the thing that makes Ken an obvious choice: He is a known entity on the show, and also undoubtedly capable of being a trivia competition host.

That said, I was not exactly bowled over by the job he has done as a clue reader this season... he has come across as a little robotic.  I think he'll have to up his game a little bit as a fill-in if he wants the permanent job.
Okay, if Richards is not at the top of the odds list with Ken Jennings, then who is?

Alex would retake any clues that he misspoke while reading. Havenít you noticed he hasnít misspoke on air reading a clue in YEARS? There was even some shows a few years ago where he re-recorded every single clue in post-production as he was hosting with a raspy voice. Everything that wasnít a clue had him with his raspy voice but the clues were dubbed over when his voice was healed.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jhc2010 on November 30, 2020, 02:46:09 AM
There are actually betting odds on the next host!

http://oddsshark.com/entertainment/who-will-become-next-jeopardy-host-betting-odds
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: PatrickRox80 on November 30, 2020, 08:09:46 AM
There are actually betting odds on the next host!

What the actual... That is without a doubt one of the most horrific things I have ever seen.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Casey on November 30, 2020, 08:31:40 AM
What the actual... That is without a doubt one of the most horrific things I have ever seen.
Seriously?  Hyperbole much?
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: SanAnMan on November 30, 2020, 09:29:29 AM
I mentioned before in the post when Alex passed that my first choice for a replacement would be Ken Jennings. I've watched him on GSN's Master Minds for some time now, and he comes across as very cordial and seems he would be a good host. He definitely knows the game. I think the biggest obstacle for him, or for that matter anyone else who eventually takes the podium, will be that their name is anything other than Alex Trebek. Hard to replace a legend, especially one who has been associated with the show for so many years. Remember it took a long time before people really started to warm up to Drew Carey hosting The Price is Right (and some still haven't).
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on November 30, 2020, 11:07:56 AM
There are bookies who will take action on anything. The site looks to be an individual contribution, based on the syntax (I, me, etc.). Distasteful though it may be, itís not worth time or effort, nor taking seriously in the big picture.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jude_este on January 06, 2021, 02:27:41 PM
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that longtime news reporter Katie Couric will be the second guest host according to several people familiar with the plan.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-01-06/katie-couric-will-guest-host-jeopardy-after-the-final-alex-trebek-episodes-air
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jude_este on January 12, 2021, 02:40:50 PM
Sorry for the self reply, but sharing news of confirmation of a third guest host who is a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers & 2015 Celebrity Jeopardy! contestant Aaron Rodgers (https://www.packers.com/news/packers-qb-aaron-rodgers-to-be-a-guest-host-on-jeopardy), who confirmed the news on today's The Pat McAfee Show.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on January 13, 2021, 01:58:59 AM
If that holds, I think that would make him the second elite NFL player to host an Elite gameshow within the past decade if not all time.  Albeit temporary, he would be the first accomplished NFL player (but not first outright NFL player) to host an accomplished year-round gameshow
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: SamJ93 on January 13, 2021, 10:19:30 AM
Jimmy Cefalo and Rolf Benirschke might beg to differ with your definitions of "elite" and "accomplished."  ;)
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on January 13, 2021, 12:24:20 PM
He certainly has some experience in front of a camera. And the skill set of someone like an NFL QB might translate to the fast paced game management the show requires.

But...Iím still a little apprehensive about the guest host period becoming a circus.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jude_este on January 13, 2021, 04:27:01 PM
Sitcom star Mayim Bialk and 60 Minutes's Bill Whitaker have been confirmed from a TVLine (https://tvline.com/2021/01/13/jeopardy-mayim-bialik-guest-host-full-list/) article as guest hosts. And as per a Jeopardy representative, as part of each guest hostís appearance, a donation will be made to a charity of their choice with the amount donated will equal to the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete during the weeks they serve as a guest host.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: PatrickRox80 on January 13, 2021, 05:36:56 PM
After hearing the new parade of guest hosts, Iím beginning to respect the decision to hire Katie Couric a bit more. I only knew the choices were going to be more bizarre than Aaron Rogers, although Rogers did play as a celebrity contestant so Iíll give him that. I had to familiarize myself on who Mayim Bialk and Bill Whitaker were because Iím too young to remember Blossom and Iím not even a casual viewer of 60 Minutes.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: GR_Man_9009 on January 13, 2021, 05:51:18 PM
I most know Mayim Bialk for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS's hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: bigblue999 on January 13, 2021, 06:06:58 PM
In addition, Mike Richards will host after Ken finishes his slate of games.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: PatrickRox80 on January 13, 2021, 07:39:09 PM
In addition, Mike Richards will host after Ken finishes his slate of games.

I honestly hope that's not true. If it is, Mike will have proven himself to be a disgusting opportunist, and I'll lose any respect I've ever had for him.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jude_este on January 13, 2021, 07:46:29 PM
I honestly hope that's not true. If it is, Mike will have proven himself to be a disgusting opportunist, and I'll lose any respect I've ever had for him.

It is true indeed PatrickRox80, as the official website has confirmed Mike will be hosting for two weeks once Ken Jenningsí episodes conclude to keep the show on the air while preparing for the guest hosts.
https://www.jeopardy.com/jbuzz/news-events/roster-guest-hosts-announced
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: PatrickRox80 on January 13, 2021, 07:54:13 PM
It is true indeed PatrickRox80, as the official website has confirmed Mike will be hosting for two weeks once Ken Jenningsí episodes conclude to keep the show on the air while preparing for the guest hosts.
https://www.jeopardy.com/jbuzz/news-events/roster-guest-hosts-announced

Kind of understandable. I'd have preferred a few more weeks with Ken or maybe Brad Rutter if he was available.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on January 13, 2021, 08:45:50 PM
I honestly hope that's not true. If it is, Mike will have proven himself to be a disgusting opportunist, and I'll lose any respect I've ever had for him.

Yes, how dare he take a guest hosting stint when theyíre in need of temporary hosts.
The nerve.
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Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: JayC on January 13, 2021, 10:10:59 PM
I honestly hope that's not true. If it is, Mike will have proven himself to be a disgusting opportunist, and I'll lose any respect I've ever had for him.
Why? Ken must've only been available for the 30 shows, and Mike was the easiest fill-in until the next guest host could come in.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: COINBOYNYC on January 14, 2021, 12:24:59 AM
I most know Mayim Bialk for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS's hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Mayim Bialik holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience in real life, so it should be interesting to see how she does as guest host.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: GameShowKid on January 14, 2021, 03:18:51 PM
I honestly hope that's not true. If it is, Mike will have proven himself to be a disgusting opportunist, and I'll lose any respect I've ever had for him.
I have just never been a fan of Richards as a host, and I dislike some of the changes he brought to Price. He doesn't seem personable to me. I will not be watching his stint. 
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: name456 on January 14, 2021, 04:40:03 PM
I have believed for years Richards would rather be in front of a camera than behind it.

My wife and daughter loved Blossom back then (daughter preferred the fast talking friend, Six I think was her name), none of us ever got into Big Bang Theory. I donít think the person who does end up with the job has to be a brain, as Fleming and Trebek werenít necessarily (bright guys, but not brains, I hope that makes sense). If a person can read and speak clearly, and inject a bit of personality, they would be a potential host. Itís a game where a Steve Harvey type or a generic college professor personality would be a terrible choice.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on January 14, 2021, 06:48:41 PM
I don't have a problem with Mike Richards hosting.  I'm even going to place him amongst the greatest gameshow hosts of all time, or even the people hosting gameshows today.  However, based off of the small sample size we've seen, I think he was pretty good as a host.  Not great, but exceeded expectations.

As mentioned, it was rather imperative that he would be included; that was speculated even when Alex was still alive.  In my opinion, it would have been stupid for him to pass up on the opportunity.  Given the times we are in and the availability of prospects due to that as well as one's own schedule, it makes total sense. 

Now, if Mike Richards ends up being the permanent host, that may be a different story, but I think I might pass on making an opinion on his hosting style on Jeopardy until after his shows air
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jhc2010 on January 15, 2021, 11:25:40 AM
I have trouble understanding why so many on this board seem to dislike Mike Richards.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on January 15, 2021, 11:51:23 AM
Same here. Good lord, the man could order pancakes at a diner and people would be offended heís not a waffle lover.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: vnisanian2001 on January 15, 2021, 12:10:30 PM
They (including Roger Dobkowitz) are really mad at him over TPIR. That's probably why seemingly everyone hates him.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jhc2010 on January 15, 2021, 12:38:20 PM
They (including Roger Dobkowitz) are really mad at him over TPIR. That's probably why seemingly everyone hates him.
What are they so mad about? Mike fixed many aspects of the show.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: wheelfan1991 on January 15, 2021, 12:48:27 PM
Because Roger would have left the show just like it was. Bob and he were sticklers about the show being almost live-to-tape, they didn't like change, at least drastic change. By the time Bob left, the show was stale. The prizes were bland, with the exception of the occasional Caddy, Lincoln, or Vette. The show was stuck in a bygone era, and that's just how Roger (and Bob) liked it. It was easy.  If Mike had been a carbon copy of Roger, the show would've been canceled by now. I agree that Mike's first bit in his role at Price was rocky, and he made a lot of drastic changes much too quickly. However, once he got acclimated, he did a very good job of turning things around and making it a show fit for today's style and demographic while keeping the core of the show what it always has been.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: therealcu2010 on January 15, 2021, 03:27:50 PM
I have trouble understanding why so many on this board seem to dislike Mike Richards.

I think you'll find that the number of folks who dislike Mr. Richards around here are greatly in the minority.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Roadgeek Adam on January 15, 2021, 03:41:45 PM
Roger is stuck in his old school 1970s ways and his base there for the most part believe every bit of the drool that comes out of his mouth.

Mike Richards did a lot for Price and for Drew. Roger was definitely limiting Drew's abilities a bit. Now the thing is running at a well-oiled machine, even if it involves editing.

Rather see more of what Mike Richards did to Price than what Roger did because then we'd end up with a daytime equivalent of Wheel that's struggling.


But yes, people are vocally against Mike for the same reasons they take everything Roger says as god.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: name456 on January 15, 2021, 03:55:47 PM
Roger is stuck in his old school 1970s ways and his base there for the most part believe every bit of the drool that comes out of his mouth.

Mike Richards did a lot for Price and for Drew. Roger was definitely limiting Drew's abilities a bit. Now the thing is running at a well-oiled machine, even if it involves editing.

Rather see more of what Mike Richards did to Price than what Roger did because then we'd end up with a daytime equivalent of Wheel that's struggling.


But yes, people are vocally against Mike for the same reasons they take everything Roger says as god.

I would disagree with that. Live to tape gave it a much more natural feel. Now they can chop it to bits, sometimes with very noticeable and choppy edits, and it just feels fake, like a sitcom or talk show.

I donít think Mike helped Drewís hosting much either.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: GRWHAMMY the 2nd on January 15, 2021, 04:30:38 PM
i used to like Roger, but then i realized that times change, and so should the show
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: therealcu2010 on January 15, 2021, 05:05:40 PM
Folks, we've veered off topic... this is a discussion about Jeopardy! and it's upcoming guest hosts, not a discussion about who was the better producer of another show entirely. Get back on topic please!
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: jude_este on January 16, 2021, 01:46:37 PM
Thank you for stepping in therealchu2010, as like others, I do not want this to be another Mike bashing thread. And to get back on topic, it's now Katie Couric whose getting attention about comments that she made on last night's Real Time With Bill Maher. No need to explain more about it due to the comments Kaite made is about two politicians.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on January 16, 2021, 09:47:38 PM
Some people will complain about anything someone says, or ever said. Social media magnifies it out of proportion and makes people think itís a bigger deal than it is. Tune out the noise.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Flerbert419 on January 17, 2021, 08:50:03 AM
I have trouble understanding why so many on this board seem to dislike Mike Richards.

Here's my two issues with the way Mike has handled the current situation (and it relates to J! so it's on topic):

1. I do not agree that he should have been the "voice of the show" when Alex passed away. I understand he is the current executive producer, but by all indications he knew Alex for a very short time. We know Mike only worked with him for a period of months. For the media appearances and tribute, give me somebody who Alex worked with for 30+ years and who actually knew the man. Mike also has a tendency to be robotic in front of the camera which did not work well for me in this emotional situation. Harry Friedman would have been a better choice!

2. Inserting himself into the guest host spot looks like he is taking advantage of Alex's death to further his own career ambitions. If he was not EP and he got slotted in that would be one thing, but who's going to tell the boss he can't host? Maybe they are in a jam for guests hosts and he's stepping up to save the day, but it looks like just another line on his IMDb page to help him land his next gig.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: PatrickRox80 on January 17, 2021, 10:49:40 AM
1. I do not agree that he should have been the "voice of the show" when Alex passed away. I understand he is the current executive producer, but by all indications he knew Alex for a very short time. We know Mike only worked with him for a period of months. For the media appearances and tribute, give me somebody who Alex worked with for 30+ years and who actually knew the man. Mike also has a tendency to be robotic in front of the camera which did not work well for me in this emotional situation. Harry Friedman would have been a better choice!

2. Inserting himself into the guest host spot looks like he is taking advantage of Alex's death to further his own career ambitions. If he was not EP and he got slotted in that would be one thing, but who's going to tell the boss he can't host? Maybe they are in a jam for guests hosts and he's stepping up to save the day, but it looks like just another line on his IMDb page to help him land his next gig.

#1 I can understand. The show's been running for 36 years, so many of its longer-tenured staff members are either already retired, too old or uncomfortable to speak about it on camera or also deceased. It doesn't help that Alex passed away in the midst of a pandemic with many restrictions still in place. Mike Richards is the face of the show and as EP would be the most likely person on the current staff to say something announcing Alex's passing. It helps that Mike's had television experience on the camera and off.

This brings me to #2. It doesn't surprise me that Mike would take advantage of Alex's death to boost his hosting resume. Prior to last year, he had zero association with Jeopardy! and only got to know Alex for a few months. As emotional as his speech was, I can't look at him the same way without thinking he's full of it. This also confirms that Mike still has a misguided moral compass. He's had it since he allowed Jenny McCarthy to play on Price because she's "a great advocate for what she believes in".

But as we've seen with Katie Couric, guest hosts can have worse publicity than Mike. Ken Jennings was known to have similar baggage but not to the same extent.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on January 17, 2021, 12:00:23 PM
An incredibly minute number of people know who the executive producer is, nor when they took over. Fewer still care that he delivered the remarks. It matters that the remarks were delivered, and were delivered tactfully and sincerely. It makes perfect sense to have the person with that title make them, whether in the role for three months, three years or three decades.

Second, the presumption that anyone is trying to boost their resume in the absence of any actual evidence to that effect is unfounded. It is possible for one to respect the game, to respect the legacy and to do what is necessary to ensure the game goes on with the particular skill set they possess. We don't know the logistical challenges of lining up schedules for guest hosts while maintaining production schedule in the midst of covid.

If there's a moral compass that may not be pointing true north, it could be in the presumption of selfish intent where there is no evidence any exists, based on preconceptions and personal animus.   
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: thepriceis_J on January 17, 2021, 03:23:26 PM
1. I do not agree that he should have been the "voice of the show" when Alex passed away. I understand he is the current executive producer, but by all indications he knew Alex for a very short time. We know Mike only worked with him for a period of months. For the media appearances and tribute, give me somebody who Alex worked with for 30+ years and who actually knew the man. Mike also has a tendency to be robotic in front of the camera which did not work well for me in this emotional situation. Harry Friedman would have been a better choice!
It's a tough situation. But they had literally one/two days to put together that video message and get it in the show and the fact of the matter is that Harry no longer works for the show. In the immediate aftermath, someone that represents the show needs to be out in front and, even though he's new, that person is Mike Richards. He's the boss, he's earned that role and that privilege. If, down the line, they have Harry film some remarks and put it together with remarks from others that worked with Alex longer like Johnny and the Clue Crew (past and present), then that's fine. But Mike runs the show, he's not the face of it, but he is representative of it. That's like saying Bill Clinton should've delivered remarks on 9/11 instead of George Bush because Bush had only been on the job for nine months.

2. Inserting himself into the guest host spot looks like he is taking advantage of Alex's death to further his own career ambitions. If he was not EP and he got slotted in that would be one thing, but who's going to tell the boss he can't host? Maybe they are in a jam for guests hosts and he's stepping up to save the day, but it looks like just another line on his IMDb page to help him land his next gig.
See, the only reason we're talking about him this way is because we're more familiar with him. Numerous people have reportedly had their agents reach out to Jeopardy about the position. It's surprised the agents because they thought Ken was heir apparent. And because the show has to keep filming without taking much of a break, any time after Alex's death is probably a little disingenuous, but it has to happen unless production should've just been shuttered for the rest of the season (which some probably want). And yeah, I get that he's the "boss", but he has a boss too and he's not in charge of the host search. Someone else from Sony is. I forget the name, but they've been mentioned in articles.

This brings me to #2. It doesn't surprise me that Mike would take advantage of Alex's death to boost his hosting resume. Prior to last year, he had zero association with Jeopardy! and only got to know Alex for a few months. As emotional as his speech was, I can't look at him the same way without thinking he's full of it. This also confirms that Mike still has a misguided moral compass. He's had it since he allowed Jenny McCarthy to play on Price because she's "a great advocate for what she believes in".
The fact of the matter is that the timing was just terrible. Of course he had no association with Jeopardy, he didn't work for Sony. He was hired to literally run the show, so that takes his association from zero to 100% automatically, whether we may like it or not. That's how it works. Again, you can say this about first time politicians or any elected President. They had zero association with the office, but once they're installed, they now represent that office and have to make the decisions. No matter how long they've been in the post.

And setting aside the McCarthy decision, this is no indicator of his moral compass. He's someone who has more experience in hosting than *any* of the guest hosts. Like, so far, none of them to my knowledge have hosted a game show. Ken's done quizbowl, and Katie and Bill Whitaker have newsreading, but that's it. It makes total sense for Sony to turn to someone in house that they're already paying who they know has been on camera hosting a game show before to do a few weeks since things aren't as set in stone with Ken as we would've first thought.

*Somebody* has to represent and host this show and it seems like everyone's like "not Mike" because he's too new, but that's just the way it is. He was hired specifically to guide this show (and Wheel), he has to that job in this tough situation.

Also, I'm pretty sure everyone that stands behind that podium knows of the gravitas of the position and wants to make sure they honor Alex. We all loved Alex. But I'm also pretty sure they realize how impressive it will be to have hosting this program on their resume. And this is show biz, every decision everyone makes is pretty much done to pump up their credentials.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: JayC on January 17, 2021, 03:34:27 PM
The fact of the matter is that the timing was just terrible. Of course he had no association with Jeopardy, he didn't work for Sony. He was hired to literally run the show, so that takes his association from zero to 100% automatically, whether we may like it or not. That's how it works. Again, you can say this about first time politicians or any elected President. They had zero association with the office, but once they're installed, they now represent that office and have to make the decisions. No matter how long they've been in the post.
Mike Richards joined Sony in 2019 a year before taking over as EP of Jeopardy and Wheel, so he didn't come in when they resumed taping this summer completely new to Sony. Not sure if Sony had the intention of him eventually taking over for Harry Friedman after his retirement, but it's possible that and him taking over for either Alex or Pat Sajak was a reason to bring him in as well. It's also possible they needed someone between Ken and Katie Couric or whoever the next guest host was to host as a stopgap and Mike hosting was a simplest solution.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: pricefan18 on January 17, 2021, 04:10:05 PM
Mike Richards joined Sony in 2019 a year before taking over as EP of Jeopardy and Wheel, so he didn't come in when they resumed taping this summer completely new to Sony. Not sure if Sony had the intention of him eventually taking over for Harry Friedman after his retirement, but it's possible that and him taking over for either Alex or Pat Sajak was a reason to bring him in as well. It's also possible they needed someone between Ken and Katie Couric or whoever the next guest host was to host as a stopgap and Mike hosting was a simplest solution.

This is my thinking, be it his idea or someone else's, it'd only make sense. Also as an aside, I don't think you can really compare this job transition to the Presidency. It's a vastly different thing and expectations there would be way different than here in an instance like this. I'd even suspect in a normal year, there may have even been an appearance from Harry Friedman, but who knows for sure. Coulda gone the same way even then, hard to say. I could see it at least being possible though.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: thepriceis_J on January 17, 2021, 06:39:18 PM
Mike Richards joined Sony in 2019 a year before taking over as EP of Jeopardy and Wheel, so he didn't come in when they resumed taping this summer completely new to Sony. Not sure if Sony had the intention of him eventually taking over for Harry Friedman after his retirement, but it's possible that and him taking over for either Alex or Pat Sajak was a reason to bring him in as well.
I suspect this was solely due to transitioning from Fremantle to Sony and whatever conditions were in his contract for either company. His hiring at Sony was specifically to take over for the outgoing Harry Friedman on Jeopardy and Wheel and announced as such not long after he started. Now, we can speculate as to why they hired him, the best bet being that they saw how he got Price back on its feet after Bob's retirement/Drew's early seasons and wanted him to do the same for J!/Wheel when the time came for Pat and Alex to retire. Because regardless of Alex's health, both were/are reaching the point where that time would come sooner rather than later.

Also as an aside, I don't think you can really compare this job transition to the Presidency. It's a vastly different thing and expectations there would be way different than here in an instance like this.
My point was to draw parallels to representation and familiarity and not specifically the importance of the jobs. In perspective, of course the positions and instances are vastly different, but there's no denying that, under normal circumstances, people would be more familiar with the outgoing person in a position than the incoming person. But the outgoing person doesn't come back and step into the spotlight just because the incoming person is so new (unless your name is Jay Leno).
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: EaglesWings4500 on January 17, 2021, 08:55:49 PM
What about Chuck Wolley as guest host?
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: Trevor Tuominen on January 17, 2021, 09:41:51 PM
Yeah...no chance that ever happens. Iím assuming thatís a joke.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: imhomerjay on January 17, 2021, 10:24:54 PM
What about Chuck Wolley as guest host?

That canít be serious, right?
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: COINBOYNYC on January 18, 2021, 12:38:18 AM
What about Chuck Wolley as guest host?

Chuck Wolley?  Never heard of him.   ???

Based on the responses immediately preceding this one, I'd presume you mean Chuck Woolery.

In which case: Are you serious?

(https://i.redd.it/96qm0zir8vh31.jpg)

 :headbang:


Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: JhayPrice on January 18, 2021, 12:54:48 AM
Man that would be quite a suprise, the former emcee of your show's sister show?
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: name456 on January 18, 2021, 04:21:07 AM
No way Woolery guest hosts. His style would not work for a fast paced A&Q game.
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: blozier2006 on January 18, 2021, 04:23:11 AM
No way Woolery guest hosts. His style would not work for a fast paced A&Q game.
And with how radioactive his reputation is right now... and the fact that he's only a year younger than Alex himself was... I'm pretty sure we've seen the last of him
Title: Re: Jeopardy To Resume Taping On 11/30 With Interim Guest Hosts
Post by: sayingsorry on January 18, 2021, 10:13:21 AM
I would bet a lot of money that Mike Richards was brought on by Sony to take over hosting either J or Wheel one day. He has proven to be a winner as EP and a pretty fine host.