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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

‘Jeopardy!’ Fans React as Joe Buck Is Reportedly Set to Guest Host the Show

It sounds like Jeopardy! might be gearing up for the arrival of another guest host… sports broadcaster Joe Buck.

The Fox play-by-play announcer is reportedly set to join a lineup of recent and upcoming guest hosts which includes Ken Jennings, Mike Richards, Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Aaron Rodgers, Anderson Cooper, Bill Whittaker, Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. It was also recently announced that former champ Buzzy Cohen would helm the Tournament of Champions this year.

According to the New York Post, Buck is up for a possible guest host gig sometime this summer, but it’s unclear if it would run the typical two-week length most guest hosts have served since Alex Trebek’s death.

 

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 21, 2021 at 05:51 PM (#6014803)
If they're not careful, this will become a never-ending tradition like the Cubs' guest 7th-inning conductors.

Len Kasper could probably do a good job as permanent host.
   2. Baldrick Posted: April 21, 2021 at 06:22 PM (#6014809)
Ken Jennings should obviously do it, so I hope they just circle back around to him.

Alternatively, I'm a big fan of the Levar Burton movement.
   3. Jay Seaver Posted: April 21, 2021 at 06:39 PM (#6014814)
Burton's got the last batch of the season, which leads to a lot of speculation that they'll just keep going with him.

I don't mind Buck in general - I think a lot of the hate dates back to when he first started out, but he's grown into his jobs and developed a self-deprecating sense of humor. His voice seems a little big for Jeopardy!, though; the host of that has to fit into a conversation with people who don't naturally project and grab attention.
   4. phredbird Posted: April 21, 2021 at 06:47 PM (#6014816)

levar burton would not be the worst choice, but i lean toward ken jennings too. he's got a connection to trebek that i think would be good for the show.

the other guests have been rather inconsistent. katie was terrible, as was dr. oz. aaron rodgers was good -- i was surprised at what a big handsome guy he is, he reminds me of jon hamm, who i think would be a gas by the way -- but a little too laid back for my tastes.

the other takeaway i get is that the show is still exciting and fun to watch, which says a lot about how well it's run.
   5. The Run Fairy Posted: April 21, 2021 at 07:26 PM (#6014822)
Burton's got the last batch of the season, which leads to a lot of speculation that they'll just keep going with him.


The Jeopardy schedule has David Faber and Buck going after Burton.

I'm getting tired of the guest hosts. It's okay as a concept but I really don't want to go through 10 more hosts and four more months of this, especially after the Couric/Oz/Rodgers block encouraged me skip most of a month's worth of episodes.
   6. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 21, 2021 at 08:37 PM (#6014837)
as was dr. oz.

"I'll take Snake Oil for $500."
   7. Walt Davis Posted: April 21, 2021 at 08:47 PM (#6014838)
Vin Scully would be fun.

"I'll have Sound and Fury for $200 Vin."
"A loud noise; also a crane for a movie camera."
"What is a boom?"
"That reminds me of a story about David "Boomer" Wells and the great Dodger manager Tommy LaSorda. As you might remember, Wells was a healthy-sized young man. And of course Tommy was known to carry a pound or two and he loved his Italian food. So one night after a game, Boomer and Tommy go out ...

"... And isn't that ironic? Well, that's all we have time for, joins us tomorrow when our defending champion will see if he can better his $200 winnings from today."
   8. The Duke Posted: April 21, 2021 at 09:15 PM (#6014840)
How does Will Ferrell not get a two week run?
   9. winnipegwhip Posted: April 21, 2021 at 09:21 PM (#6014841)
Hank Kingsley
   10. The Duke Posted: April 21, 2021 at 09:22 PM (#6014842)
Joe Buck has a built in sign off line

“Billie Jones is a two day jeopardy winner of 34,000 and...we...will....see.....you.....TOMORROW.........NIGHT”
   11. cardsfanboy Posted: April 21, 2021 at 09:28 PM (#6014843)
I think a full season of guest hosts makes sense, you are basically saying that no one can truly fulfill Trebeks role and we don't want to recast him yet, so let other fans/celebrities of the show honor him as we do a real search for a good replacement, instead of a hasty search. You know behind the scenes they are looking for a full time replacement, and they might be considering some of the guest hosts (although I don't think they really are considering that many... Jennings, Burton maybe, beyond that someone might end up showing up that they didn't truly consider, but I doubt this is an actual audition for a vast majority of them. ) but ultimately it gives them time to qualify the next replacement, while making sure it doesn't look like a hasty decision that they might be stuck with or having to admit they made a mistake.
   12. Mayor Blomberg Posted: April 21, 2021 at 09:29 PM (#6014844)
Thanks Walt, that was excellent.
   13. shoelesjoe Posted: April 21, 2021 at 09:43 PM (#6014846)
Is there a lazier form of journalism than a “fans react to...” piece?
   14. villageidiom Posted: April 21, 2021 at 09:52 PM (#6014850)
Is there a lazier form of journalism than a “fans react to...” piece?
"Today is the 20th anniversary of ____. Let's ask people what they remember."

EDIT: I was going to say "all sports columnists", but I'd argue that has very little to do with journalism.
   15. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 21, 2021 at 10:07 PM (#6014853)
Ken Jennings should obviously do it, so I hope they just circle back around to him.


He has the personality of a wet dish rage. You need an entertainer. The host doesn't need to know the answers; he has them written out.
   16. Brian C Posted: April 21, 2021 at 10:18 PM (#6014858)
He has the personality of a wet dish rage. You need an entertainer.

Didn't Alex Trebek host the show for decades?
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: April 21, 2021 at 10:25 PM (#6014862)
Didn't Alex Trebek host the show for decades?

Yes, and he was a professional broadcaster, and much more suave than Jennings.
   18. Brian C Posted: April 21, 2021 at 10:29 PM (#6014863)
But he wasn't an "entertainer" in the way that most people would think of the word, and he didn't exactly ooze personality. People liked him because he was low-key and unintrusive.

I have no opinion of Jennings as host, but those particular criticisms of him seem weird to me.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 21, 2021 at 10:36 PM (#6014864)
He has the personality of a wet dish rage. You need an entertainer.
I dunno, Gordon Ramsey has made a huge TV career out of wet dish rage.
   20. The Duke Posted: April 21, 2021 at 10:39 PM (#6014865)
It’s just a game-show. I’m sure they don’t need to vet someone secretly for a year. I think this reaction to Trebek is way over the top. Excellent host, worthy of the nice words, let’s find someone else and move on.
   21. SoSH U at work Posted: April 21, 2021 at 11:10 PM (#6014871)
But he wasn't an "entertainer" in the way that most people would think of the word, and he didn't exactly ooze personality. People liked him because he was low-key and unintrusive.


I didn't have the same up-close experience with Trebek as snapper did, but I did see him in another venue that I think demonstrated that he had some real skill at the task that probably isn't something everyone would have. For decades, he served as the host of the National Geographic Bee finals. My son qualified for the semifinals a couple of years in a row, so I got to watch Trebek work at the event. He actually spent two hours with the finalists on the day before the taping, to the point where by the time the show was filmed, he had managed to pull some personality out of a bunch of geography geeks, which was no easy task.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: April 21, 2021 at 11:21 PM (#6014874)
It’s just a game-show. I’m sure they don’t need to vet someone secretly for a year. I think this reaction to Trebek is way over the top. Excellent host, worthy of the nice words, let’s find someone else and move on.


My comment wasn't that they were vetting someone secretively for a year, my comment was that they were doing a real search for a long term replacement, that can do the job well, that can do the job affordable, and that won't #### it up or want to leave.


The goal is that whoever replaces Trebek will be in the role for another 20 years, you need an affordable option that isn't going to treat it as a stepping stone for something else or isn't going to #### it up enough that you have to replace it 3 years down the road... this type of thing is a 10-15 year commitment at the minimum... so you want the right option. Ken Jennings is not the right option... Levar Burton might be, Aaron Rodgers is not etc....Burton has shown commitment to long term roles, and it's partially why people are pushing for him... nobody else on the guest list has remotely shown or demonstrated that ability... again, this isn't a 3 year contract, this is a 15 year commitment.
   23. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: April 21, 2021 at 11:36 PM (#6014876)
My comment wasn't that they were vetting someone secretively for a year, my comment was that they were doing a real search for a long term replacement, that can do the job well, that can do the job affordable, and that won't #### it up or want to leave.


I'm not certain how much affordability matters—or what affordability is in this context—but I think the key here is spot-on, that the goal is the host for a generation. There are some shows that have built up an institutional legacy and they understandably think long term for a selection like this—Tonight Show, Price Is Right, BBC Attenborough documentaries, evening news anchors, GMA, and even shows one could easily say are lower brow, like Divorce Court.
   24. Walt Davis Posted: April 21, 2021 at 11:46 PM (#6014877)
I assume that Trebek was not very "affordable" by game show host standards. I'm pretty confident that the owners of Jeopardy are happy to pay very good money for somebody who can fill his shoes.

But I will agree that I don't think they are looking for a "name" or an "entertainer." For example you don't want a comedian who's trying to shoehorn in some "great" jokes -- you want the horrible corny stuff that Trebek wheeled out occasionally. Like the last thing you'd want to do is replace Vin Scully with Harry Caray. Trebek was to Jeopardy what Carson was to the Tonight Show and Cronkite was to the news.

demonstrated that he had some real skill

For some vague job-related reasons, I went to a market research conference in Australia. One session was a panel discussion on whatever topic was hot. One difference between your standard acadmic conference and one with actual money behind it is that they hired one of the Aussie news/panel hosts to moderate it. To say that it was the best moderated conference panel discussion I've ever seen by a mile would vastly undersell how much better she was than your standard human panel discussion leader. And I assume she really knew nothing about some "hot topic in market research" before she got the gig. (And I had no interest in the topic.)

he had managed to pull some personality out of a bunch of geography geeks

This was something that Carson did light years better than Letterman and anybody else I've seen on those sorts of shows. When Carson interviewed a non-entertainer, he was always the straight man.
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2021 at 12:11 AM (#6014880)
I'm pretty confident that the owners of Jeopardy are happy to pay very good money for somebody who can fill his shoes.


The show host for these things goes up as time goes on, the start is affordability, and then you hope (even as the payer) that the host is worthy of pay raises to keep them on. There is a bit of a backlash that a company is going to assume that for them to replace hosts every few years, that will affect the sustainability of the franchise. So the goal is to find someone who is affordable now, who will not use this as a future jumping board, meaning they are hoping that this will be a 20 year gig, and who both parties know that if this is the case, the person will rake in the cash in later years because both sides know it will look bad to give up on this person.

That is the equilibrium that fans of a show like this expect.
   26. The Duke Posted: April 22, 2021 at 12:27 AM (#6014881)
There’s no reason to pick someone for 20 years. Every two weeks is silly and it’s turned me off but five years would be fine. The Catholic Church picked John Paul II and really regretted it since he lasted forever. That’s why they went to the nursing home model so the show doesn’t get stale and too beholden to one person. The politboro did the same thing at the end. The tonight show will never let Fallon go as long as Carson and Leno. I’d bet you don’t get a long term host. Im guessing a much older person who has a 5-10 year runway. Someone like a Pierce Brosnan
   27. Howie Menckel Posted: April 22, 2021 at 12:55 AM (#6014882)
post 21 is interesting to me because I posted once before that a colleague of mine - Ivy Leaguer - was on the show about a dozen years ago (she finished 2nd). young and attractive - and because Alex had that "Rico Suave" vibe, I teased her about whether Alex tried to show any "game" with her during the breaks.

she laughed.

and added that he was as a cold a fish as imaginable. he didn't turn up until just before "showtime," and once the breaks came, he retreated to his corner. the only interaction beyond the actual game was the faux banter as the game ended, she said.

fwiw, she and I were supposed to be part of a team competing in a similar format against a rival company until a natural disaster intervened. it was to be 4 on 4 or 5 on 5, I think, like the older trivia shows. but she and I alone had a ton of categories covered just by rote with not too much overlap, so that could have been interesting.

re Post 24: I also have noted that nobody in person ever taught me more about interviewing - to this day - than Johnny Carson did. my parents even let me stay up to watch him as a kid on Friday nights during the school year and almost every night during the summer. talk about a graduate-level course being taught for free on TV. it was amazing.

the fact that he was almost a recluse in real life once he stopped drinking in mid-career also intrigued me. he had a close circle of friends that he would play poker with, and that was about it.

but when the stage lights came on for "The Tonight Show," he was all business.

   28. Walt Davis Posted: April 22, 2021 at 01:28 AM (#6014883)
No, the #1 concern of the producers of Jeopardy is that this massive cash cow remains a massive cash cow. Sure they'd love to find an affordable, younger host that viewers will love and lasts forever. They'd also love to give away less prize money and charge more for syndication. That's just "wouldn't it be nice if our profits went up." But the #1 thing, by far, is the syndication fee which is based on viewers. If they have to spend more money to secure a host that will maintain the show's popularity, they won't think about it for more than a second.

That said, it's hard to imagine such a person. Anybody who's currently genuinely nationally popular has other high-paying gigs and commitments. Anybody who used to be genuinely popular will have a ton in the bank and will likely see this as a step down. Many "popular" options will likely generate a significant chunk of negative reaction too initially ... and I assume the demographic skews elderly, so "edgy" "hip" "appeal to a younger audience" are probably out. As the chat here suggests, as high up the celebrity scale as you get is "likable, name recognition from a show where they weren't the star and hasn't worked regularly in the last 20 years" (Burton). So yeah, it will probably be some minor or unheard of name who they think has the right feel.

Surely Neil deGrasse Tyson gets a go as guest host.
   29. The Honorable Ardo Posted: April 22, 2021 at 04:58 AM (#6014887)
I liked Aaron Rodgers - much to my surprise - and wouldn't be shocked if he ends up walking away from the NFL to host full-time.

Brett Favre (literally) played until he was knocked out cold. Rodgers may prefer a less dangerous way out.
   30. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2021 at 08:28 AM (#6014895)
I liked Aaron Rodgers - much to my surprise - and wouldn't be shocked if he ends up walking away from the NFL to host full-time.


I would not be disappointed if that happened either.

No, the #1 concern of the producers of Jeopardy is that this massive cash cow remains a massive cash cow. Sure they'd love to find an affordable, younger host that viewers will love and lasts forever. They'd also love to give away less prize money and charge more for syndication. That's just "wouldn't it be nice if our profits went up." But the #1 thing, by far, is the syndication fee which is based on viewers. If they have to spend more money to secure a host that will maintain the show's popularity, they won't think about it for more than a second.


sure, but the long time viability of a host on these type of shows is an attractive selling point. Steve Harvey is great and all, but the Family Feud is not really as popular as it was live with Dawkins, and I honestly think part of that is the sheer number of hosts that they have had over the subsequent years. You sell the show on it's consistency, and these type of shows, consistency is the host, not the format.
   31. Brian C Posted: April 22, 2021 at 08:56 AM (#6014897)
and I assume the demographic skews elderly, so "edgy" "hip" "appeal to a younger audience" are probably out.

...unless the producers decide that the way to drive up syndication fees is to expand the audience into the "edgy, hip" crowd.

I assume that this guest host format, while being a genuine tribute to Trebek, is also a way to experiment with different things to see what kind of responses they get. I don't the producers are really sure what direction they want to go with a new host and I also somewhat doubt that they're thinking 20-30 years into the future with it.
   32. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: April 22, 2021 at 08:56 AM (#6014898)
post 21 is interesting to me because I posted once before that a colleague of mine - Ivy Leaguer - was on the show about a dozen years ago (she finished 2nd). young and attractive - and because Alex had that "Rico Suave" vibe, I teased her about whether Alex tried to show any "game" with her during the breaks.

she laughed.

and added that he was as a cold a fish as imaginable. he didn't turn up until just before "showtime," and once the breaks came, he retreated to his corner. the only interaction beyond the actual game was the faux banter as the game ended, she said.


I drove from Florida to Massachusetts back in February and spent a good chunk of it listening to Trebek's autobiography. He talked about trying to maintain a bit of distance to make those interactions on the game itself more legitimate rather than something manufactured and rehearsed.
   33. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 22, 2021 at 08:58 AM (#6014899)
he was as a cold a fish as imaginable. he didn't turn up until just before "showtime," and once the breaks came, he retreated to his corner. the only interaction beyond the actual game was the faux banter as the game ended, she said.

I am by no means a Jeopardy-phile. My knowledge of the behind-the-scenes machinations are confined to the threads that pop up here from time to time, but ISTR Trebek's behavior as described above was to remain above reproach for any suggestion he might be showing any kind of favoritism for or against any of the contestants. EDIT: Or what Jose said.
   34. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2021 at 09:44 AM (#6014903)

I assume that this guest host format, while being a genuine tribute to Trebek, is also a way to experiment with different things to see what kind of responses they get


It has also generated a lot of pub, which I think was actually one of the big motivating factors of doing this rotating host thing.
   35. AuntBea odeurs de parfum de distance sociale Posted: April 22, 2021 at 09:47 AM (#6014904)
Price Is Right... and even shows one could easily say are lower brow...
This earned a chuckle.
   36. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: April 22, 2021 at 10:54 AM (#6014908)
In terms of trying to find the right person, somebody who can do this for a generation, I wonder what the target audience is? My Mom didn't give a #### about the questions - she thought Alex Trebek was about the smoothest, best-looking guy on TV. In this era of streaming programming, I would imagine that it is tougher to get a consistent syndicated audience for Jeopardy going forward? Will they try to find a way to get younger viewers engaged? Does the "eye candy" factor matter much, or at all? (My older daughter, who is a high school senior, sat down and watched a little bit of Jeopardy with me - I heard Rodgers was on, and was curious. She was like, "Damn, that guy is pretty hot," and watched the rest of the show.) There also aren't a lot of women getting a shot at guest-hosting, which surprises me. It's guest hosting, so try everything out! Would Oprah do a week of show? What about Serena Williams? I think Norah O'Donnell would probably be very good at this, as well.

Last thing: I was a die-hard The Price Is Right guy from childhood, and loved Bob Barker. During the pandemic, I've had chances to watch it again, and I have to say: Drew Carey is awful. Also, who replaces Pat and Vanna on Wheel of Fortune when the time comes (which should be pretty soon, right?) They could flip the script and have a woman as the host, and a man as the letter-flipper...
   37. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 22, 2021 at 10:54 AM (#6014909)

I thought Aaron Rodgers was adequate, but he's almost too chill to be a game show host. Maybe it would work with Jeopardy because the show's format has its own inherent momentum and drama, but I don't know...he was kind of putting me to sleep.
   38. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 22, 2021 at 10:58 AM (#6014910)
In this era of streaming programming, I would imagine that it is tougher to get a consistent syndicated audience for Jeopardy going forward? Will they try to find a way to get younger viewers engaged? Does the "eye candy" factor matter much, or at all?

I never really watched Jeopardy in syndication, but they put a few seasons on Netflix which my wife and I watched. Without commercials it's very binge-able. They could reach the younger audience that way, perhaps.
   39. The Duke Posted: April 22, 2021 at 11:02 AM (#6014912)
Neil Degrasse Tyson has a me-too strike. He won’t be hosting jeopardy in this lifetime
   40. Howie Menckel Posted: April 22, 2021 at 11:02 AM (#6014913)
Surely Neil deGrasse Tyson gets a go as guest host.

isn't there a #metoo issue there? that can be fatal, fair or not (I have no idea).

EDIT: c'mon, I have to buy someone a Coke for TWO SECONDS of delay!
   41. Dr. Pooks Posted: April 22, 2021 at 11:33 AM (#6014917)
I posted once before that a colleague of mine - Ivy Leaguer - was on the show about a dozen years ago (she finished 2nd). young and attractive - and because Alex had that "Rico Suave" vibe, I teased her about whether Alex tried to show any "game" with her during the breaks.

she laughed.

and added that he was as a cold a fish as imaginable. he didn't turn up until just before "showtime," and once the breaks came, he retreated to his corner. the only interaction beyond the actual game was the faux banter as the game ended, she said.


Men/celebrities just can't win.

A gameshow host likely 3 times your colleague's age at the time doesn't chat up a contestant because she was "young and attractive" during breaks, and hence gets labeled as a "cold fish".
   42. CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: April 22, 2021 at 11:39 AM (#6014920)
I like Joe Buck in just about everything I've seen him in that isn't a live sports broadcast.
   43. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: April 22, 2021 at 11:43 AM (#6014921)
That said, it's hard to imagine such a person. Anybody who's currently genuinely nationally popular has other high-paying gigs and commitments. Anybody who used to be genuinely popular will have a ton in the bank and will likely see this as a step down.


I had assumed that anyone with a real career in entertainment (who wasn't already invested in game shows) would never in a million years take a game show gig. They seem, to me, like such an obvious step down from acting. But then Drew Carey took the Price is Right gig. Which isn't just a game show, it's day time TV. So maybe I was (and Walt is) wrong about this.
   44. John M. Perkins Posted: April 22, 2021 at 12:04 PM (#6014926)
From the Aaron Rodgers interview at The Ringer:
Two weeks of airtime is two days of shooting.
Jeopardy only shoots 46 days a year.
Those 46 days are during the 180 days Rodgers doesn't play football. Rodgers wants the full-time gig.

That said, I go back to the Art Fleming days.
Neither Fleming nor Trebeck made the show interesting.
The game draws the audience; moderately challenging; slow enough that the family can watch while multitasking.
I'm for perpetual guest hosts.
   45. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 22, 2021 at 12:04 PM (#6014927)
A number of real actors have been doing game shows lately. Elizabeth Banks, Alec Baldwin, to name a couple. It is pretty easy money — I think they film an entire week’s worth of episodes (or more) in a day, so it doesn’t necessarily conflict with other projects. Actors used to fear that doing game shows would damage their brand but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
   46. The Duke Posted: April 22, 2021 at 12:35 PM (#6014935)
Damage their brand? Vacuous, fake smiles, egomaniacs? Game show host is perfect for their brand. They should all be game show hosts.
   47. Jay Seaver Posted: April 22, 2021 at 01:17 PM (#6014940)
isn't there a #metoo issue there? that can be fatal, fair or not (I have no idea).


Jennings managed to do a pretty good of embarrassing himself right around the time his run started, too, although his was more second-hand.

The game draws the audience; moderately challenging; slow enough that the family can watch while multitasking.
I'm for perpetual guest hosts.


I can see why Sony wouldn't want to change something that's a daily fixture up every couple of weeks; who knows what sort of slight change might get someone to drop out and not come back? The sheer steadiness of it is part of the appeal.

Actors used to fear that doing game shows would damage their brand but that doesn’t seem to be the case.


Heck, movie actors just didn't do TV at all.
   48. The Mighty Quintana Posted: April 22, 2021 at 01:32 PM (#6014942)
I feel I must mention the fact that game show host legend Bert Convy played two seasons in the Phillies minor league organization and hit .225 as a first baseman in 1952.
   49. Howie Menckel Posted: April 22, 2021 at 01:49 PM (#6014948)
Men/celebrities just can't win.

A gameshow host likely 3 times your colleague's age at the time doesn't chat up a contestant because she was "young and attractive" during breaks, and hence gets labeled as a "cold fish".

he didn't say a word to, or acknowledge the existence of, the two male players, either - so not sure what your point is.

that said, I can go with the sentiment here that he could have just preferred to not engage at all, as a form of professionalism. but I imagine a lot of the contestants are not expecting such a lack of engagement, and draw other conclusions from that. I would think there is a happy medium available there.
   50. Karl from NY Posted: April 22, 2021 at 02:43 PM (#6014957)
I saw an interview with Jennings several years ago where he said he wouldn't want the job. He would either have to uproot his family from Seattle to LA or commute weekly, and he doesn't want to do either of those. I don't know if he's changed his mind at all since.

Of the upcoming hosts, I think Mayim Bialik is a quite likely sleeper choice for the permanent job. She's got both the intellectual and showmanship cred, is young enough to do it for the next 20-30 years, and doesn't seem to have any other career commitments (and probably wouldn't demand a huge salary.) Trebek often said he wanted his replacement to be a woman, and Bialik might fit perfectly.
   51. Phil Plantier's Famous Toilet Seat Stance Posted: April 22, 2021 at 04:49 PM (#6014968)
I've watched nightly since I was kid (I just turned 40 for reference) and we have the DVR set just in case we can't get to the TV at 7:30 local time. Trebek's passing was odd to me - I don't "feel" celebrity deaths, but his hit me hard. I guess a half hour every night for around twenty years will do that.

Anyways, the weeks of guest hosting has been...interesting. After every two-week period my wife and I talk about it and, to me, the only one I've found up to par has been Mike Richards who I thought did a wonderful job. As with pretty much all of the guest hosts you can really see them grown into their comfort level through the first three or four episodes. Although I'm certain he won't be, I think he'd make a fantastic permanent replacement. Many people seem to think it's a foregone conclusion that Jennings will take over. Many more people seem to enjoy him. I don't. My wife and I disagree on this (she loves him), but there's a smarminess that comes through with him that just rubs me the wrong way, if Jennings were to become the permanent host I honestly don't know if Jeopardy would remain a mainstay on my DVR. I thought Rodgers did a nice job, though I'll admit he did put me to sleep at first. I wish there were more women guests (and I know more are coming), I thought Couric was terrible but I feel bad expressing that opinion as I don't want it to be taken as sexist.

I hope this period of guest hosting isn't a de facto set of auditions. I know he did other things, but to me Trebek was Jeopardy and Jeopardy was Trebek. Aaron Rodgers will always be a football player first, Jeopardy host second. Levar Burton will always be Reading Rainbow first, Jeopardy host second. I want a replacement that doesn't replace Trebek, but still is identifiable with the game show...This might be part of the reason I was drawn to the two weeks where Richards hosted.

I know nothing of Buzzy Cohen outside of his appearances as a contestant, but I am very much looking forward to the ToC. From what I remember Buzzy has the combination of personality and gravitas that could suit him to the role and I'm eager to see how he does.
   52. phredbird Posted: April 22, 2021 at 04:58 PM (#6014969)

i'm intrigued by how much speculation is surrounding rodgers. he really is photogenic, and handled the demands of the job well, albeit a little on the mellow side.

which makes me circle back to an offhand remark i made about another big handsome guy, namely jon hamm.

his acting career really has not translated into megastardom after his big splash in 'mad men'. partly because of alchoholism — which i don't know how much he has under control, partly because of a lot of bad choices ('Tag'? ugh).

unless he's got some new breakthrough in the pipeline, i think he'd be a good fit. he's just not a big deal on screen anymore, but his voice is great, he still does the mercedes commercials.

i don't know, maybe his management still thinks he's got some upside left, but it sure doesn't look like it these days.
   53. phredbird Posted: April 22, 2021 at 05:06 PM (#6014970)

51, i have a friend who was high on richards. he said he heard somewhere that richards is actively lobbying for the job, like rogers.

   54. Dr. Pooks Posted: April 22, 2021 at 05:19 PM (#6014972)
he didn't say a word to, or acknowledge the existence of, the two male players, either - so not sure whatyour point is.


I understand that your anecdote is likely in good fun and in jest with a co-worker.

My "point" is that your anecdote sets up a Catch-22 for judging celebrities.

The descriptors you chose for your female colleague were "Ivy Leaguer" and "young and attractive". The descriptor you chose for Alex Trebek was "having that Rico Suave vibe".

Your setup and question implies that your colleague was owed some of Alex Trebek's attention off-camera based on her appearance.

When Trebek is all business and punches the clock, he's labeled negatively as a "cold fish"

If he does give your colleague extra attention offscreen due to her appearance and the interaction is unwanted or ends negatively, he's labeled a "creep"
   55. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 22, 2021 at 05:31 PM (#6014973)
I think Mayim Bialik is a quite likely sleeper choice for the permanent job. She's got both the intellectual and showmanship cred, is young enough to do it for the next 20-30 years, and doesn't seem to have any other career commitments (and probably wouldn't demand a huge salary.)
Has Call Me Kat already been cancelled?
   56. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 22, 2021 at 05:41 PM (#6014974)
Levar Burton will always be Reading Rainbow Geordi La Forge first
   57. Howie Menckel Posted: April 22, 2021 at 05:49 PM (#6014977)
I understand that your anecdote is likely in good fun and in jest with a co-worker.

not sure that you do, based on the subsequent six sentences.
   58. Karl from NY Posted: April 22, 2021 at 05:57 PM (#6014980)
Has Call Me Kat already been cancelled?

Oh, I hadn't heard of that. Well, the average lifespan of a Fox sitcom is what, about 1.6 seasons anyway?
   59. Karl from NY Posted: April 22, 2021 at 06:03 PM (#6014982)
there's a smarminess that comes through with him that just rubs me the wrong way, if Jennings were to become the permanent host I honestly don't know if Jeopardy would remain a mainstay on my DVR.

I'll agree with this, in a way. It's not Jennings' fault at all, but there's always this undercurrent that when you're watching an episode with him, you know the greatest talent on stage is behind the lectern and not the scoreboards. Jennings will always focus on the contestants rather than himself, but you always know he's having to be modest, and I think that smarminess is his way of deflecting to do that. He was a great choice for the initial shock of transitioning from Trebek, but long-term his presence will always take a small bit of air away from the contestants.
   60. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: April 22, 2021 at 09:19 PM (#6015009)
Levar Burton will always be Reading Rainbow first

His name is Toby.
   61. "bothsidesism" word 57i66135 Posted: April 22, 2021 at 09:31 PM (#6015011)
i'm never going to watch jeopardy, and so what i want should have literally zero bearing, but i'm team burton.


or team scott steiner; the guy's a mathemagician. after all, he came from a highly educated university.
   62. Walt Davis Posted: April 22, 2021 at 09:52 PM (#6015015)
I didn't know that about Tyson, agree that rules him out.
   63. geonose Posted: April 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM (#6015037)
Mike Richards has hosted game shows before, so he has some experience. He's also pretty darn good at it, and has way more personality than a show like Jeopardy gives the host an opportunity to show. He'd be my pick so far.

None of the others so far have been up to snuff, although I haven't seen Anderson Cooper's stint yet. I'll catch up this weekend and see how he's doing. And I'm interested in seeing some of the others as they come up.
   64. Lassus Posted: April 23, 2021 at 08:02 AM (#6015041)
51, i have a friend who was high on richards. he said he heard somewhere that richards is actively lobbying for the job, like rogers.

I also support Keith Richards as host for Jeopardy.
   65. JJ1986 Posted: April 23, 2021 at 10:08 AM (#6015050)
I'm going to guess it's not Kramer who is being considered to host Jeopardy.
   66. SoSH U at work Posted: April 23, 2021 at 10:27 AM (#6015051)

I'm going to guess it's not Kramer who is being considered to host Jeopardy.


That could be problematic if it's filmed before a live studio audience.
   67. greenback used to say live and let live Posted: April 23, 2021 at 11:24 AM (#6015058)
Trebek was Jeopardy and Jeopardy was Trebek.

Trebek's cameo in X-Files was one of the funniest things I've seen on TV.

Also, some people here are much younger than I am, if Levar Burton isn't remembered for Roots.
   68. Jay Seaver Posted: April 23, 2021 at 11:35 AM (#6015060)
67 -

Part of the reason why I'd enjoy seeing Burton get the Jeopardy! gig is so that four different generations can remember him for different things. He may not have a huge pop-cultural footprint beyond those things, but they're each huge in their ways.
   69. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 23, 2021 at 11:49 AM (#6015063)
If only Joe Buck would become the permanent host of Jeopardy and leave baseball alone.
   70. Baldrick Posted: April 23, 2021 at 01:23 PM (#6015069)
Really surprised that people liked Richards and Rodgers. Richards seemed perfectly nice but to have as much personality as a sheet of cardboard. And Rodgers felt really awkward. Different strokes, I guess.

Does seem like we all agree that Couric was pretty bad. Which makes me sad. Seems like she could have been a lot of fun, but it just really didn't work.
   71. The Duke Posted: April 23, 2021 at 01:32 PM (#6015072)
My wife cooks while we watch so she’s only half paying attention. She immediately liked Ken, within one show she was sold. She hated Richards immediately. Cardboard and boring. None of the rest have made much of an impression on her. Ken is the only one I have liked, but I bet Joe Buck will be good.
   72. Swoboda is freedom Posted: April 23, 2021 at 04:18 PM (#6015093)
I have talked to several people who have been on Jeoparday. Trebek did not interact with the contestants during the breaks. I think he did not want to show favoritism and the keep it fresh when the cameras were rolling.

I did not like Rodgers that much. Jennings was not so great. Curic was the worst. Dr. Oz was ok, Anderson Cooper is ok. I think Buck will do fine. I think the best host so far has been the producer.

From the Aaron Rodgers interview at The Ringer:
Two weeks of airtime is two days of shooting.
Jeopardy only shoots 46 days a year.
Those 46 days are during the 180 days Rodgers doesn't play football. Rodgers wants the full-time gig.
But they have to space out the shooting so they have content. It takes a while to create the quiz questions and they want to have them a little fresh.
   73. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: April 23, 2021 at 11:43 PM (#6015170)
I was under the impression Jennings was DOA after some of his old tweets were unearthed? Have we moved on from that?

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