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Title: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: chargeradiocom on March 10, 2020, 01:39:55 PM
Hadnít seen a post about it here, but this story is making the media rounds today:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/10/coronavirus-alex-trebek-jeopardy/
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: JMFabiano on March 10, 2020, 04:39:26 PM
Smart considering what both hosts have been through.  Plus it'll be easier to mask than, say, Price is Right.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Kevin Prather on March 10, 2020, 05:07:46 PM
Obviously Alex is immunocompromised, but also don't forget that Johnny Gilbert is 95.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: DjohnsonCB on March 11, 2020, 03:20:33 AM
Smart considering what both hosts have been through.  Plus it'll be easier to mask than, say, Price is Right.

Jimmy Kimmel showed a clip of what TPIR would be like without an audience on Tuesday night's show.  Awaiting post here or find it elsewhere.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: CeleTheRef on March 11, 2020, 12:04:38 PM
Here in Italy a recent "anti-virus" decree banned (among other things) all gatherings of people and enforces a 1-metre minimum safety space. 
All entertainment shows are now audience-free and gameshows are expected to follow suit when they run out of episodes taped before the decree.

This is Identity, the first to go "closed doors":
https://imgur.com/gaECkmC

The contestant is using a "Close Encounter" help. Previously it was allowed even to touch the Stranger, but now this is how close the encounter can be.
https://imgur.com/vvXDtcs

In our version the value of each Identity is hidden in a passport. Normally the host walks over to the Stranger to collect the passport and reveal the value, now the Strangers do the reveal themselves.
https://imgur.com/ir0U1PZ

Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: chargeradiocom on March 12, 2020, 05:55:55 PM
Wow, thanks for checking in from Italy. Prayers for youóstay safe & well!
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: jjman920 on March 12, 2020, 07:22:04 PM
Initially, TPIR was going to thermally scan folks and bar those who've traveled to Level 3 countries from entering TVC going forward starting next week. Now with California's large gathering ban (of 250+ people), they have cancelled tapings for the next two weeks.

Conversely, Millionaire looks like it's going audience free now for the Kimmel run, saying that they're going to "suspend live audiences."
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: MSTieScott on March 12, 2020, 09:47:46 PM
Conversely, Millionaire looks like it's going audience free now for the Kimmel run, saying that they're going to "suspend live audiences."

"I'd like to Ask the Audience."

(music plays for 20 seconds)

"It's a four-way tie."
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: BrandonFG on March 12, 2020, 11:16:47 PM
Conversely, Millionaire looks like it's going audience free now for the Kimmel run, saying that they're going to "suspend live audiences."
It's kinda odd (even under the circumstances) to see the game show that made audiences on-camera a thing.......go without an audience.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: CeleTheRef on March 13, 2020, 12:57:25 PM
Wow, thanks for checking in from Italy. Prayers for youóstay safe & well!

Thanks for your kind words :) 

update: Identity is canceled. The last episode is airing tonight.

Television schedules are changing by the day. Some entertainment shows were outright canceled, others are cutting their season short, a few are still somehow running regularly:  Celebrity Big Brother is a notable example. This is what the set looks like now. https://imgur.com/7h9AYqh
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: TimK2003 on March 13, 2020, 01:56:17 PM
What ABC Fun and Games have already taped their episodes for this upcoming season? -- We know PYL is already complete, and IIRC, Pyramid was scheduled for April, IIRC.

Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: calliaume on March 13, 2020, 03:08:14 PM
Conversely, Millionaire looks like it's going audience free now for the Kimmel run, saying that they're going to "suspend live audiences."
It's kinda odd (even under the circumstances) that the game show that made audiences on-camera a thing.......go without an audience.
Having been in the audience once (during the first few weeks of taping), there's really no need for them to be there. Other than applauding during the appropriate times, we had to keep our mouths completely shut for obvious reasons, plus the stopdowns threw things off. And I was sitting right next to the monitor from which Regis read the Fastest Finger question--it occurred to me that he was irritable enough (first new format for him in over ten years), so looking directly at him while he was reading it might have annoyed him.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Mr. Mattť on March 13, 2020, 03:53:50 PM
Conversely, Millionaire looks like it's going audience free now for the Kimmel run, saying that they're going to "suspend live audiences."
It's kinda odd (even under the circumstances) that the game show that made audiences on-camera a thing.......go without an audience.
Having been in the audience once (during the first few weeks of taping), there's really no need for them to be there. Other than applauding during the appropriate times, we had to keep our mouths completely shut for obvious reasons, plus the stopdowns threw things off.

"I wasn't giving Charles Ingram the answers, I just have coronavirus!"
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: jjman920 on March 13, 2020, 07:09:19 PM
What ABC Fun and Games have already taped their episodes for this upcoming season? -- We know PYL is already complete, and IIRC, Pyramid was scheduled for April, IIRC.
TTTT taped in November, PYL taped in January, CFF taped in February. Card Sharks was to tape this month, Pyramid tickets have been out for next month. No idea if those tapings will go on as scheduled. No clue on how many Match Game episodes are held over from the previous season or when more will be taping.

Having been in the audience once (during the first few weeks of taping), there's really no need for them to be there. Other than applauding during the appropriate times, we had to keep our mouths completely shut for obvious reasons, plus the stopdowns threw things off. And I was sitting right next to the monitor from which Regis read the Fastest Finger question--it occurred to me that he was irritable enough (first new format for him in over ten years), so looking directly at him while he was reading it might have annoyed him.
I feel like part of it is that the audience being there adds a layer of drama, both for the at home audience and the contestant in studio, as the anxiety builds to whether the person in the hot seat would give the correct answer.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Kevin Prather on March 14, 2020, 12:32:58 AM
As confirmed on Ana Marie Johnson's instagram, the Ask the Audience lifeline will be replaced with Ask the Host.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: brianhenke on March 16, 2020, 08:14:00 PM
WOF and J! just announced they are suspending production.

Brian
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: TimK2003 on March 16, 2020, 11:17:58 PM
Harvey Feud has also stopped production.  Not much of a great loss there...Hell, at this point, they can go YEARS without new episodes and no one would know the difference.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: BrandonFG on March 16, 2020, 11:43:07 PM
Harvey Feud has also stopped production.  Not much of a great loss there...Hell, at this point, they can go YEARS without new episodes and no one would know the difference.
I hear you, and to us, it's no biggie for the reason you mentioned, but it has to suck for the crew who does this as freelance. As a freelancer, I'd be lying if I said I'm not a little nervous right now.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: clemon79 on March 17, 2020, 01:09:30 PM
I hear you, and to us, it's no biggie for the reason you mentioned, but it has to suck for the crew who does this as freelance. As a freelancer, I'd be lying if I said I'm not a little nervous right now.

As an American, I'd be lying if I said I'm not a little nervous right now.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Kevin Prather on March 17, 2020, 02:49:48 PM
As a freelancer, I'd be lying if I said I'm not a little nervous right now.

As an American, I'd be lying if I said I'm not a little nervous right now.

Just applied for unemployment yesterday. Hope the shutdown only lasts two weeks like they said.
Title: Re: Wheel & Jeopardy taping without studio audiences due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: BrandonFG on March 17, 2020, 02:54:49 PM
I hear you, and to us, it's no biggie for the reason you mentioned, but it has to suck for the crew who does this as freelance. As a freelancer, I'd be lying if I said I'm not a little nervous right now.

As an American, I'd be lying if I said I'm not a little nervous right now.
Oh Iíve been nervous since November 9, 2016. :P
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: chargeradiocom on March 21, 2020, 01:48:13 PM
A couple days late on this, but hereís a list of shows & how their production schedules are being affected (or not) by the coronavirus. Itís supposed to be updated as they learn more:

http://buzzerblog.com/2020/03/17/upcoming-game-show-schedules-impacted-by-coronavirus/

Also, I updated the thread title to more accurately reflect the current situation.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Neumms on March 24, 2020, 07:49:04 PM
They really need to reboot the one game built for contagious diseases, Hollywood Squares.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Unrealtor on March 24, 2020, 11:44:00 PM
Jeopardy has announced that the 18-month clock on contestants' eligibility after an in-person audition is essentially frozen for as long as production is stopped (they worded it as extended by an amount equal to the length of the stoppage.) Not surprising, really.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: chad1m on April 21, 2020, 01:04:39 PM
To help with providing content because of the early production shutdown, starting May 4th, Jeopardy! (https://www.jeopardy.com/jbuzz/news-events/icymi-jeopardy-greatest-all-time-encore) will repeat the Greatest of All Time matches in eight half-hour chunks, which will be bookended by rebroadcasts of Ken Jennings' first and last games from his 2004 winning streak.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: colonial on April 23, 2020, 11:31:22 AM
Participants on Sony's J! message board are saying that the show appears to have launched "virtual in-person" auditions via Zoom this week, with auditions taking place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Unsure if this is the first such week of virtual auditioning.



JD
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: wxfrcaster on April 24, 2020, 02:35:43 PM
I work at a station that airs Wheel and Jeopardy!  We took a call today from a furious viewer who wanted Sony's phone number because the players on Wheel were not practicing social distancing.  ::)
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: aaron sica on April 24, 2020, 03:38:56 PM
I work at a station that airs Wheel and Jeopardy!  We took a call today from a furious viewer who wanted Sony's phone number because the players on Wheel were not practicing social distancing.  ::)

Did you put her on hold for a few minutes, then come back and tell her that you talked to Sony and in a few minutes, they'll stand farther apart just for her? :P
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Jeremy Nelson on May 18, 2020, 09:48:31 AM
As said previously, what a time for Mike Richards to take over Wheel and Jeopardy. Obviously production can't resume right now, but how does this affect retirement timelines for Pat/Vanna/Alex? If I remember correctly, they're all signed through 2021/22. With both male hosts having recent health issues, does this hasten any of those timelines? Considering that Alex has always wanted a low-key retirement announcement, it wouldn't totally surprise me if he did it during this shutdown.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Kevin Prather on May 18, 2020, 01:32:59 PM
With Harry leaving and Mike coming in, I wonder which would lead to more wild speculation: the hosts retiring right before Mike arrives, or them retiring after a year with Mike.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Loogaroo on May 21, 2020, 04:50:47 PM
California governor Gavin Newsom has announced that some parts of the state can resume television and film production as early as next week, as part of the plan to reopen the state.

Sadly, this does not apply to LA County, where pretty much all game show production is currently taking place.'

Source: https://deadline.com/2020/05/governor-gavin-newsom-says-production-could-restart-next-week-guidelines-released-monday-1202939927/
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: weaklink75 on June 05, 2020, 02:12:18 PM
J! is going to run out of original episodes on June 12th (so one more week after the Teachers Tournament ends tonight), and no word on when they'll restart production- WOF is going to sprinkle in their remaining new episodes with reruns over the summer.

https://tvline.com/2020/06/05/jeopardy-reruns-start-date-last-new-original-episode-coronavirus/

(Based on the Vanna interview that was posted elsewhere, I'd think Wheel is closer to restarting than J! is)
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: byrd62 on June 05, 2020, 07:18:55 PM
Would sterile isolation booth-like covers in front of each contestant work for the likes of J!, Wheel or Price?
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Brig Bother on June 06, 2020, 08:52:05 AM
French TV is already doing shows with plastic dividers between contestants, surely it would be pretty easy to just put up the Final Jeopardy panels all show?
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: cmjb13 on June 06, 2020, 09:25:41 AM
I obviously can’t speak for everyone, but I doubt anyone at home is going to want to watch contestants play a game wearing masks or standing 6 feet apart.

I’d bet these shows would likely do heavy testing with temperature checks and whatever other protocols they will follow before they go the mask and distance route. But maybe there’s just too much money involved and they will wear masks. Who knows?

I’m also getting kind of tired about hearing that a vaccine will be the be all end all. Who knows what will be in that vaccine that may cause side effects 10-20 years down the line?
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: isucgv on June 06, 2020, 09:33:59 AM
French TV is already doing shows with plastic dividers between contestants, surely it would be pretty easy to just put up the Final Jeopardy panels all show?
I donít think the Final Jeopardy panels extend above a personís face, and they also arenít physically between the peopleís bodies - they just block the view of the writing area.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Brig Bother on June 06, 2020, 12:09:01 PM
There are fairly cheap workarounds for that, I suspect.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Fedya on June 06, 2020, 01:02:01 PM
It's all the latter-day equivalent of TSA security theater anyway.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Jeremy Nelson on June 08, 2020, 12:59:18 PM
Read an interview with Vanna  that says that Wheel is renovating the contestant area to account for social distancing. I would guess itís got to include glass dividers, right? Cause if they donít build a bigger wheel to increase the amount of space on the contestant rail, six feet would put Pat almost directly across from the blue player.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Kevin Prather on June 08, 2020, 02:48:02 PM
Read an interview with Vanna  that says that Wheel is renovating the contestant area to account for social distancing. I would guess itís got to include glass dividers, right? Cause if they donít build a bigger wheel to increase the amount of space on the contestant rail, six feet would put Pat almost directly across from the blue player.

Having the contestants stand at 90į intervals around the wheel is certainly possible. Pat doesn't have to stand at the wheel.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: jjman920 on June 08, 2020, 03:30:27 PM
Wheel of Fortune in Greece has recently started back up production with the contestants at individual podiums away from the wheel with the plan being that each player steps up to spin the wheel when it's their turn and stay there as long as it's their turn. Seems like the simplest fix for every version of Wheel and honestly, individual podiums would probably work best for Jeopardy too.

https://twitter.com/StarChannelGr/status/1268158160541548544 (https://twitter.com/StarChannelGr/status/1268158160541548544)
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: calliaume on June 08, 2020, 03:50:44 PM
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced guidelines for resumption of television and film production in the state. Note these do not affect Los Angeles County, which was hardest hit by COVID-19.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-06-05/gavin-newsom-hollywood-production (https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-06-05/gavin-newsom-hollywood-production)
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: MSTieScott on June 08, 2020, 10:47:30 PM
Wheel of Fortune in Greece has recently started back up production with the contestants at individual podiums away from the wheel with the plan being that each player steps up to spin the wheel when it's their turn and stay there as long as it's their turn.

Not pictured: the other two contestants constantly applying hand sanitizer because they're all grasping the same pegs.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Kevin Prather on June 08, 2020, 11:02:47 PM
Not pictured: the other two contestants constantly applying hand sanitizer because they're all grasping the same pegs.

An easy (maybe tongue-in-cheek, maybe not) solution: Paint the pegs alternating red, yellow, and blue, and tell the players they have to grab their own pegs.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: BrandonFG on June 08, 2020, 11:17:36 PM
Wheel of Fortune in Greece has recently started back up production with the contestants at individual podiums away from the wheel with the plan being that each player steps up to spin the wheel when it's their turn and stay there as long as it's their turn.

Not pictured: the other two contestants constantly applying hand sanitizer because they're all grasping the same pegs.
I know you jest, but the peg situation immediately crossed my mind too.

/They could always bring back the motorized wheel
//I keed
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: calliaume on June 09, 2020, 12:15:59 PM
Not pictured: the other two contestants constantly applying hand sanitizer because they're all grasping the same pegs.

An easy (maybe tongue-in-cheek, maybe not) solution: Paint the pegs alternating red, yellow, and blue, and tell the players they have to grab their own pegs.
Wouldn't it be simplest to have players wear gloves?
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Kevin Prather on June 09, 2020, 01:18:41 PM
Not pictured: the other two contestants constantly applying hand sanitizer because they're all grasping the same pegs.

An easy (maybe tongue-in-cheek, maybe not) solution: Paint the pegs alternating red, yellow, and blue, and tell the players they have to grab their own pegs.
Wouldn't it be simplest to have players wear gloves?

I suppose you could have Gucci sponsor some designer gloves.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: weaklink75 on June 10, 2020, 04:43:27 PM
LA got the green light to restart TV and film production as of Friday, so I'd imagine there will be some info on possible Wheel or J! tapings in the next few weeks...

https://deadline.com/2020/06/los-angeles-county-coronavirus-film-tv-restart-jume-12-friday-1202955836/
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: jjman920 on June 10, 2020, 07:38:00 PM
There are already rumblings that people have been getting online auditions for Wheel with the emphasis on having contestants within driving distance of the studio. Should be a really fun upcoming season with everyone being from southern California.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Unrealtor on July 28, 2020, 11:43:32 PM
Deadline says Jeopardy! is taping new episodes this week and Wheel resumes next week

https://deadline.com/2020/07/wheel-of-fortune-jeopardy-head-back-to-studio-1202997931/
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: WhammyPower on July 29, 2020, 10:11:11 PM
https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/game-show-host-meredith-vieira-shares-memories-of-regis-philbin

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As far as the production goes for Vieira's new show, "25 Words or Less," Vieira says crews are building a studio in her basement. She will be broadcasting from New York, and the celebrities and contestants will go into the studio in Los Angeles, but each will have a separate pod so that there's no contact among each other.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: Scrabbleship on July 29, 2020, 10:21:16 PM
https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/game-show-host-meredith-vieira-shares-memories-of-regis-philbin

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As far as the production goes for Vieira's new show, "25 Words or Less," Vieira says crews are building a studio in her basement. She will be broadcasting from New York, and the celebrities and contestants will go into the studio in Los Angeles, but each will have a separate pod so that there's no contact among each other.

I'm surprised they aren't moving production wholly to NYC or Stamford; Meredith is in Westchester so it would be six of one, half dozen of another.
Title: Re: Wheel, Jeopardy & others suspend production due to coronavirus concerns
Post by: weaklink75 on August 07, 2020, 02:29:53 PM
$100K Pyramid is taping last week of August..

https://deadline.com/2020/08/the-100000-pyramid-back-to-studio-abc-1203006568/