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Title: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: weaklink75 on January 06, 2021, 02:23:53 PM
I figured since they'll be quite a few guest hosts before the pernament one is named, one thread for all the news about them would make things easier.

After Ken Jennings, Katie Couric will host for a week:

https://tvline.com/2021/01/06/jeopardy-katie-couric-host-alex-trebek-death/
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Ian Wallis on January 12, 2021, 10:09:33 AM
Any comments on Ken's first hosting day?

I thought he did a pretty good job.  I've read other comments that people felt he may have been rushing a bit.  It didn't really detract from the game or anything.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: tyshaun1 on January 12, 2021, 10:54:57 AM
I thought Ken was pretty good, considering the weight on his shoulders of it being his first day. He read the clues clearly and succinctly and added a tiny bit of personality to carry the show through. He doesn't have the presence of a host yet, but we'll see if that develops.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Strikerz04 on January 12, 2021, 11:28:41 AM
He looked relaxed enough, despite the weight of the first day. He kept the lectern warm.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: BrandonFG on January 12, 2021, 12:08:20 PM
I was very impressed. He was pretty animated, but I had to remember Alex was the same way the first season. I could see him taking the reins.

/Just gotta watch what he tweets
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Stackertosh on January 12, 2021, 01:27:40 PM
I thought he did a good job hosting.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: MSTieScott on January 12, 2021, 01:39:36 PM
In the context of "guest host," Ken Jennings was a wise choice as the first post-Trebek emcee. A familiar Jeopardy! face to ease the transition.

In the context of "host audition," I thought he handled himself very well. Of course everyone will notice the ways in which he's different than Alex, but the new host can't be an Alex clone. Ken's greenness sometimes showed through, but that's to be expected. The episode still felt very much like an episode of Jeopardy!, which in my opinion, means he succeeded.

At first, I wondered whether the contestant coordinators strongly recommended to the contestants that they take the clues in order to help the new guy out. But then Tanay started jumping around the board, so apparently not. Jeopardy! can cover its edits more easily than most shows, so it's difficult to tell whether there were any glaring pauses or mistakes that had to be covered. (Two unrelated questions about Ireland in Double Jeopardy! felt unusual, but maybe that was just an oversight in stacking.)
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: BrandonFG on January 12, 2021, 01:52:45 PM
Apparently, Aaron Rodgers is getting a shot at guest hosting. Yes, that Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/PatMcAfeeShow/status/1349056749593120768
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: aaron sica on January 12, 2021, 01:58:41 PM
Apparently, Aaron Rodgers is getting a shot at guest hosting. Yes, that Aaron Rodgers.

As compared to Aaron Wroggers? :)
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: weaklink75 on January 12, 2021, 02:03:58 PM
Well why not- Mike Richards said some of the guest hosts weren’t actually auditioning for the full-time gig, but just doing it as fans of the show and to pay tribute to Alex, so we might get one or two out of left field before they decide...
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Chelsea Thrasher on January 12, 2021, 02:12:02 PM
We live in the timeline where Michael Strahan hosts $100,000 Pyramid (very well I might add) while taking up quite a lot of Barbara Walters' onetime workload as a celebrity interviewer, and where Peyton Manning has been attached to a College Bowl reboot (that's being co-produced by Eli and Cooper Manning on top of that)

Aaron Rodgers is a lot closer to the end than the beginning and a lot less of a one-off stunt cast than it might look.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: BrandonFG on January 12, 2021, 02:17:13 PM
Apparently, Aaron Rodgers is getting a shot at guest hosting. Yes, that Aaron Rodgers.

As compared to Aaron Wroggers? :)
Well played. :)

And good point re: it being a tribute to Alex. Aaron does mention being a huge fan of the show, and how it played into his decision.

I always saw him going into the booth or behind the desk for pregame/halftime shows, so IMO hosting is not the left-field choice it appears to be. I guess it's just kinda random since football season is still going on, and GB has a game this weekend.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Chief-O on January 12, 2021, 03:59:24 PM
Apparently, Aaron Rodgers is getting a shot at guest hosting. Yes, that Aaron Rodgers.

As both a game show fan and a Packer fan, I'm totally in.

Re. Ken: Like most of the room, I felt he did a great job. He kept the game moving, read the clues fluidly, and was able to work some personality in here and there.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: tvwxman on January 12, 2021, 04:10:12 PM

I'm a huge fan, and I have 25 years of broadcast TV experience. Can I host? You know, just as a tribute to Alex?

We're treading lightly into gimmick TV here. Not a fan of the idea for Jeopardy.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: cmjb13 on January 12, 2021, 05:00:49 PM
Well why not- Mike Richards said some of the guest hosts weren’t actually auditioning for the full-time gig, but just doing it as fans of the show and to pay tribute to Alex, so we might get one or two out of left field before they decide...

Hey, why not Drew Carey? He got him on Wheel.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Mr. Armadillo on January 13, 2021, 12:40:35 PM
Ken's greenness sometimes showed through, but that's to be expected. The episode still felt very much like an episode of Jeopardy!, which in my opinion, means he succeeded.

This is the part where I remember that Jeopardy!'s announcer is 96 years old and begin to worry again.  Johnny's voice is another one of those irreplaceable effects that makes an episode of Jeopardy! feel like an episode of Jeopardy!, and he won't be there forever.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: JasonA1 on January 13, 2021, 01:45:41 PM
Peyton Manning has been attached to a College Bowl reboot (that's being co-produced by Eli and Cooper Manning on top of that)

No disrespect intended - and I'm not speaking of this specific situation necessarily either - but it's a good time to remind ourselves many (most?) star-related producer credits are ceremonial. It's come up in a thread or two lately, and I thought it bore mentioning. :)

-Jason
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: snowpeck on January 13, 2021, 04:05:37 PM
Per a news release that just landed in my inbox, we can add Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik to the list of guest hosts as well. Mike Richards will also host two weeks of shows immediately after Ken's are done.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: weaklink75 on January 13, 2021, 04:49:54 PM
And in a nice touch-for the celeb hosts, the show will donate whatever the total amount won by the winners is that week to a charity of the celebs choice...

I personally doubt Mike Richards really wants the full-time gig- the reason he's doing two weeks is that it probably took a few taping days to decide they'd go the celeb guest host route.

My thinking is-if Ken does this week and next, then Mike does the next two weeks, the 4 celeb hosts announced take them through February. They'll probably do more guest hosts for the rest of the season (some for one week, perhaps some for two); then make the final decision in May and have that person start up full-time in September (perhaps they delay the TOC and start next season with it).
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: JMFabiano on January 13, 2021, 04:52:07 PM
This does remind me...

Was there a reason why the TPIR tryouts were not televised? 

(Probably different companies, different practices)
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: snowpeck on January 13, 2021, 04:56:28 PM
This does remind me...

Was there a reason why the TPIR tryouts were not televised? 

(Probably different companies, different practices)
Bob didn't retire in the middle of a production season.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Bryce L. on January 13, 2021, 05:07:58 PM
This does remind me...

Was there a reason why the TPIR tryouts were not televised? 

(Probably different companies, different practices)
Bob didn't retire in the middle of a production season.
And that's another thing, Bob actually retired. Alex didn't have that luxury.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Chuck Sutton on January 13, 2021, 05:40:50 PM
If you know you are going to be a contestant during on Mayim Balek's,  you should probably study famous Beaches and Flowers.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Jimmy Owen on January 14, 2021, 03:43:50 AM
Have they considered Eugene Levy?  :)
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: vtown7 on January 14, 2021, 07:14:44 AM
Just to clarify - is Mike Richards "booked" to host?  I hadn't seen that anywhere else.
Thanks,
Ryan.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Scrabbleship on January 14, 2021, 07:52:44 AM
Just to clarify - is Mike Richards "booked" to host?  I hadn't seen that anywhere else.
Thanks,
Ryan.

J!'s own press release said that he would do two weeks after Ken's six so that the other guest hosts have ample time to prepare.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Jimmy Owen on January 14, 2021, 10:30:20 AM
Mike Richards is heir-apparent.  I'd be very surprised if he is not selected as permanent host.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: SamPrainito on January 14, 2021, 11:03:55 AM
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Mike Richards is heir-apparent.  I'd be very surprised if he is not selected as permanent host.

I’m inclined to agree.  He was the face of the show right after Alex died, appearing on the “Today” show. 

It’s either going to be Ken or Mike.

Ken is better known, but Mike has the experience.

But if Mike gets the job, wouldn’t that take him away from all the other responsibilities that Sony brought him in to take care of in the first place?
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: cmjb13 on January 14, 2021, 11:10:05 AM
Mike Richards is heir-apparent.  I'd be very surprised if he is not selected as permanent host.
I don’t see it, but stranger things have happened.

I thought he would have gotten hosting out of his system by now.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: isucgv on January 14, 2021, 01:15:44 PM
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Mike Richards is heir-apparent.  I'd be very surprised if he is not selected as permanent host.

I’m inclined to agree.  He was the face of the show right after Alex died, appearing on the “Today” show. 


He's also the Executive Producer.  Who else should be speaking for the show during this time?
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: tvwxman on January 14, 2021, 04:22:48 PM

J!'s own press release said that he would do two weeks after Ken's six so that the other guest hosts have ample time to prepare.
Cause that's what they need....An extra week to prep for a job they don't really want but would be fun to try.

When's he going up? During Feb sweeps?
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: trainman on January 14, 2021, 11:09:17 PM
J!'s own press release said that he would do two weeks after Ken's six so that the other guest hosts have ample time to prepare.

I read that as "...so the Covid-19 surge has time to die down in Los Angeles County."
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Bob Zager on January 15, 2021, 11:42:59 AM
Whatever the final decision, I would still like to see LeVar Burton and Mark L. Walberg get a shot at guest-hosting the show.

I'm a bit surprised to see Ken hosting while sitting down, which started when Alex injured his leg years earlier.  I think it looks a little unfair that the host sits, but the contestants don't.  The contestants sat on the Art Fleming hosted shows, and the original pilot to the current one.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: chrisholland03 on January 15, 2021, 12:01:04 PM
I enjoy Mark L on Antiques Roadshow, which might be a limiting factor in his availability
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: MikeK on January 15, 2021, 12:25:15 PM
Did Antiques Roadshow do their annual stops in 2020?  I saw bits and pieces of the premiere earlier this month, and I don't recall hearing MLW.  IIRC, they just showed old clips with a shared theme and showed the appraised value then vs. the 2020/1 appraised value.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: weaklink75 on January 15, 2021, 02:52:46 PM
I enjoy Mark L on Antiques Roadshow, which might be a limiting factor in his availability

He's only been doing narration for the show the past few years, so he'd be available...
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Chief-O on January 15, 2021, 04:48:20 PM
I enjoy Mark L on Antiques Roadshow, which might be a limiting factor in his availability

He's only been doing narration for the show the past few years, so he'd be available...

..........he *is* available, last I checked. "Roadshow" has a new narrator as of last year.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: chrisholland03 on January 15, 2021, 07:27:29 PM
Yeah, I went back and our local station is reairing old episodes as new. 
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Jimmy Owen on January 17, 2021, 08:51:21 AM
As long as they seem to be doing stunt casting, the Clue Crew or even Johnny Gilbert could take the reins for a few shows. Jim from WOF could sub-announce
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: isucgv on January 17, 2021, 10:37:38 AM
I'd be willing to bet a lot of money we won't see Johnny Gilbert hosting an episode....
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: Jimmy Owen on January 17, 2021, 01:02:52 PM
I'd be willing to bet a lot of money we won't see Johnny Gilbert hosting an episode....
You're probably right.  He actually has experience hosting a game show. :)
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: jjman920 on January 17, 2021, 04:06:33 PM
As long as they seem to be doing stunt casting, the Clue Crew or even Johnny Gilbert could take the reins for a few shows. Jim from WOF could sub-announce
Actually being serious though, Jimmy from the Clue Crew hosts the practice games for contestants prior to the taping beginning. I thought it'd be a nice gesture to give him the chance to host the show. He'd be no more of a stranger to viewers than Mike Richards and would clearly be more recognizable given his 20(!) years delivering clues. But maybe he doesn't want to do it.
Title: Re: J! Guest Host news...
Post by: chris319 on January 17, 2021, 08:54:43 PM
Alex had a warmth about him.

Ken appeared to be (justifiably) nervous.

He got the words out but was lacking in warmth and seemed brittle. He is not a polished TV performer. Not a slam on Ken — it happens to actors all the time. He isn't "right" for the part.

Read up on how Carl Reiner cast the part of Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. They auditioned dozens of actresses until MTM finally read for, and won, the part.

Alex was versatile. He handled High Rollers and Concentration differently from Jeopardy! but was very good on all of them.