Though it’s been simple to overlook—because the present has simply kind of rolled alongside for the final season with Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings handing off internet hosting duties, and quite a lot of high-profile winners seemingly unaffected by the transition—however Jeopardy! has been operating and not using a everlasting host for almost a 12 months at this level. That’s, since August 2021, when producer Mike Richards was introduced as the brand new everlasting host for the present’s common every day broadcast…after which swiftly un-announced after filming simply 5 episodes.
However that state of trivia-adjacent uncertainty would possibly quickly be coming to an finish, as revealed by collection government producer Michael Davies on the Daytime Emmys yesterday, the place the sport present picked up its newest Excellent Sport Present trophy. (The present has received for the final three years operating, and 7 instances out of the final ten; it additionally has essentially the most wins total within the award’s historical past.) Davies didn’t shrink back from speaking in regards to the Richards state of affairs, saying that it was known as “the awkward months” across the Jeopardy! workplaces. “However,” he stated, “It confirmed the ability of our viewers and the way passionately our followers care about this system, which is simply so vital.”
Title-checking quite a lot of massive winners within the intervening interval—together with Matt Amodio, Amy Schneider, Mattea Roach, and Ryan Lengthy, all of whom had lengthy streaks on the present, with Schneider and Amodio each breaking the million-dollar winnings barrier—Davies asserted that the present is making strikes to shore up its internet hosting state of affairs. “We hope to have a internet hosting announcement very, very quickly,” he stated. “However with all of our plans for Jeopardy!—which is extra Jeopardy!, not much less, extra variations—we’re going to want a number of hosts to characterize the complete viewers, to characterize the complete nation, so as to take this franchise ahead.” It stays to be seen whether or not these expansionist plans imply Bialik and Jennings ought to preserve their schedules open for the foreseeable future…however you must think about, proper?