Jeopardy: Just Noticed This

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  1. MauriAnne

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    I thought he did very well, but since I had never seen him before, I didn't feel 'connected' to him. I think he'll grow on me. Also, I was disappointed he didn't continue Ken's "Thank you Alex" closing, especially since it was Richards' idea to do that.
     
  2. lambertman

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    I expected he’d do ok, given he hosted the last version of Pyramid that GSN did in 2012 (currently airing there in reruns, weekdays at 9am) and he did pretty ok there too. But of the two, I prefer Ken cause he’s more of a putz like me.
     
  3. hapster85

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    Yeah, I thought he did fine as well.

    His not using the same signoff as Ken was fine, too. They had completely relationships with Alex, and with the show.
     
  4. terpfan1980

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    I had seen Mike Richards previously, as host of Divided on GSN. I liked him much better there. The energy felt better, and he seemed to fit much better there.

    He was pretty low key and dull as host of Jeopardy yesterday. He may improve, but thus far he would not be my choice as permanent host.

    Honestly, I think Ken had done a great job and really wish he'd get (and take/accept) the job. It is clear he loves the game and he does continue to seem to be someone that is easily believable as a person that knows most of the answers and isn't just putting on an act when it comes to asking the questions and sounding knowledgable about the topics.
     
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  5. TonyD79

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    I agree. But it is odd to watch him cheer winnings on jeopardy and try to be snarky on the chase.
     
  6. trainman

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    There was once a time when Alex Trebek was professorial on "Jeopardy!", casual sweater guy on "Classic Concentration," and somewhere in between on "To Tell the Truth," all simultaneously, five days a week.
     
  7. mattack

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    I'm still a bit behind (am in the KJ episodes though).. there seemed to be quite a bit of net buzz (and maybe even I saw a snippet of a local news ad mentioning it?) about that Mike Richards had done very well and should be the permanent host?
     
  8. Worf

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    Yes, apparently a lot of ladies are enamored with him. That's where the call for permanent host is coming from.

    After seeing his second episode, I think I like where he chose to go with his Alex tribute. It's a complex relationship and it seems to mean more if each host tells what Alex means to them.

    For a contestant like Jennings, Alex showed them a way - we're at the stage where kids grow up with Jeopardy! dreaming to get on, and actually do. While someone like Richards would have a more complex relationship (he is Executive Producer, after all), so he's trying to carry on Alex's legacy of wanting a kinder, gentler, and better world. I suppose as Executive Producer, he's actually got that power in the way he runs the show, so he's going to try to fulfill that Alex's dream.

    It's not easy - he's got to decide which traditions Jennings carried over should stick, which should change, and which new ones he should adopt.

    Also remember one week of Jeopardy! is one day of shooting, so the first week will always be shaky. Jennings' first week you could see the nervousness in him that only started going away by the end of the week. And the second week (2nd day of shooting) he was getting the hang of it.
     
  9. madscientist

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    Jennings was better than Richards IMO, although we've only seen Richards do 2 shows so who knows. Richards seemed pretty milquetoast to me. He's fine, but I prefer Ken and I hope that if he were a permanent host he'd feel a little more freedom to be himself: he's actually quite hilarious. He started to come out of his shell a bit more nearer the end (not much). I wonder if the game would become a bit more energetic under a full-time Ken host: he seems to like to push the contestants to bet more aggressively.

    Of course I'm not saying Ken is the best choice. Just that of the two we've seen so far I like him better.
     
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  10. TonyTheTiger

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    I like him. He seems a little less 'forced' than KJ, but time will tell.

    I just with they'd both reduce the use of and find an alternative to 'We were looking for...'!
     
  11. Worf

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    Richards is trying to do it Alex style. One of the key principles Alex had was the host, but not the star. The stars were the contestants. So he's trying to defer to the contestants.
     
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  12. HarleyRandom

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    Richards is trying but I wouldn't be as happy with him as permanent host. Something just doesn't seem right about him. He seems too much like a business person and not like someone we can like. This is fine if you're Dan Rather on 9-11, but I'd rather have Tom Brokaw each night.
     
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  13. kdmorse

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    I actually like Richards a bit better than I did Ken. But I'm also kinda fond of the idea of making the rotation of hosts a permanent thing, as opposed to choosing one and sticking with them. I think the variety (even if that means the occasional dud) would be a good thing.
     
  14. astrohip

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    I noticed they took the first break later than usual. It's always been after the first 15 clues have been cleared. Today was 17, the first time I've ever seen that.
     
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  15. mattack

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    We had this discussion before, and I brought it up.. I had actually pointed out that it seemed like exactly half of the clues were given when the first commercial happened (and my logic is that the clue + question time is about the same for each question, so it makes sense).. but someone else pointed out examples on both sides of the half of clues divider....
     
  16. Worf

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    It's probably based on the actual time - about half the board. But TV doesn't work like that - the stations generally want a more exact time of when the commercial break happens. Depending on how the contestants play, they may be clearing clues off the board before the commercial break happens, resulting in more clues being exposed before the break. Or they may be completely flubbing the answer and having the clues time out more often, resulting in fewer clues being revealed before the break.

    It's just that they picked a time when on an average game, about 15 clues (half the board) has been gone through. But sometimes they go through more clues in the same time, and sometimes less. It's why the rounds have a time limit - if you don't get through all clues in the Jeopardy! round - even if there was one clue remaining, that's it the round is over and the clue remains unseen. Even if you and I know it probably would've been 30 seconds more - nope, it's time to go to commercial break and start Double Jeopardy!.
     
  17. HarleyRandom

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    It's unusual, but not unheard of. I don't count clues, but what often happens is they finish 3 categories. If some clues are left in one or more categories then I notice an equal number of clues in other categories before the break.
     
  18. HarleyRandom

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    About the same, but Daily Doubles and wrong responses can increase that.
     
  19. astrohip

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    Incredibly obscure FJ on Friday (IMHO). Triple stumper. Guessing in advance, the Jboard hit rate will be under 50%. It's a shame, I liked the leader going into FJ, he seemed like he would have made a good champ.
     
  20. astrohip

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    80% got it! I feel dumb. :oops: This is one of those where I don't know it even after seeing the answer.
     

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