Jeopardy: Just Noticed This

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  1. HarleyRandom

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    There were so, so many great contestants we would have probably enjoyed watching because of their personalities or whatever, but that's not what gets you multiple appearances.
     
  2. lambertman

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    There are only about 400 slots for new contestants every season as it is. I'm not sure marking two weeks for "let's bring back people that didn't actually earn the right to come back" is a great use of some of those spots.
     
  3. Wil

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    If your goal is to get quality players, people who (according to expert review of the record) played extremely well for 3-4 games then lost in a fluke are likely better than an average new player. Players who played very well but lost narrowly to Ken or James, that's maybe a bit more chancy.
     
  4. TonyD79

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    Guess it depends on if the source of players keeps up. There has to be a drop off of some sort post Alex and there is this pandemic thing that is making folks leery of travel, etc.
     
  5. astrohip

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    My Guest Host list, ordered by how much I'd like to see them as a permanent host. I only took into consideration how they did during their stint. Nothing else.

    Aaron Rodgers
    Ken Jennings
    Dr. Mehmet Oz
    Mike Richards
    Katie Couric
     
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  6. Wil

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    Aaron Rodgers has made a good case for himself, given he had only two days to grow from very awkward to fairly natural and easy to take.
     
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  7. ej42137

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    Have you been watching the show? Ever since the Covid travel restrictions, we have had a strictly California contestant pool. And I'm sad to say it has reflected very poorly on our local education system; the level of play has been about that of "Celebrity Jeopardy"!
     
  8. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    You'd rather see Dr. Oz as permanent host than Mike Richards?!?
     
  9. TonyD79

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    And that is why I thought the supply may be a problem. Didn’t think I needed to write a dissertation. ;)
     
  10. astrohip

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    Two problems with MR. First, he's the EP, and he would be hiring himself. Smacks of nepotism. But sticking to his on-air performance (which is my only criteria), I thought he came across a little polished. Too polished. I didn't get any warmth. He was good, but left me unmoved. Dr.MO was just slightly better.

    The bottom three are far below the top two. I liked Katie, she was a fun guest host, but I would tire quickly of her personality, in this specific job. And I liked Ken, but he doesn't move me. His voice is not as good as Oz or MR, but at least his performance was better.

    Really, I liked AR far more than anyone so far. Here's my rankings with ratings...

    Aaron Rodgers
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    Ken Jennings
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    Dr. Mehmet Oz
    Mike Richards
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    Katie Couric
     
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  11. trainman

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    I'm sure many of the California-based contestants -- especially those who are being introduced as "originally from" -- actually received their education elsewhere.

    At any rate, they have opened up the contestant pool, at least since January, when they were able to bring back the returning champion from the previous season (who lives in the Washington, D.C. area). And they taped a Tournament of Champions just this past week with contestants coming in from all over the country.
     
  12. TonyD79

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    Opened up more and opened up are different animals. Not many are flying yet. At least not when these were taped.
     
  13. ej42137

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    It's a joke; the obvious reason for the reduced level of play is that the contestant pool is much smaller.

    Although our education system has sadly declined, "Jeopardy" contestant skill isn't a product of formal education, as evidenced by the wildly varying education levels of successful players.
     
  14. Worf

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    The contestant pool is still relatively large compared to the number of contestants they need.

    There are around 200 Jeopardy episodes per year, and with 2 new contestants per game, that's only 400 contestants per year they need. This is excluding special events (college, teen, celebrity, etc). The contestant pool is around 100K people or so, so even if COVID meant only 1% were available to come into the studio (1000), that's 2.5 years worth of contestants. That assumes no new contestants apply either. I think contestants cycle out of the pool after 3 years or so.

    Anyhow, the contestants have to feel comfortable with going to the Sony studio - it's the contestant's responsibility to find transport and get themselves to the studio. The studio does not pay for transportation or housing for the contestants - when they show up, it's on their own dime. So it's also up to the contestants to find a mode of trnasportatiln they're comfortable with to get there/ The old returning champ went back to his home state and was stuck there until he personally felt it was safe enough to return.

    Of course, it also means it's a potential dilemma since there's a chance if you can't make it in, they'll pick someone else and you'll return to the pool. Do you stay or do you go...
     
  15. HarleyRandom

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    How do you figure that?

    I'm now more than a week behind and so far he is noticeably better but I wouldn't go so far as to say he scored a touchdown, as one article said.

    To me Jennings is number one followed by Richards. None of the others appeal to me enough to be permanent. Oz has too harsh a tone but is good at interviews and Katie is the reverse, too perky when interviewing.
     
  16. astrohip

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    This is 100% non-scientific, and mostly anecdotal... but I read a lot of TV articles, and almost every Jeopardy! related one has said they thought AR did the best job so far.

    Here's one where the author makes a compelling case why he likes AR of the ones so far

    Aaron Rodgers Might Be The Answer As Full-Time ’Jeopardy!’ Host


    short excerpt, but the entire (short) article is worth reading if this topic interests you:

    When longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek died in November, it opened the biggest vacancy in game shows since Bob Barker decided to retire from The Price Is Right. That daytime show found its replacement in Drew Carey and, perhaps improbably, Jeopardy! just may have found its man in one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history.

    Aaron Rodgers’s announcement as a Jeopardy! guest host drew some skepticism from some fans of the show and basically any midwestern football enthusiasts outside of Wisconsin. What did Rodgers, after all, know about hosting a game show? Celebrity Jeopardy! champion or not, giving the answers to three serious contestants day in and day out is a different task, one that some sideline interviews and State Farm commercials don’t exactly prepare you for.

    But with his final of 10 tapings airing on Friday, it’s clear by now that Rodgers would actually be a great pick for the job. That alone seems worthy of praise given the level of difficulty the role entails, and the fact that he’s extremely interested in the gig full-time means he needs to be considered for the role. If we’ve learned anything about him in the last fortnight, it’s that the initial concerns about putting the Green Bay Packers quarterback behind the podium have been almost universally unfounded.
     
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  17. trainman

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    One problem would be working the taping schedule around his football schedule (they might have to tape more episodes during the football offseason than they're accustomed to doing over that stretch of time), but I'm sure if the producers decide they really want him, they'll be willing to do whatever it takes.
     
  18. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I'm pretty sure most NFL teams give their players Monday off (when they played on Sunday), so if Rodgers wanted to, and the studio were willing, he could fly to LA and film a week's worth of episodes on Mondays during the season. He's also probably got enough seniority and goodwill with his team that they could probably allow him to miss a day of practice here and there so he could be in LA and tape two days back-to-back.
     
  19. markymark_ctown

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    His focus during football season should be just that - football. Traveling to the coast to do a tv should be low in his priority list.
     
  20. TriBruin

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    No way. If I were the Packers I would not want ANYTHING to interfere with my star player's focus during the season. While they might officially have Monday's off, I would not be surprised if AR spends a lot of time in the film room, even on his "days off"
     
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