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Jeopardy: Just Noticed This

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by waynomo, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the post. You know it's going on, but fascinating to focus on--like an orchestra and conductor.
     
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  2. Worf

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    While some of the things I'm not surprised by (the FJ cueing, for example, so Alex has a heads up on who got it right and wrong ahead of time), ti almost seems like the episode is edited "live". I always thought they recorded it and just did it all in post since they do about 3 episodes a day. Or maybe the director is cueing the NLE for edit later?
     
  3. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    And how much of that is what they always do, and how much did he embellish because he knew he was being recorded.
     
  4. Unbeliever

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    All those game shows are pretty much "Live to tape". Unless there's a major issue to correct, there's usually no editing post-show. They even take "commercial breaks" of the appropriate amount of time.

    They operate as if they're not recording, and it was a live to broadcast show.

    --Carlos "did a few game shows as contestant in High School" V.
     
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  5. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    Sherman...
    Old-school game shows like "Jeopardy!" are done live-to-tape. New-school game shows have a lot of post-production.
     
  6. TonyD79

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    They were actually recording a show. Why would you change the routine just because you are being filmed in the back room. That would throw everything off.

    If Trebek hears all that chatter, he is even more impressive as a host than I ever thought.
     
  7. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    Family Feud being one of the latter.
    I had family members that taped their show back in June 2017.
    Slate had an edit date of mid December 2017, and their shows just aired the week before last. (2-1 and 2-2).
    Not sure they knew how things worked, as they are the one of a few families I've seen in recent memory that didn't bring a change of clothes for the "next days" show, or maybe I was just paying more attention to them.

    To those that watched, they were the Huber's from Salt Lake City, and they had the Steve and Ruben masks for the open.
     
  8. Worf

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    Just one of those oddities I guess... I always assumed they really didn't film it in 30 minutes just to avoid all the hassles of "working live" when you're not really live.

    Then again, I suppose back in the 80s when syndicated Jeopardy started they did it this way because that's all the TV equipment could do - NLE was but a pipe dream (it was really, really, really expensive, thus not for game shows), so live to tape was a matter of course because you were filming 3 episodes a day and you only had a couple of hours between "episodes" to reset and edit (without NLE, that would mean hours in the editing booth). And I guess since the crew probably did it for nearly 40 years now, why change things.

    So what does everyone do during the parts that the show is playing prerecorded stuff (introduction, commercial breaks, etc)? And does the studio audience see what is happening, or the lights just dim and everyone sits still for 3 minutes?

    Of course, new game shows with new crews all make use of NLE and simply film and edit - its the modern way video is edited today from youtube to the biggest blockbusters.
     
  9. trainman

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    Sherman...
    He doesn't have an earpiece, so he's not hearing any of that -- he gets cues from the stage manager and other members of the production staff who are wearing headsets and can hear the communications.

    The animation video is the only part of the introduction that's prerecorded -- Johnny Gilbert says "This is 'Jeopardy!'" live over the video, and then introduces the contestants live (in the video, they note that he slightly flubbed contestant #2's intro, which means they'll have him redo it later and edit).

    The lights stay on during the in-studio commercial breaks. The contestant coordinators bring the contestants water, give buzzer suggestions, there are sometimes makeup and hair touch-ups, etc. Meanwhile, Alex usually does some Q&A with the studio audience.
     
  10. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    When did the contestants stop walking out at the beginning?
     
  11. lambertman

    lambertman LIVE! On tape

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    YouTube vids indicate 2000.
     
  12. vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

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    I took a short course in TV production 30 years ago. Live to tape hasn't changed much at all.
     
  13. mattack

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    3 a day? I sure thought I have read various stories about many different game shows being ~5 or 6, then lunch (regardless of actual time of day), then another 5 or 6.. (no it wouldn't have to be exactly 5 and 5 to fill out exact weeks)..

    but I thought specifically they filmed about 2 days a month...????

    I didn't watch that video here, but you do hear Alex do a VO in post every once in a while, and heck even a video correction in post VERY rarely or a "so and so died between taping and showing this episode" segment (once or twice ever?)
     
  14. TonyD79

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  15. trainman

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    Sherman...
    The only thing I see that Mr. Jennings doesn't mention is that on taping days, they do three shows in a row, then take a lunch break, and then do the remaining two shows. They bring in a different studio audience for the second session. (The contestants that are still around for the lunch break get free lunch at the studio commissary, where they're "sequestered" at a reserved table.)
     
  16. That Don Guy

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    I thought that most of the shows in the 1970s, especially the ones with celebrities, did six a day - five network, and one (e.g. Match Game PM) for weekly syndication.

    The Price is Right has its taping and airing schedule online; from the looks of it, that show does two episodes a day.
     
  17. mattack

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  18. waynomo

    waynomo My One Time TCF Club

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    I can't believe the returning champ missed today's FJ. He was pretty knowledgeable. I thought it was an obvious triple get.
     
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    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Wow! And you don't even get a chance to catch your breath. Or at least edited that way.

    Wow. Victory or Death was never a more apt ink.
     
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    Michael S

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    When did they start having tie breakers? Today was probably the first time I've ever seen one. It was kind of weird of how they did it.
     

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