The present season of “Jeopardy!” remains to be in full swing, nevertheless it’s not too quickly to sit up for the following season — particularly after the announcement the showrunner of the long-running recreation present simply made.
In response to executive producer (and recent guest host) Mike Richards, when filming for season 38 kicks off in late July or early August, it’ll accomplish that with its subsequent official host on the helm. Meaning followers will study who’ll get the possibility to observe within the footsteps of the late Alex Trebek this summer time.
However for now, that continues to be a thriller — even to Richards.
“It’s going to come back all the way down to the heads of Sony (Leisure) to make that call, finally, and it’ll come all the way down to testing,” the 45-year-old instructed The Wall Avenue Journal’s podcast “The Journal.” “They’ve been part of it. They know what’s happening within the studio. They’re watching the feed, the tapings. It’s very in depth. It’s in contrast to something I’ve ever been part of, so far as testing in its measurement and scope.”
So no taking part in favorites or trusting destiny with this casting name.
“You wish to make an knowledgeable determination,” Richards continued. “In the long run, we’re a fairly cerebral group, the ‘Jeopardy!’ workforce. We wish to go at this with actual analytics and actual testing and never simply go, ‘Hey, how about this man?’ which is form of how a whole lot of these selections have been made traditionally.”
As for the audition course of, audiences have been witnessing that for themselves ever since Trebek’s final episodes aired in January, two months after the venerable host died following a battle with pancreatic most cancers.
Week after week, acquainted faces from broadcasting, leisure, sports activities and extra have stepped as much as the rostrum to function visitor hosts. And whereas not all of those that’ve taken the short-term gig want to fill it completely, some, like NFL star Aaron Rodgers, have voiced an curiosity.
Richards mentioned that whereas he “wouldn’t rule something out,” he could be stunned if the job went to anybody who didn’t function a type of visitor hosts. Meaning followers who’re tuning in and talking out in regards to the rotating lineup of expertise will get a say within the course of … form of.
“It’s positively going to play into it, and I believe there’s other ways fan response can play into it,” Richards defined. “What we’re engaged on, so far as actually understanding what the followers are saying and who’s saying it, is essential.”
Nonetheless, once you’re speaking a couple of present that may common, in accordance with Richards, “70 million-plus” viewers in every week, it’s not only a matter of listening to the loudest responses on social media. It’s about listening to those that “carry the spirit of the followers.”
Whether or not the powers that be resolve the gig ought to go to Rodgers or upcoming guest host Levar Burton or anybody else that has the help of the fanbase, Richards envisions it changing into that individual’s sole job.
“I really feel prefer it labored out fairly nicely for Alex as one job,” he famous. “It’s not a aspect hustle to me, and we’ve been clear about that.”
On high of all of that, the candidate has to own one essential qualifier Trebek had — credibility.
“Do you consider in them after they’re making a ruling within the recreation?” Richards talked about. “The host of ‘Jeopardy!’ is the arbiter of the sport. So do you purchase them going, ‘Sure, that’s right’?”
Trebek, who hosted the present for 36 years, actually is the final word laborious act to observe, with some longtime “Jeopardy!” viewers believing nobody — with the doable exception of Trebek-inspired A.I., which one “Journal” listener really helpful — might probably fill his place.
“I believe one of many stunning issues, the blessings that got here, should you can name it a blessing, is that he acquired to actually see the outpouring of affection and admiration that he gave to the world,” Trebek’s widow, Jean, recently told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie of the influence he had. “Some folks simply, you realize, you do not see that whilst you’re nonetheless embodied, you do not get to actually witness all of the love that folks really feel for you. And I do know that that was in and of itself an enormous inspiration for Alex.”