How Can ‘Jeopardy!’ Replace Alex Trebek?


When Bob Barker left “The Price Is Right” after 35 years of giving out autos and holidays to Hawaii, many individuals questioned whether or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not or not the present would survive.

For many viewers, “The Price Is Right” was not fairly a bit about guessing the worth of, say, a mannequin new dinette set on account of it was about Barker’s reassuringly acquainted smile, his grandfatherly presence and the earnings with which he explains the partaking pretty fairly fairly just a few video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video video games to star-struck contestants. 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The present auditioned pretty pretty pretty just some potential candidates, actually one amongst whom was Mike Richards, who was then the host of a actuality present usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually usually normally normally typically known as “Beauty and the Geek.” Richards didn’t get the half. But just a few 12 months later, he may very appropriately be launched in as an govt producer to assist resolve how the present may thrive with its new host: the comic Drew Carey.

Now Richards should engineer one completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely 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“Jeopardy!” started a mannequin new interval Monday with out Alex Trebek, its host of 36 years, who died in November and whose closing episode was broadcast Friday. And whereas this system will flip to a set of interim hosts at first, the accountability of rising a everlasting completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely completely 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“Alex is a legend,” Richards talked about. “Replacing a legend is going to be nerve racking. If you’re not nervous then you’re not paying attention.”

It is one draw as shortly as additional of a marvel that reveals like “Jeopardy!,” whose first iteration aired in 1964, and “The Price Is Right,” whose first model began in 1956, are even spherical all by technique of the present day. Both of those considerably retro sport reveals have survived a technological revolution and a really very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very long time of evolving pop-culture appetites. But the alternate alternate picks on who ought to be their new faces carry excessive stakes: If viewers don’t like the selection, they may merely change the channel.

The key to worthwhile new hosts, Richards talked about, is discovering individuals who can play to their very personal strengths comparatively than mimicking their predecessors. That was the core of the problem that Richards acknowledged when he was launched in to “The Price Is Right” in 2008, when rankings have been struggling after Barker’s departure.

“They were trying to make Drew host Bob’s show,” Richards recalled. “And I thought it was very important that Drew host Drew’s version of ‘The Price Is Right.’”

Carey talked about that Barker himself had given him comparable suggestion by the transition.

“He said, ‘Go in there and don’t try to copy me. Do the show your own way,’” Carey talked about in an interview. “He was right. I can’t go in and do a Bob Barker impersonation.”

But when Carey first obtained there, the present was nonetheless intently following the script of the Barker years.

At the exact of the present, a wall with a brightly coloured ’70s-esque emblem would decrease up open, revealing Carey, who was launched as “the star of ‘The Price Is Right.’” As Barker had for just a few years, Carey would take all by the applause.

The formulation didn’t fairly work for Carey, coming off as a bit awkward. He and Richards agreed that whereas Barker had a assured, authoritative air as host, Carey’s strengths lay in his interactions with viewers members and his colleagues onstage.

“I’m like a guy playing along with you or helping you up onstage and being Mr. Friendly,” Carey talked about of his additional down-to-earth methodology.

So, they modified the doorway. Carey was not launched on account of the “star” of the present, nonetheless as its “host.” In the mannequin new formulation, Carey would velocity stroll by the door, wave to the viewers and shortly begin greeting his fellow protected members onstage, together with the present’s announcer, George Gray. In a 24-minute video analyzing the changing approach to the show’s opening, John Teti, a pop-culture critic, said that the camerawork in the opening sequence evolved to add in a “carnival ride motion” that has the effect of making the viewer “a little giddy.”

To give Carey more people to banter with onstage, Richards decided to provide the models with microphones, no longer relegating them to miming beside furniture sets and hot tubs. He also set out to modernize the prizes so that they would soak up a bit more of the attention: Instead of simply giving away a trip to Hawaii, for example, they’d add in something like a Ferrari rental and a night out on a yacht, Richards said.

Carey is now in his 14th year as host, and he says that he’s become so comfortable with the game play that he no longer feels like he needs to stick solely to the script. He can even imagine a future in which he surpasses Barker’s 35-year tenure, making him into the host who feels impossible to replace.

Despite his philosophy around reimagining the show in the new host’s image, Richards recognizes the inevitability of the audience comparing the next host of “Jeopardy!” to Trebek. The job won’t come without some anxiety.

So Richards is taking it slow. Instead of naming a new host right away, the show has decided to test out a number of guest hosts and see how their audience responds.

On Monday, the trial period starts with Ken Jennings, the record-breaking “Jeopardy!” contestant, who has already taped at least 30 episodes. No other guest hosts have been announced, but The Los Angeles Times reported that Katie Couric has been tapped as another temporary host. Richards said that it was not only the audience that might need time to adjust before a permanent successor to Trebek is named.

“Emotionally,” he said, “I am not ready for that.”



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