If you're a Jeopardy fan, the last week has been confusing. The show's writers are currently on strike and the season is ending a bit of a whimper with just one more episode to go. But what exactly is going on behind the scenes?
In a recent episode of the podcast "Inside Jeopardy," executive producer Michael Davies and producer Sarah Foss offered some insight. First, they shared some changes the show is making for the fall. The new season will open with a Second Chance tournament featuring players from season 37 who didn't win their first time on the show. The winner will advance to a wildcard competition with season 38 contestants.
It's a pretty big change, but the producers are trying to make it more fair for all of the contestants. In addition, they'll be adding more rehearsal time to help the players get a feel for the buzzer system. Apparently, some previous winners have complained that the buzzers weren't consistent enough, and they weren't sure they could hit their answers within the allotted time.
The show is also trying to break out of its early-evening syndication mold, becoming bigger and more versatile. The producers are using all sorts of gimmicks to foster a sense of perpetual spectacle. Whether that's sacrilegious or long overdue depends on your mileage. But whatever you think of the changes, Jeopardy's leadership is still working hard to keep the show going.