Levar Burton to be the next host of Jeopardy?

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  1. Owain Taggart

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    That'd be ideal. I think part of the issue is that when Trebek started, there were a lot more gameshows being created, and there are a lot fewer of them now, and most of the ones we see these days have either lasted for a very long time, or they're revivals of an old show. The result is that you have far fewer veteran hosts. I think maybe the best bet is to go with a standup comedian, who'd be used to live settings and ad-libbing. Kind of feel like maybe Seinfeld would be able to pull it off.
     
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  2. hbquikcomjamesl

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    :barf::barf::barf::barf::barf:
    Great: the one current game show that's about something, and you'd put it in the hands of somebody famous for a self-described "show about nothing." Forgive me if I have no enthusiasm to curb.
     
  3. Owain Taggart

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    Well, at least you have some humour about it :D
     
  4. Mr. Adventure

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    Every answer must be in the form of “What’s the deal with…?”






    * I realize this is like Beam Me Up, Scotty as far as being actually said, work with me it’s a joke
     
  5. Owain Taggart

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    :lol: Good one. Didn't see that one coming.
     
  6. hbquikcomjamesl

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    I'm assuming you caught my Larry David allusion. (I saw an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Computers in Music professor at a local junior college ran it on an evening when the lecture ran short. I had no enthusiasm to curb.)
     
  7. Owain Taggart

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    Yes, kind of hard to miss :D I get it though, Larry David is not for everyone.
     
  8. JirinPanthosa

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    Those products are exactly what they claim to be. Not snake oil. Not fake medicine proven to do nothing.

    If Levar Burton was claiming his gin cured Alzheimer’s, that’d be a better analogy. He’s not claiming that. He’s claiming it tastes good and gets you intoxicated.

    Ving Rhames is not claiming Arby’s will lower your blood pressure. He’s claiming, accurately, that it has “The meats”.
     
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  9. Jim Klag

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    So no celebrity ever sold snake oil, or endorsed a product they never used, or even endorsed a product they really didn't like? Welcome to the real world. It's a game show hosting job. They are not vetting presidential candidates or Supreme Court justice apointees or potential sainthood candidates. It's just a damned game show. Get over it.
     
  10. UssGlenn

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    Jeopardy is more than the sum of its parts, it means something to people.
     
  11. Jim Klag

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    You are correct. But it is still just a quiz show and IMHO the host need not be Simon-pure. I'll bet Alex had his warts, too. I want the host to be quick and sharp and get along/communicate well with the contestants.
     
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  12. hbquikcomjamesl

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    . . . and to have enough personality (and geek-cred) to avoid being dull, but not so much as to overshadow the real stars, the contestants.

    Bill Cullen could have hosted Jeopardy (provided the set got redesigned so that he didn't need to walk around on camera at all), as indeed, he could have hosted any game show, but unfortunately, he's been dead since 1990.

    Most of the best game show hosts (forgive me for repeating myself) came out of a background of either disc jockeying, newscasting, or sportscasting. Or more than one of the above.

    Hmm. DJ with lots of geek cred. KUSC's Brian Lauritzen comes to mind.

    (Which reminds me: I'd like to see what would happen if you got ST producer Peter Lauritson, composer Morten Lauridsen, and classical jock Brian Lauritzen in the same room at the same time. Would the universe wink out of existence, and be immediately replaced with something even more bizarre? Or would they all simply each order an entirely different drink with a name similar to "jynnan tonnix"?)
     
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  13. cardinal biggles

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    You sure do like to hear yourself talk, don't you? :)
     
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  14. Gepard

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    "And now, your host Mayim Bialik!"

    So they're just not acknowledging the ongoing impermanence of their hosts. Okay. :lol:

    I'm so mad at Tracy for not getting Final Jeopardy right. We could have been free of Matt!
     
  15. cardinal biggles

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    I guess we'll see when Ken's first episodes come up. Maybe because Mayim is an official host for the primetime and spinoff projects they're kicking around, she doesn't get announced as a guest host for the syndicated version.
     
  16. Owain Taggart

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    I thought they abondoned that plan when they fired Richards? I thought I heard them announce that they would alternate until the end of the season.
     
  17. cardinal biggles

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    Since Ken wasn't offered a gig and Mayim's was for the primetime stuff, technically they're both guest hosts, but the fact that Johnny isn't announcing her as such is what Gepard was wondering about. But yeah, probably best for the show to not draw too much attention to it.
     
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  18. DarrenTR1970

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    I see that Richards is still listed in the credits as Executive Producer and Head Writer.

    So, does that mean this first week of shows with Mayim were produced by him before he was fired and next week we'll see the interim producer's name; or will his name be credits the entire season?
     
  19. cardinal biggles

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    Richards will likely only be credited on the episodes he was directly involved with. Sony wants to put this behind them as quickly as possible.
     
  20. Oddish

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    A bit long, but worthy of consideration. Seems like they have quite a few fine choices.