It sucks that I can’t hug my mom during corona-times, because this tragic news is gonna break her heart: Jeopardy! has run out of new episodes to air! The show stopped filming on March 20 because of the pandemic. Apparently Alex Trebek’s hard work is technically deemed “non-essential”? Um, millions of viewers would beg to differ, but I digress.
Since the show has run out of new episodes, Jeopardy! will be airing reruns starting today. They’ll re-broadcast their Tournament of Champions and each episode will be dedicated to a different winner. The run of episodes is being touted as “Big Champions, Big Wins”, and will air until July 3, so cancel all your evening plans, STAT.
And hold onto your asses, because here’s the THRILLING promo for these reruns:
Jesus Christ, I need a drink after all that excitement.
The show is challenging to create while adhering to social distancing mandates — because “Jeopardy” suspended production it also needed to suspend in-person contestant auditions, so the show has no new talent to tape. Aspiring trivia masters can still take qualifying tests online, but that’s only a preliminary step in the process to becoming a filmed contestant.
“We take the well-being of our staff, crew, contestants, audience guests and host very seriously, and will not resume taping until it is completely safe,” “Jeopardy!” noted on its news page on May 20. “Similarly, all previously scheduled contestant searches have been postponed. We will not resume contestant tryouts until it is safe to do so.”
You wouldn’t think trying out for Jeopardy! would require a lot of human contact, but what do I know? Maybe they’re not allowed to sanitize the buzzers, for fear that all that genius magic leftover from Ken Jennings’ thumb would be wiped away.
Once the Tournament of Champions re-runs have finished filming, I say just give the people what they want, and let Alex Trebek go to town on a remote live-Zoom. I’d love to see him rip into all those “loser” contestants, getting progressively more and more wasted on his giant glass of whiskey. “What is…I’m the mothafuckin kiiing!”