Earlier this month, the world learned that Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings would share the hosting position on Jeopardy!. Episodes featuring Bialik behind the lectern started airing this week. She’ll host all of the daily episodes of the show through November 5th. Then, Ken Jennings will fill in for her for a time. After that, they’ll tag in as their schedules allow. They’re both very busy.
Ken Jennings is a consulting producer on Jeopardy!. At the same time, he is a Chaser on the ABC quiz show The Chase. Additionally, he hosts a twice-weekly podcast called Omnibus. Bialik’s schedule is just as full. Currently, she stars in Call Me Kat, on Fox. She also hosts Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown, a podcast about mental health. She also has two sons.
Recently, Mayim Bialik spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how she is fitting everything into her life. It sounds like her schedule is a big balancing act. At the same time, her explanation may give us some insight into how often she’ll be hosting Jeopardy! in the future.
Mayim Bialik’s Busy Schedule
Professionally, Mayim Bialik’s priority seems to be Call Me Kat. Fox renewed the sitcom for its second season not long ago. Filming for that season is about to start if it hasn’t already. Bialik told THR, “We will film 18 episodes [of Call me Kat] starting at the end of September through the end of March.” However, she won’t be working on the show full time. The current Jeopardy! host said, “…we have hiatus week every two or three weeks,” on the show. So, she’ll have a little extra time.
However, Mayim Bialik can’t spend all of her downtime on Jeopardy!. “Essentially,” she said, “every week that I have off, my children will be sharing it with Jeopardy!.” Additionally, episodes of her podcast come out weekly. As a result of the combination of professional obligations and family time, Bialik seems to have very little free time.
Bialik: Busy but Happy
Mayim Bialik doesn’t seem unhappy with her current workload, though. In fact, she recently talked about how happy she was to step behind Jeopardy!’s legendary lectern. She said that she loves working on her sitcom as well as the podcast. However, nothing tops hosting America’s favorite quiz show.
She says that Jeopardy! is her dream job. “It is a dream job. I think it’s a dream job for anyone, but especially for someone who is trained first as a performer and then as a science communicator.” Many fans believe that her entertainment chops and education make her the right person for the job. She believes that it’s what makes the job right for her. “The use of my brain and my skillset feels best suited by this job on Jeopardy!.”