‘Jeopardy!’ Officially Names ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ Producer as New Showrunner

by Leanne Stahulak
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After stepping in as interim executive producer seven months ago, Michael Davies has officially accepted an offer to be the full-time Jeopardy!showrunner.

Davies addressed his new permanent role in a blog post on the “Jeopardy!” website. His previous work includes producing shows like “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “Talking Dead,” but now Davies will focus his efforts on producing “Jeopardy!”, per The Hollywood Reporter.

“Today, I am delighted to announce that I have accepted Sony’s offer to become the show’s full-time executive producer,” Davies wrote. “I am both honored and humbled by the faith the studio and the staff have put in me. Over the next few months, the scope of our plans will become clear. But, for now, I just want to thank everyone in the Jeopardy! community for your phenomenal support.”

Fans have loved the work Davies has done so far. He’s introduced measures like the Daily Box Scores, which update fans on different contestant statistics. He also set a new schedule for upcoming seasons so that the Tournament of Champions always occurs in the fall “postseason.”

Davies stepped in as a “Jeopardy!” producer after Mike Richards resigned from the post. Richards was tapped to both host and produce the show. But allegations and lawsuits resurfaced about his harassment history. Richards resigned shortly into filming Season 38 of the game show, and Davies quickly took his place as executive producer. Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings stepped in to co-host the show.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Sony should settle on a new permanent host after Season 38 wraps up this summer.

New ‘Jeopardy!’ Showrunner Michael Davies Opens Up About Producing Show

In his blog post, “Jeopardy!” executive producer Michael Davies sang the game show’s praises, from its concept to its fans.

He started out by explaining what it is, exactly, that producers do. “I imagine TV shows, or find shows other people have imagined, and then I build them. And once they’re built, I supervise the way they work and try to protect them,” Davies wrote.

He added, “Jeopardy! does not need to be imagined or reimagined. It is honestly the most perfect idea, both classic and essentially modern. Its air is filled with a constant barrage of brilliant writing and a parade of memorable contestants. We have two gifted hosts. The team who make the show are passionate about their work and committed to the daily pursuit of excellence that Jeopardy! requires. But most of all, Jeopardy! has a fan base like nothing else I have seen in television outside sports.”

Few people care as much or pay as close attention to detail as “Jeopardy!” fans. Davies has learned that the hard way this year. But he’s more than willing to work with and interact with fans about it.

“We all share the same goal: to see the show we love be as good as it can be,” Davies said. “Johnny’s reassuring voice at the beginning of every episode literally reminds us of our history and responsibility.”

He added, “I have always known that the job of Executive Producing this show was to be a custodian of something that has meant so much to so many people for so long and to protect the work of those who created and built something so magical. But it is also a building job. And a development job. And that is the kind of Executive Producer role that is a dream for a producer like me.”

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