“Jeopardy!” is about to go into its 38th season of difficult trivia questions and outlandishly intelligent competitors.
The show had longtime host Alex Trebek by its side for 37 years, but the TV icon passed away in November after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Now, at the start of the new season, “Jeopardy!” executives finally picked the new full-time hosts for the program.
For a while, guest hosts were used to fill up the rest of season 37. However, it was always clear that by the start of filming for the next season a full-time person would be trained and ready to go. Mike Richards, the executive producer of the show, is now the host of the syndicated “Jeopardy!” show.
Meanwhile, Mayim Bialik will host primetime and other “Jeopardy!” related competitions or tournaments.
The New Season of Show
Last season was really a one-of-a-kind “Jeopardy!” and game show experience. According to Deseret, the new season will start up on September 13. In the meantime, there are plenty of reruns of past shows that will air for fans. The show is doing a tribute to Alex Trebek’s adventurous side by showing old iconic episodes.
For example, on August 19 will be the Machu Picchu episode from 2007, and on August 20 will be the Niagara Falls episode from 2009. It’s a wonderful reminder of the energy and charisma the talk show host had.
“Jeopardy!” ended last season with an exciting and amazing streak from Matt Amodio. He’s not done with his “Jeopardy!” experience just yet, either. The new season will continue his appearance on the show.
As of now, he is the third-highest winning contestant in the history of the show right behind other iconic contestants, Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer. Amodio currently has a massive jackpot of $574,801 and counting. He is also in fifth place for most consecutive wins given his 18-day winning streak. He’s been gracing the “Jeopardy!” stage since July 21.
Now, fans of Amodio and the show have to wait until September to see if that streak is going to continue. Jennings and Holzhauer have an iconic winning streak. Jennings won 74 and Holzhauer won 32. He’s got a long way to go before he can catch up to the two greats.
Matt Amodio extending his winning streak into the next season will likely help boost ratings for the show as Mike Richards takes over.
Fans will also see Mayim Bialik hosting very soon as well. Next year she will host the “Jeopardy! National College Championship” on ABC.
Fun Facts About ‘Jeopardy!’
“Jeopardy!” is pretty timeless and has been around for decades now.
According to Insider, the show will tape five episodes a day for 46 days of the year. This means that Mike Richards may be hosting full-time, but it’s not quite the typical full-time hours. At the end of the 36th season, the show hit the 8,000 episodes aired mark.
Richards and Bialik will continue to carry the torch of “Jeopardy!” success. The show has also accumulated 39 Emmy Awards during its time, which is more than any other game show on TV.
The show even won a Peabody Award in 2011, which is the most prestigious award in broadcasting.