Two of America’s favorite game shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, are set to return to the studio. However, due to the coronavirus, viewers can expect a few changes.
The two long-running shows shut down production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, both shows begin filming this week and next.
The shows, created by Merv Griffin, are contracted through to the 2022-2023 seasons. Wheel of Fortune, which is hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, heads into its 38th season. Only one year behind, Jeopardy, hosted by Alex Trebek, goes into its 37th season.
In order to comply with health guidelines and social distancing protocols between contestants, Wheel of Fortune redesigned the wheel. Furthermore, on Jeopardy, the production team reconfigured the stage to allow for more space between the three contestant podiums. The show plans to keep contestants at proper social distances from host Alex Trebek.
At the Culver City, California studio where both shows film, only essential crew and staff are allowed on stage. Before coming to tape, the studio plans to use medical experts to test contestants for the virus.
Jeopardy plans to film five episodes a day, two days a week. The studio expects to begin filming this week. As for Wheel of Fortune, filming begins next week.
Statement from the Studio on ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’
A studio spokeswoman shared a statement with Deadline regarding the changes. “Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are returning to the studio to tape episodes for the shows’ upcoming seasons. The productions have protocols in place in accordance with current government guidelines to protect contestants, staff, crew and talent from the spread of COVID-19. While some things may have changed behind the scenes and on the set to keep everyone safe, fans can expect to see the same Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! they have come to love when the season starts.”