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July 22nd, 2019 at 3:39:00 PM permalink
Good luck tomorrow! Hope you win big!
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July 22nd, 2019 at 4:40:23 PM permalink
Heard Alex say tonight, it will be reruns for the next 6 weeks. Unless tonight was a rerun this was announced July 22, 2019
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July 22nd, 2019 at 5:06:42 PM permalink
Quote: rxwine

Heard Alex say tonight, it will be reruns for the next 6 weeks. Unless tonight was a rerun this was announced July 22, 2019



My understanding is today is the last week of new season 35 games. There was something very special happen at this Friday's game, but I don't know what it was.

The new season starts Monday September 9. They taped that weeks shows today. I will be on Sept 16-20. In between, summer reruns as usual.
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July 22nd, 2019 at 5:46:40 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

My understanding is today is the last week of new season 35 games. There was something very special happen at this Friday's game, but I don't know what it was.

The new season starts Monday September 9. They taped that weeks shows today. I will be on Sept 16-20. In between, summer reruns as usual.



Maybe he retired?
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July 22nd, 2019 at 6:00:07 PM permalink
Though is prognosis is lousy maybe he could be in remission? Just means he either needs no more treatment at the moment or they can't see anything on their tests.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 7:31:35 AM permalink
Good luck today Babs!
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July 23rd, 2019 at 9:00:23 AM permalink
Best of luck Babs. Here's hoping for Casino Games and Aviation categories.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 9:37:23 AM permalink
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Best of luck Babs. Here's hoping for Casino Games and Aviation categories.



That would be awesome for her.

Name the city with airport:

$200 LAS
$400 IAH
$600 BOI
$800 RSW
$1000 CDG

I am guessing she would probably get all of them.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 11:43:02 AM permalink
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Best of luck Babs. Here's hoping for Casino Games and Aviation categories.



I hope she knows the airspeed of an unladen swallow. Both African and European.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 3:25:13 PM permalink
Quote: rxwine

I hope she knows the airspeed of an unladen swallow. Both African and European.

Hehe... Axel's bringing his coconut shell halves, so she'll be fine.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 3:56:52 PM permalink
Quote: gordonm888

Best of luck Babs. Here's hoping for Casino Games and Aviation categories.

During her game, she DID have a casino games category!!!!!!

I kid you not.

That's all I will say about her show.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 4:02:00 PM permalink
Wow, she gets bullets in the pocket? What luck!
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July 23rd, 2019 at 4:59:09 PM permalink
Oh, and Mike, it was very nice meeting you. I'm sorry we didn't have a chance to talk more.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 6:20:50 PM permalink
Quote: EdCollins

During her game, she DID have a casino games category!!!!!!

I kid you not.

That's all I will say about her show.



I am concerned that you phrase her "game" and her "show" in the singular. Maybe it would have been better to not have said anything. (sad face)
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July 23rd, 2019 at 7:27:16 PM permalink
She could have taped the fifth show
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July 23rd, 2019 at 7:27:17 PM permalink
She could have taped the fifth show
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July 23rd, 2019 at 7:35:06 PM permalink
Quote: rsactuary

She could have taped the fifth show

Correct.

Or, it's possible I only had tickets to attend the morning show, which tapes three games. If her first game of the day was not until that third game, that would have been the only game of hers that I would have been able to watch.
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July 23rd, 2019 at 10:44:18 PM permalink
Why did we have to sign those “non disclosure agreements” before seeing the show?

And how come it was hosted by Steve Harvey? I thought Alex Trebek was the Jeopardy host????
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July 23rd, 2019 at 10:51:45 PM permalink
Quote: RS

Why did we have to sign those “non disclosure agreements” before seeing the show?

And how come it was hosted by Steve Harvey? I thought Alex Trebek was the Jeopardy host????



That was Steve Harvey? I thought it was Montel Williams.
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July 24th, 2019 at 2:31:24 AM permalink
Quote: RS

Why did we have to sign those “non disclosure agreements” before seeing the show?

And how come it was hosted by Steve Harvey? I thought Alex Trebek was the Jeopardy host????



Lmao at Steve Harvey. I can not imagine him doing it. You should have said Ken Jennings.
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July 24th, 2019 at 7:02:04 AM permalink
Quote: EdCollins

During her game, she DID have a casino games category!!!!!!

I kid you not.

That's all I will say about her show.



Wow.
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July 24th, 2019 at 7:43:51 AM permalink
Quote: gordonm888

Wow.

I guess a little bribe money actually works once in awhile :-)

It seems as if they have the taping down to a science. I assume there was going to be a lot of downtime in between and it was going to take a lot longer. The time flew by.

BBB looks great on the the show we are all very proud of her so far. Still here in LA but not sure for how long.

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July 24th, 2019 at 7:55:42 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

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Mike has indirectly caused me multiple injuries, ill be limping for at least a week.



You guys should use a safe word.
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July 24th, 2019 at 9:04:06 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

I guess a little bribe money actually works once in awhile :-)

It seems as if they have the taping down to a science. I assume there was going to be a lot of downtime in between and it was going to take a lot longer. The time flew by.

BBB looks great on the the show we are all very proud of her so far. Still here in LA but not sure for how long.

Mike has indirectly caused me multiple injuries, ill be limping for at least a week.



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July 24th, 2019 at 9:07:21 AM permalink
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Mike has indirectly caused me multiple injuries, ill be limping for at least a week.



That is what you get for being the Bottom instead of the Top.
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July 24th, 2019 at 9:15:47 AM permalink
Quote: EdCollins

During her game, she DID have a casino games category!!!!!!

I kid you not.

That's all I will say about her show.



Yes, but how did you guys in the audience do in that Category?
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July 24th, 2019 at 9:21:27 AM permalink
Quote: rxwine

Yes, but how did you guys in the audience do in that Category?

I can't speak for the others... I sat in a different section and didn't get a chance to speak with any of them afterwards... but all five questions were very, very easy for me. I'd be VERY surprised if anyone else thought any different.
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July 24th, 2019 at 9:23:47 AM permalink
"What is Burning Man?" was the answer to one question (or rather, the proper question for the given answer) and I had to think Mike was smiling when that answer came up, with all of the prior discussions here on Burning Man.
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July 24th, 2019 at 9:34:31 AM permalink
Quote: EdCollins

I can't speak for the others... I sat in a different section and didn't get a chance to speak with any of them afterwards... but all five questions were very, very easy for me. I'd be VERY surprised if anyone else thought any different.



Agree, the casino questions were super easy.
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July 24th, 2019 at 10:51:16 AM permalink
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You guys should use a safe word.


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July 24th, 2019 at 2:44:01 PM permalink
Quote: rsactuary

Agree, the casino questions were super easy.



If you know the cat, they can seem ridiculous. The metal category was like ABCs to me.

"This band, fronted by Vince Niel..."

The band that played "we're not gonna take it."

Etc.

Pretty wimpy bands, but still easy.
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July 24th, 2019 at 2:46:46 PM permalink
Quote: Rigondeaux

If you know the cat, they can seem ridiculous. The metal category was like ABCs to me.

"This band, fronted by Vince Niel..."

The band that played "we're not gonna take it."

Etc.

Pretty wimpy bands, but still easy.



I would do terrible at any music, movie, tv, or pop culture type categories.
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July 24th, 2019 at 3:55:39 PM permalink
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"What is Burning Man?" was the answer to one question



The answer is.."This festival is the one you can try to get tickets online, but you won't get any"
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July 24th, 2019 at 8:48:02 PM permalink
Quote: EdCollins

"What is Burning Man?" was the answer to one question (or rather, the proper question for the given answer) and I had to think Mike was smiling when that answer came up, with all of the prior discussions here on Burning Man.



Yes, I was happy to see a Burning Man question, not to mention a whole category on casino games. However, I must confess there was a total eclipse question that I didn't get.

There was lots of prop betting on the day, including the color of Alex's tie. We're still arguing about that one.

As to Axel's injuries, there were plenty of feats of strength (celebrating Festivus early) while waiting for restaurant tables or the very slow valet service to get a car. Axel has some battle scars to impress the ladies with his bravery.
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July 25th, 2019 at 8:50:47 AM permalink
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However, I must confess there was a total eclipse question that I didn't get.



Same! My initial thought was "corona" but then immediately knew that wasn't right answer and I was hung up on it. Glad I wasn't actually playing because I would have buzzed in then regretted it.
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July 25th, 2019 at 8:58:21 AM permalink
Quote: rsactuary

Same! My initial thought was "corona" but then immediately knew that wasn't right answer and I was hung up on it. Glad I wasn't actually playing because I would have buzzed in then regretted it.

Me too! I remember thinking the answer was likely "What is penumbra?" (I think all correct responses in the category started with a P. I might be mis-remembering.) Anyway, Penumbra was not correct. I too might have buzzed in right away, and then with my incorrect answer, regretted it.
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July 25th, 2019 at 9:02:21 AM permalink
I was happy Alex took two of my questions.

For the first one, I simply asked him if he had a happy birthday yesterday. (I knew that the day before, on Monday, he celebrated his 79th birthday.)

For the second question, I asked him which of all of the former game shows that he hosted, was his favorite. (His answer was Battlestars and he briefly explained why.)
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July 25th, 2019 at 9:09:20 AM permalink
I asked how he would do if he were a contestant? I'm sure he gets that one all the time.

And your question reminded me that Alex and I have the same birthday!
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July 25th, 2019 at 9:16:59 AM permalink
I enjoyed hearing that he still drives himself to work each day, in his pickup truck I think he said.

I also enjoyed his response to the guy who asked, "What is the most interesting place on this earth you've visited." Alex began his reply with, "You added three words in that question that aren't necessary; 'On this earth.' I'm not an astronaut." This cracked us all up.
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July 25th, 2019 at 9:31:03 AM permalink
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I enjoyed hearing that he still drives himself to work each day, in his pickup truck



I believe that about as much as I believe he's spending time at home cutting up his old bathtub in pieces to remodel the place.😂
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July 25th, 2019 at 9:47:01 AM permalink
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I believe that about as much as I believe he's spending time at home cutting up his old bathtub in pieces to remodel the place.😂

One of my neighbors, who lives in the same complex that I live in, is in his mid 80s and he still drives. My grandfather, who passed away about ten years ago, was still driving well into his 80s. I don't know why Alex would specifically decide to lie to that question, so until I have evidence one way or another, I myself would be more inclined to believe it.

It does seem to me, however, that having a Jeopardy employee pick him up each day, would allow him to, for example, study some of the questions while on his way to the studio, or get other work done while in the car, on the drive to and from.
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July 25th, 2019 at 10:02:52 AM permalink
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I believe that about as much as I believe he's spending time at home cutting up his old bathtub in pieces to remodel the place.😂


He’s talked quite a bit about how home improvement is his primary hobby

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July 25th, 2019 at 10:07:28 AM permalink
Did anyone else find it odd that someone asked a question about home improvement and instantly someone popped up this picture? It felt scripted....
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July 25th, 2019 at 10:15:01 AM permalink
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For the second question, I asked him which of all of the former game shows that he hosted, was his favorite. (His answer was Battlestars and he briefly explained why.)



That was you?! I was going to ask him a similar question. Here is a clip from that show. Note the young Jerry Seinfeld.

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July 25th, 2019 at 10:16:28 AM permalink
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Did anyone else find it odd that someone asked a question about home improvement and instantly someone popped up this picture? It felt scripted....



I thought it was an audience plant who asked it. I've seen that picture before when Alex did an interview and said he enjoys doing home repairs and is a hoarder of all types of tools and hardware.
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July 25th, 2019 at 10:20:50 AM permalink
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One of my neighbors, who lives in the same complex that I live in, is in his mid 80s and he still drives. My grandfather, who passed away about ten years ago, was still driving well into his 80s. I don't know why Alex would specifically decide to lie to that question, so until I have evidence one way or another, I myself would be more inclined to believe it.

It does seem to me, however, that having a Jeopardy employee pick him up each day, would allow him to, for example, study some of the questions while on his way to the studio, or get other work done while in the car, on the drive to and from.



I'm not saying he can't drive. Most studios provide transportation for their stars and I imagine some may require they use it.
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July 25th, 2019 at 1:01:38 PM permalink
One of the Jeopardy! forums, they were asking about anyone who's been to these first two taping days to discuss any difference between last season and this. I attempted to answer, and thought some of you might find it interesting as well. So here it is, long but detailed.

I was at the taping on July 23rd. Phrasing everything I say as needed to mask results.

The set is absolutely awe-inspiring, when you first step on stage. I am not an expert in the details of the set/sound/etc. last season vs. this, so perhaps my observations are of no use, but the set is not tired (the word this other person used) in any respect. It gleams, with beautiful multicolor glows that fade from one to the next. There are chase lights that surround the top border, which is probably 40 feet high, that I think the tv audience only sees when the travel cam does the swoop-in shots of the whole set.

There is a translucent screen center-left that is softly backlit, and you see Alex Trebek's shadow for a moment before he steps onstage. He's the only one who enters or exits there; the contestants use 3 apron-wide steps from the front right of the audience, as do the production crew. There don't appear to be any wing entrances.

They have square hydraulic lifts behind each contestant podium, glossy black like the rest of the floor tiles, but with a white outline. I am almost 6 ft tall, and (I think) taller than both the (wo)men I played my first game against, so I think they raised both of them to get the look they wanted for the panel shots. It might be interesting to compare shots from multi-day appearances like James to see where the podium top hits him each day - whether they match or stage the relative heights while playing different contenders.

The privacy shields and casing for the red lights that indicate when you're the one who can answer are both made of thick, slightly smoked plexiglass. The privacy shields are also hydraulic. I had thought they would be manual swing-up hinged, but they rise up and lock in a slightly complicated way (not just straight up, they have a horizontal movement as well).

The intro music and all interludes seemed to be the same as previous seasons. However, Sarah from the clue crew was reading all the Johnny Gilbert lines, and it's possible that when they re-record with him they will use something else. But I would think it will be the same.

Alex Trebek has a podium where he sits. It has a large area where he spreads out his clue sheets, masked by a lit bumper that matches the set design and coordinates with the contestant podium. I always thought he stood during the J! and DJ! rounds, but it's very possible he's used it for a long time and I just haven't known it. It did occur to me at the time, that it might be a seated podium now to conserve his energy during a long taping day. But with camera angles, and the shot sequences during those rounds, they can make it look however they want. I'm guessing there will be no shot of him seated, and he was on his feet at several points anyway.

I will say, he seemed to be quite himself, despite the treatments. He visited with the audience, standing center stage and taking questions in the breaks, and did not have any trouble moving around the set or doing his job. I was busy in the breaks, though, and didn't pay that much attention to what he was saying.

At the audition, the buzz-in lights were represented by sets of 3 white lights top, bottom and both sides. But the actual set has two columns of maybe 50 small chase lights strung one on each side of the game board instead.

The scores are in large amber tote LCD displays, near the ceiling and to the left of the game board, directly above the camera used for panel shots. They were easy to read. The surprise to me was how much (in retrospect) I depend on watching scores during the show, because playing, you really only look at them during a DD pause or end of segment. It moves FAST up there.

I would guess it was 25-35 feet from the panel to the clue board, in a trapezoidal arrangement. I had some concern whether I could read the clues from the podium, (glasses on old eyes) and wondered whether they would zoom the entire board each time (they didn't) but the board clues were viewable (just).

I think there was a monitor that would show the shot of each clue close-up in a larger view, but it was a lot to ask of myself in the moment to find it. Perhaps if I make it to a Julia Collins level of games, I will have figured out where best to look in rhythm with the games. That monitor was where they showed any video or photo clues, but I didn't look at it otherwise.

The audience is seated in a severe rake so everyone can see really well. The contestants are seated in the audience, to one side, during tapings, so it's possible to get some ideas about what might work before your game if you don't have to go first. I had thought we would be isolated in the green room awaiting our first game, but we got to watch those who went before us.

Like I said, my frame of reference is very limited, so probably a lot of this was known to many of you, but hopefully some find it useful, if long.
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July 25th, 2019 at 1:19:32 PM permalink
Do you get the same amount of break time as a commercial break, or is that just imaginary?
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July 25th, 2019 at 1:22:32 PM permalink
Also the button, the button, what about the button?! Was it like you expected, the responsiveness, slowness. etc.,
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July 25th, 2019 at 1:36:13 PM permalink
Quote: rxwine

Do you get the same amount of break time as a commercial break, or is that just imaginary?

I can answer this, from the three games I observed.

The breaks are much longer than a typical commercial break.

Several times throughout the day Alex (apparently) stumbled a tiny bit while reading the questions. (Okay, reading the answers.) For example, he might mispronounce a company name, or he might miss saying the word "a" that was part of the clue or something very small like that. The producers and others monitoring everything from the front of the stage would catch this. So during the breaks they would point this out to him and so he would take a moment and recite that clue again, into the microphone. (Later, during the editing process of course, the second recitation will be inserted into the broadcast.)

Also, it was during the commercial breaks that Alex would often come up to the stage and chat with us and take questions from the audience. (I knew ahead of time that he would do this, but I initially suspected he might do this after each game but no, after each game he immediately went back stage to change clothes.)

During the first break in each game, if I remember correctly, he also takes a moment to stand for a photograph with each of the two challengers.

So the breaks are definitely longer than what you see on television.
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