JAMES Holzhauer shouted “Jeopardy!” for the announcement of new episodes are shot without authors.
The 32-time champion and jeopardy! The Masters antagonist called the decision hypocritical in a scathing Twitter post.
The Return of Jeopardy! September 11th is fast approaching.
But with the ongoing strike, no one was sure what the popular game show, which only employs WGA writers, would do.
Showrunner Michael Davies announced the complete overhaul of the program on Monday in light of the ongoing strike.
In a new episode of Inside Jeopardy! On the podcast, he announced that regular airing would be postponed because the “best episodes” are those where “our writers write original material.”
However, the highly anticipated 40th season will continue its fall premiere with recycled questions and participants.
In lieu of the annual Tournament of Champions or regular episodes, there’s an emergency special made up of dusted clues and season 37 contestants [or 2021] is filmed instead.
Legendary contestant James didn’t believe it and took to Twitter just hours after the decision was announced.
He wrote: “If you don’t have time to listen, here is the synopsis of today’s announcement:
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“1:00-2:00: The writers of Jeopardy are invaluable and without them we could not produce the show
“2:00-15:00: This is how we will produce the coming season without them.”
FANS REACT TO JAMES’ TWEET
“Yikes,” replied one Twitter user.
“Disappointing,” wrote another.
“Somehow it doesn’t surprise me,” wrote a third.
“Can’t we have producers named Mike/Michael direct the show? It’s obvious Davies wants to milk the show even more dry, especially during the dueling strikes,” wrote a fourth.
RECYCLED QUESTIONS & PARTICIPANTS
EP Davies shared the contingency plan on the show’s weekly podcast.
“Basically, I don’t think it would be fair for new participants to appear on the Alex Trebek stage for the first time with non-original material or material written before the strike.
“So we decided that we really needed to invite back players who probably thought their chance to come back and play on the Alex Trebek stage was gone forever and give them a second chance in general.”
Davies announced they will open the season with a second chance tournament for Season 37 players [or 2021] who lost their first game and their winners will receive a Season 37 & 38 Champions Wild Card.
The short winners of seasons 37 and 38 will then compete against each other using recycled material.
At some point, the Tournament of Champions will take place in 2023: “As soon as we get our authors back.”
After that, new episodes and new participants will take the stage.
This comes after the 2023 Tournament of Champions, which was supposed to open the 40th season, was postponed, but almost all the champions involved boycotted it until the strike was resolved.
“We miss our authors”
Earlier in the podcast, Davies shared his appreciation for Jeopardy! Still a writer.
“There’s something I have to say right off the bat, and that’s how much I admire and miss our writers,” he said. “You are beloved and valued members of the Jeopardy! team, just as they value every other member of our team. … That’s really a family that made this show.”
The question remains as to who will be the host.
47-year-old Mayim Bialik stepped down as host for the remainder of season 39, and by the end of the season, Ken Jennings had already been criticized for being a so-called scab.
Ken would face an enormous test if he did again picket lines, but since he has done so before, he will most likely be hosting Season 40.
One fan responded on Reddit: “This is a mess lol. I’m sure Michael Davies is being pulled in a number of different uncomfortable directions, but production should be halted, point by point.”
24-year-old Mattea Roach, a fan favorite, commented on the alleged move last week: “It would be better if the season didn’t start new episodes until the strike is resolved.”
Amy Schneider previously tweeted: “Disappointed to hear that Jeopardy is considering this course of action. By the way, I will also not take part in Jeopardy productions that are not used.” new Notes written by their amazing unionized writers under a fair, collectively negotiated contract.”
In the meantime, and perhaps to woo the fans, the second- and third-place prize purses will be increased by $1,000, meaning second-place finisher will receive $3,000 and third-place finisher $2,000.