TODAY star Craig Melvin has hinted that the updates Jeopardy! Which executives are going to the game show in the face of the strikes in Hollywood is a mystery.
During today’s PopStart segment, morning show host Carson Daly shared the specific changes that Jeopardy! will go through next season.
Carson, 50, announced that the reality competition’s reshuffle is due to the “ongoing WGA.” [Writers Guild of America] hit.”
The upcoming season 40 of Jeopardy! will “contain a mixture of new and old material”.
Carson announced that the show’s executive director, Michael Davies, 57, admitted that the clues for the next season would consist of a “combination of material that our WGA writers wrote before the strike.”
The TV host went on to explain that the showrunners are also bringing back contestants from “seasons 37-38” in conjunction with the use of “repurposed footage from previous episodes.”
Carson’s co-host Al Roker, 68, introduced the upcoming build of Jeopardy! in question and joked that they are also “re-booting candidates”.
The Voice host suspected that Jeopardy! would basically become a “revised iteration”.
Her fellow co-host Craig Melvin, 44, chimed in and questioned how Jeopardy! Fans would look at the show’s realignment method.
“If you Jeopardy! seen for years and remember some [of the clues]…wow,” Craig said, expressing his confusion.
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Apparently, neither Craig nor Al understood that decision, and they’re not the only ones.
Danger! Champion Amy Schneider, 42, has taken a stand against the show and sided with the WGA writers.
On July 26, Amy took to Twitter to announce her alliance with the WGA in light of their recent strike.
The 40-time Game Show winner retweeted a Deadline article reporting that Jeopardy! The showrunners planned to “recycle material” as their writing staff was reduced due to the WGA strike.
Amy emphasized in the quote tweet that it’s disappointing that supervisors would rather use old leads than delay season 40.
“I’m disappointed to hear that Jeopardy! considering this course of action,” she wrote.
“Anyway, I will not participate in any Jeopardy productions that do not use new cues written by their amazing, unionized writers under a fair, collectively negotiated contract.”
Fans took to Twitter to applaud the game show champion for staying loyal to the underdog.
“I would expect nothing less from someone as great as you. They’ve had repeats on the air for decades,” one fan tweeted.
Another thanked Amy for “supporting union writers.”
A third fan captioned: “Thanks Amy! Your vote is important. And as a long-time fan, I will boycott that too.”
Late last week dear Jeopardy! Champion Ray LaLonde criticized Reddit’s possible attempt to circumvent the WGA strike by reusing old cues, and many show stars followed suit.
The game show’s next season was set to kick off with the 2023 Tournament of Champions in early September – but there are no indications.
Ray – who qualified with 13 games won – has Jeopardy! may cross the picket line by reusing previous material.
The other frontrunners of the $250,000 Winners Tournament, including Cris Pannullo (21 wins), Hannah Wilson (8 wins), Ben Chan (9 wins) and Troy Meyer (6 wins), responded that in this case they didn’t either would attend.
‘I WILL NOT PLAY’
Ray captioned his Reddit message, “Start of season during WGA strike.”
He wrote, “Hi everyone, my name is Ray Lalonde and I was the Jeopardy! Champion last season.”
“I would like to break my usual social media avoidance and reach out to the wider Jeopardy! community if I may.
“There are now credible reports that the producers are making contingency plans to begin filming the next season of the show using old and/or recycled footage if the WGA strike remains unresolved.”
“I’m a lifelong fan of Jeopardy!.
“I am and will always be grateful for the experience I had on the show and the opportunity to compete in TOC is more than a dream come true to me.”
“Nevertheless, I believe that the show’s writers are an important part of the show and that they are entitled to use their professional actions to secure a fair contract for themselves and their WGA peers.”
Ray, who was the set designer on Handmades Tale, continued, “As a supporter of the union movement, son of a union member and a proud union member myself, I have informed the show’s producers that I will not do this if the strike remains unresolved.” Cross a picket line to enter the Tournament of Champions.
“I hope to say this publicly now, perhaps to influence a future decision without the writers moving on, and to encourage everyone else in the community who feels the same way to speak out as well.”
“A few small votes might not change your mind, but we can try. Thanks.”
May’s Hannah Wilson replied: “I’m with you Ray! A table of contents with all the recycled clues doesn’t sound like much fun to play anyway.”
Current star Ben Chan commented: “Ray, thanks for taking that stand. If you’re out, I’m out.”
Cris Pannullo, the 21-day $748,000 poker ace and ToC leader, replied, “As I’ve said to Ray personally, although like all of us I’m a huge Jeopardy! fan and it’s been a dream to be on the show To perform, I fully agree with his stance and will not be participating in any games made up of recycled clues while the WGA strike is in effect. Glad to see Hannah’s (edit: And Ben’s!) contribution here too – Cris Pannullo.”
“I’m siding with Ray,” wrote fan favorite Troy Meyer, staunchly refusing to compete in that manner.