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Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:35 am

In 2007, longtime host of The Price is Right Bob Barker retired at age 83. Regis Philbin (age 79, soon to be 80) is leaving Live with Regis and Kelly in November, and I don't expect that he will host anymore game shows afterward. So, it looks like the next oldest active game show host is Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek (70 years old, turns 71 in July).

With Drew Carey now hosting The Price is Right, the show has seen its ratings decline, although they are still decent enough to continue the show. However, once Alex Trebek decides to retire from Jeopardy!, would the show survive without Alex Trebek? Jeopardy! has consistently held the #2 spot in syndication for a very long time, only behind Wheel of Fortune. However, if Alex Trebek retired, most likely ratings would go down.

Personally, I think that a worthy successor to Alex Trebek would be Richard Karn. He did a great job hosting Family Feud IMO. Trebek's contract expires in 2014 when he will be 73-74 years old.

[Edited 2011-04-18 18:43:45]
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:48 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
I think that a worthy successor to Alex Trebek would be Richard Karn. He did a great job hosting Family Feud IMO.

Jeopardy and F.F. are world apart. Universes, maybe. Family Feud is a syndicated, B-list show with people who guess what the most popular answers to "Things you would find in your toilet bowl" are. Jeopardy is a high rated network show that tends to attract more intellectual and academic audiences. Both fun shows, but I just don't see Karn working on Jeopardy. Trebek has an aura of fitting in on Jeopardy, Karn doesn't in my mind.

I can't give you a good replacement for Trebek, but...I just don't see Karn as a possibility.
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:49 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
Personally, I think that a worthy successor to Alex Trebek would be Richard Karn


You did not pose your answer as a question.

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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:02 am

Quoting sw733 (Reply 1):
Family Feud is a syndicated, B-list show with people who guess what the most popular answers to "Things you would find in your toilet bowl" are.

Hahahaha, thank you, you just made my night!! I've been to a couple of tapings of Family Feud, but don't really watch the show. I watch Jeopardy! every night (if I'm not working) and haven't been to a taping, but I would love to!
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:06 am

Quoting sw733 (Reply 1):
Jeopardy and F.F. are world apart. Universes, maybe. Family Feud is a syndicated, B-list show with people who guess what the most popular answers to "Things you would find in your toilet bowl" are. Jeopardy is a high rated network show that tends to attract more intellectual and academic audiences. Both fun shows, but I just don't see Karn working on Jeopardy. Trebek has an aura of fitting in on Jeopardy, Karn doesn't in my mind.

     


I can't imagine Jeopardy without Alex Trebek...

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
Trebek's contract expires in 2014 when he will be 73-74 years old.

Wow, I thought he was "younger" than that. Well is there a chance that he'd renew his contract for another 5 years or so?
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:30 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
However, once Alex Trebek decides to retire from Jeopardy!, would the show survive without Alex Trebek?

I can't say whether it would survive, but it's worth noting that Jeopardy was around before Alex Trebek.

I'd imagine Johnny GIlbert would retire at the same time as Alex Trebek, so they'd need a new announcer as well.

I would certainly still watch Jeopardy without Trebek. Though he's certainly a much-loved staple of the show, the format of the show is such that it could relatively easily go on with a new host, in my opinion.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:41 am

Category: Quiz Masters

Answer: Art Fleming.

Question: Who was the original host of Jeopardy.

As far as I can tell, Fleming hosted the program from 1964 to 1975. Proof that the show can succeed with someone other than Alex Trebek as host.

By the way, my vote for Trebek's replacement would be John O'Hurley (Question: Who played J Peterman on Seinfeld?).
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:45 am

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 6):
Question: Who played J Peterman on Seinfeld?

Cateogry: B-List TV Show Hosts "I give you the show title, you give me the host"

Answer: Family Feud

Question: Who is John O'Hurley?

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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:07 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Thread starter):
once Alex Trebek decides to retire from Jeopardy!,

Perish the thought! I can't even thing who any replacement would be for Alex. Chuck Woolery? John O'Hurley maybe. Someone not too comically enclined. An intelligent Andy Richter type.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:09 am

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 6):
Answer: Art Fleming.

Question: Who was the original host of Jeopardy.

I was just a little Moose back then, but I remember Art Fleming - I guess I started watching in the late '60s. I had no idea Trebek was 70 years old, although it does make sense - I remember seeing him as host of "High Rollers" back in the mid-70s, and that was 35 years ago.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:10 am

Quoting seb146 (Reply 8):
Chuck Woolery?

Chuck Woolery is almost the same age as Alex Trebek, with less than a year difference in age.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:31 am

Quoting JetBlue777 (Reply 4):
I can't imagine Jeopardy without Alex Trebek...

Audiences said the same thing about Art Fleming when "Jeopardy!" came back to television in the mid 80s.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:52 pm

How about this: Alex Trebek's replacement is...Will Ferrell!!   
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:15 pm

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 10):
Chuck Woolery is almost the same age as Alex Trebek, with less than a year difference in age.

Woolery just seems younger due to the plastic surgery.


Chalk me up for not realizing Trebek is in his early 70s. Certainly look really good these days.

To be honest I am hard pressed to think of a suitable host at this point. While game shows were once a staple of TV they are a bit of a dying breed. Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have had considerable staying power over the years, while other franchises -- Family Feud in particular -- have struggled through multiple hosts. Dawson was pretty iconic, Ray Combs did a good job of making the show is own, but you'd hardly call it successful since his death all those years ago.

Maybe IBM's Watson could host.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:20 pm

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 12):
Will Ferrell!!

  

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 13):
Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have had considerable staying power over the years, while other franchises -- Family Feud in particular -- have struggled through multiple hosts.

Cash Cab is doing pretty well these days. Different format, yes, but still a trivia game show.
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:28 pm

I'd bet it would be someone you've never heard of. Maybe an NPR or PBS type host. Remember, he (or she!) has to be rather worldly, and able to pronounce weird tish from all over the lingual spectrum.

I remember when I was in 3rd grade studying ancient Mexico, and not knowing how to pronounce Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), but then there was a Jeopardy! question about it, and Alex Trebek taught me how to say it.

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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:35 pm

How about Ben Stein for a replacement?   
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:10 pm

Trebek looks amazing for his age and seems to be in good shape. I'd say he's good for another 10+ years, if they decide to extend his contract out.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:27 pm

Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 17):
Trebek looks amazing for his age and seems to be in good shape. I'd say he's good for another 10+ years, if they decide to extend his contract out.

Well, he did suffer a heart attack in 2007, however, he has been going strong since then.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:35 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 1):
I can't give you a good replacement for Trebek, but...I just don't see Karn as a possibility.

I love the show, but I've never been a fan of Alex Trebek. I remember years ago someone said when they hit a daily double, "I'd like to bet $1500 Alex" he responded something to the effect that you don't bet on this show you wager.

Personally, I think Ben Stein could do his job. He's a smart guy, maybe a little too dry of humor for the show though. I do remember a celebrity show once where George Wendt from Cheers showed that he was really smart as well.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:36 pm

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 12):
How about this: Alex Trebek's replacement is...Will Ferrell!!

Now THAT would be awesome!

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 13):
Chalk me up for not realizing Trebek is in his early 70s. Certainly look really good these days.

  
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:40 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 19):
I love the show, but I've never been a fan of Alex Trebek. I remember years ago someone said when they hit a daily double, "I'd like to bet $1500 Alex" he responded something to the effect that you don't bet on this show you wager.

Personally, I think Ben Stein could do his job. He's a smart guy, maybe a little too dry of humor for the show though. I do remember a celebrity show once where George Wendt from Cheers showed that he was really smart as well.

Trebek can crank up the smugness for sure, but that is part of his charm.

Now Ben Stein I don't particularly like. He was ok on "Win Ben Stein's Money" back in the day on Comedy Central... but I dislike him more and more each day.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 14):
Cash Cab is doing pretty well these days. Different format, yes, but still a trivia game show.

Now Ben Bailey would be an interesting host for Jeopardy!. Though I have a hard time picturing him in a suit everyday. but I think his stand-up comedy background would work well in a traditional game show format.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:35 pm

How about the guy that was the host of the short-lived "Rock & Roll Jeopardy!" spin-off, Jeff Probst? I'm sure they could film around his "Survivor" commitments. Or how about Tom Bergeron, who besides hosting "Dancing With The Stars", hosted the most recent incarnation of "Hollywood Squares"?
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:54 pm

Quoting D L X (Reply 15):
I'd bet it would be someone you've never heard of. Maybe an NPR or PBS type host. Remember, he (or she!) has to be rather worldly, and able to pronounce weird tish from all over the lingual spectrum.

I disagree. It's going to be a well known TV game show or reality show host. Most of these people are pretty worldly, you just don't see it because they're known for their American antics (which tend to get dumber and dumber these days, unfortunately)
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:54 pm

People on here are throwing out names of relatively famous or well known people to succeed Alex Trebek on Jeopardy but has anyone ever given the thought of casting a relatively unknown in the role? After all, who were Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak before they took over hosting duties of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune? Alex Trebek was a nobody and Sajak was a weatherman... Some of the best talent out there is often the ones nobody hears about...
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:10 pm

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 24):
Sajak was a weatherman

I'll give you that Sajak was not very well known outside of the local circuits, but:

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 24):
Alex Trebek was a nobody

              
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:59 pm

I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Kebert Xela.
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:17 am

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 25):

Ok, maybe I was exaggerating about Trebek being a "nobody". Really... he was in a number of older shows, the majority of them for a few years or less each. If he never got started with Jeopardy, would we really know who he was?

A list of the shows he hosted before Jeopardy:

1. Music Hop (1962–1972) - Host from 1963–1964
2. Vacation Time (1964) - Co-host
3. Reach for the Top (1966–1973) - Quizmaster
4. Strategy (1969) - Host
5. The Wizard of Odds (1973) - Host
6. Double Dare (1976–1977)
7. High Rollers - Host (NBC, 1974–1976, 1978–1980)
8. Stars on Ice (CTV, 1976–1980) - Host
9. The $128,000 Question (1977–1978)
10. Wall $treet (1980–1981)
11. Battlestars (1981–1983)
12. Pitfall (1981–1982)
13. Malcolm (1983 pilot)
14. Jeopardy! (1984–present)
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:31 am

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 12):
How about this: Alex Trebek's replacement is...Will Ferrell!!

Nononono. Charlie Sheen!...or Betty White...we just can't get enough of her...

Quoting chrisair (Reply 26):
I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Kebert Xela.

I don't know whether to laugh or smack you...but yes...I took the bait!

How about Ken Jennings?
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:38 am

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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Kebert Xela.

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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:24 pm

Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 17):
Trebek looks amazing for his age and seems to be in good shape. I'd say he's good for another 10+ years, if they decide to extend his contract out.

That depends if HE wants to. Lord knows how much he's worth, but I'm sure it's a lot.

He may be in "I'm ready to retire to my private island" mode.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:56 pm

People who might replace Alex Trebek for $400.

Who is Mo Rocca.

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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:42 pm

Quoting luckyone (Reply 28):
How about Ken Jennings?

That would be pretty damn cool!

In fact, I could see Jeopardy doing a thing where if you won, say 30 days in a row, you get to be the new host.

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 27):
1. Music Hop (1962–1972) - Host from 1963–1964
2. Vacation Time (1964) - Co-host
3. Reach for the Top (1966–1973) - Quizmaster
4. Strategy (1969) - Host
5. The Wizard of Odds (1973) - Host
6. Double Dare (1976–1977)
7. High Rollers - Host (NBC, 1974–1976, 1978–1980)
8. Stars on Ice (CTV, 1976–1980) - Host
9. The $128,000 Question (1977–1978)
10. Wall $treet (1980–1981)
11. Battlestars (1981–1983)
12. Pitfall (1981–1982)
13. Malcolm (1983 pilot)
14. Jeopardy! (1984–present)

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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:45 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 1):
Family Feud is a syndicated, B-list show

Uh, you don't know much about the history of that show, do you? It was anything but B-List during the Dawson and Combs runs.

Also, Jeopardy is syndicated.

Quoting D L X (Reply 15):
I'd bet it would be someone you've never heard of. Maybe an NPR or PBS type host. Remember, he (or she!) has to be rather worldly, and able to pronounce weird tish from all over the lingual spectrum.

Wouldn't mind seeing someone like Kai Ryssdal host.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:21 am

Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 6):

By the way, my vote for Trebek's replacement would be John O'Hurley (Question: Who played J Peterman on Seinfeld?).

That would be awesome. But if can't/won't, I guess I'll do it.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:01 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 33):
Uh, you don't know much about the history of that show, do you? It was anything but B-List during the Dawson and Combs runs.

I absolutely know about the history of the show. I also know today is 2011 and can you even name off the top of your head what network you can watch Family Feud on and who hosts it? No wikipedia, no Google, off the top of your head. Combs left in, what, early 1990s? That was 20 years ago...

Quoting texan (Reply 31):
Who is Mo Rocca.

Man that guy drives me nuts! Don't know what it is about him but I can't stand the dude.
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:25 am

Quoting sw733 (Reply 35):
...can you even name off the top of your head what network you can watch Family Feud on and who hosts it?

Last I heard, Louie Anderson was the host, but I don't know if he still is. It's a syndicated show, so it isn't on a "network" - it all depends on what channel picks it up in each market. I don't remember where or when it is on in my local market, I haven't watched it in about 20 years. As noted above, Jeopardy is also syndicated - it is on about 3 times, on different channels, each day on my cable system.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:00 am

Quoting moose135 (Reply 36):
Last I heard, Louie Anderson was the host, but I don't know if he still is.

I was flipping through the channels yesterday and noticed that Steve Harvey was hosting. I have not idea when that episode was taped.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:52 am

Quoting moose135 (Reply 36):
Last I heard, Louie Anderson was the host, but I don't know if he still is. It's a syndicated show, so it isn't on a "network" - it all depends on what channel picks it up in each market. I don't remember where or when it is on in my local market, I haven't watched it in about 20 years. As noted above, Jeopardy is also syndicated - it is on about 3 times, on different channels, each day on my cable system.

Louie Anderson hasn't hosted since 2002, that year he was replaced by Richard Karn. Richard Karn remained host until 2006, when he was replaced by John O'Hurley. John O'Hurley stepped down last year, and Steve Harvey became host for the new season.
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:16 am

Quoting fxramper (Reply 16):


How about Ben Stein for a replacement?

I'm a huge fan of Ben Stein! I love his "clear eyes" gig!


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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:57 pm

Quoting moose135 (Reply 36):
Last I heard, Louie Anderson was the host, but I don't know if he still is

Nope

Quoting moose135 (Reply 36):
it all depends on what channel picks it up in each market.

Well I meant whomever has it in his local market, if anyone. I personally have no idea if it is played in my local market in Kansas City. Not a clue!

Quoting RJLover (Reply 37):
Steve Harvey was hosting

Yep, he is the current host, and Joey Fatone (of NSync fame) is the announcer. I definitely had to Wikipedia this to find it out! I had absolutely no clue that Steve Harvey was doing Family Feud these days.

So, I hope I didn't come off earlier as trying to be a jerk to N1120A - if you read this, I apologize if I did. My point was simply that YES, Family Feud used to be a big show. However, it is far, far, far from being anything important or impressive these days, and it's been that way for many, many year.
 
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RE: Jeopardy! After Alex Trebek...

Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:26 pm

Quoting Geezer (Reply 39):
I'm a huge fan of Ben Stein! I love his "clear eyes" gig!

Ben Stein used to be funny, until he jumped off the deep end with his Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed "documentary" criticizing evolution. These days, if you don't accept that evolution occurred, you're either ignorant or stupid. And I don't think someone with Ben Stein's academic credentials can be considered ignorant. Not that intelligence is necessarily required to read Jeopardy answers, but it does contribute to the atmosphere of the show.
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