A game show veteran, Richards also served as executive producer of “Jeopardy! ” since last year. Sony’s decision to hire him as a permanent host has generated some chuckle in the industry as to whether there was any real competition among the 15-plus personalities who have served as guest hosts over the past eight. month. Richards will continue in his role as executive producer of “Jeopardy! »And his companion« Wheel of Fortune »in addition to passing in front of the camera.
Former “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik was also asked to host a series of prime-time specials on ABC and a potential spinoff series for the syndicated quiz. Bialik was one of the hosts who have distinguished themselves as a guest host since January after the last shows hosted by Trebek aired. Bialik’s first project will be to host the “Jeopardy! National College Championship ”as a prime-time special for ABC next year.
Trebek died in November at the age of 80. He hosted the syndicated edition of “Jeopardy! »For almost 37 years. The Venerable Quiz is produced by Sony Pictures TV and first released by CBS Television Distribution.
Richards has also been criticized for his involvement in employment discrimination lawsuits involving women who worked for “The Price Is Right” during his tenure as executive producer. Details of the ten-year-old litigation surfaced last week after Variety reported that Richards was in advanced negotiations to become a host.
But in the end, Richards wowed Sony brass with his skill in juggling the demands of hosting, coordinating clues, calling out candidates – the multitasking that Trebek has made so easy all these years. Richards’ guest host slot came from February 22 to March 5.
“We’re excited to start the next chapter of America’s favorite quiz show with Mike hosting our daily show and Mayim hosting new versions of ‘Jeopardy! Said Ravi Ahuja, president of global television studios and business development for Sony Pictures. “We took this decision incredibly seriously. There has been a tremendous amount of work and deliberation, perhaps more than ever in the selection of hosts for a show – and rightly so because it’s “Jeopardy! and we follow the incomparable Alex Trebek. A group of senior executives from Sony Pictures Television looked at the footage from each episode, reviewed research from several panels and focus groups, and garnered valuable feedback from our key partners and “Jeopardy!” ” the viewers. “
Ahuja said Richards and Bialik have emerged as “natural choices” after the long period of guest hosts. Ken Jennings, the “Jeopardy! Champion who was once considered Trebek’s successor, will return to the series as a consulting producer. Jennings was the first guest guest to follow the final episodes of Trebek in mid-January.
Richards grabs the “Jeopardy!” »Podium after a career in the production and animation of television games. He has produced and hosted the WB Network dating series “Beauty and the Geek” and the reality show “High School Reunion” as well as game shows for Sony cable company GSN.
“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined being chosen to take on a role of this magnitude,” said Richards. “I am incredibly honored to step behind the lectern and will work tirelessly to ensure that our brilliant candidates shine in every episode. Alex believed that the game itself and the contestants were the most important aspects of the show. I have been fortunate enough to witness his professionalism, intensity and kindness up close and it will serve as the ultimate model as we continue to produce the show we love. I am delighted that Mayim is joining the Jeopardy! team. Her academic background and enthusiasm for the game made her a great host. It will be a privilege to produce the series in prime time with her as the host.
Bialik currently stars in the Fox sitcom “Call Me Kat”. The actor who got his child star in the NBC comedy “Blossom” fits “Jeopardy!” ”Demo given her history of taking a 12-year hiatus from acting to go on to earn a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2007. She got good reviews during her stint as a guest host from May 31 to June 11.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Jeopardy! family, ”Bialik said. “What started with my 15 year old repeating an Instagram rumor that I should be the guest host of the show has turned into one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities of my life! I’m so grateful and excited to continue working with Mike Richards, and I’m just over the moon to join forces with him and Sony. After all of the conversations we’ve had about this partnership, I’m so ready to get started!
(Sur la photo : Mike Richards, Mayim Bialik)