As regular readers of TV Banter know, I am a huge fan of Jeopardy! As a fan, I am concerned about the fate of the popular quiz show. It is facing setbacks and postponements due to the ongoing strikes by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
Let me be clear. I strongly support the writers and actors. However, I am also concerned about Jeopardy!'s future. The show has recently confirmed that it would be delaying the Tournament of Champions until the strikes are resolved. On last Friday's show, host Ken Jennings announced that the venerable game show had completed its 39th season and that there would be reruns for the reminder of the summer. The producers have confirmed plans to" deliver first-run episodes this fall" using the "best of our WGA written material." Understandably, this does not sit well with both competitors and fans. It certainly doesn't sit well with me. I think it would be an enormous mistake and that it would be detrimental to the show.
In May, Jeopardy! host, Mayim Byalik, who is an actor, decided not to continue her hosting duties on Season 39 in sympathy with the strikers. Her final episodes didn't air until July of 2023, after which she was replaced by Ken Jennings. No one knows how long the strikes will last. They could drag on into the fall and even into the winter and beyond. As of this writing, there is no end in sight. My hope is that Jeopardy! will not suffer any lasting effects from the strikes and that things will return to normal when the labour disputes are resolved.
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