Being big Jeopardy
fans, MrsBlue and I are fascinated by the process of
replacing the late, great Alex Trebek as the show's host. Alex was beloved, so
these are big shoes to fill. So I cannot fathom the thinking that led to Dr. Oz
being one of the guest hosts. His history of
and bad medical advice is well-known, so he lacks the
credibility for such an intellectual show. And that aside, he is just a terrible
host. His delivery is weird, and personality-wise, he brings nothing. We have
continued to watch through his stint, but it is like not being able to look away
from a car wreck. We'll be very happy when his run ends after this week.
As for the others who have stepped in, Ken Jennings was first up. I assumed he
was being groomed for the spot when he joined the show last season, and was
optimistic. He was fine for the most part. Precise, empathetic for the
contestants, and, importantly, humble. But, we were surprised to come away
realizing how much being a professional broadcaster (or in this case, not being
one) plays into the experience. His delivery had a certain rushed, tense quality
to it, and his voice is not really suited to being a TV host. We were not
cognizant of how much those details would affect the experience. Executive
producer Mike Richards did much better than we expected. He handled things well
and was smoother than Ken, which is surprising when you learn that he was sort
of thrown into the spot at the last minute. Katie Couric also exceeded
expectations. In her case being a TV professional really helped. Her pacing was
great, and she exuded a lot of her trademark warmth. I've seen some vocal
complaints about her, so maybe we were in the minority, but we thought all told
she probably was the best of the guest hosts so far.
Based on those experiences, it's hard to be optimistic about Aaron Rodgers, who
steps in next week, as he also has limited broadcasting experience. But he is
smart, funny, and coolly charismatic, so he may end up doing great. We'll stay
open-minded and see how things work out.
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