Out of the Blue

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 peddling snake-oil 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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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 4, 2021, 20:00
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Jonjonz wrote on Apr 1, 2021, 07:05:
Really good game show hosts, they are rare and hard to replace:
Alex Trebek, Bob Barker, Bill Cullen, Groucho Marx, John Charles Daly, and Pat Sejak.
It's hard to find replacements beside people.
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I have tried to watch Jeopardy and none of the guest hosts have been good to me. Alex was just...perfect.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Apr 1, 2021, 07:05
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Really good game show hosts, they are rare and hard to replace:
Alex Trebek, Bob Barker, Bill Cullen, Groucho Marx, John Charles Daly, and Pat Sejak.

This comment was edited on Apr 1, 2021, 07:16.
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Apr 1, 2021, 06:04
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The elephant foot is scary. The only thing scarier is that scientists have found a fungus snacking on it.
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Mar 31, 2021, 18:49
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Mar 31, 2021, 18:49
 
Make LeVar Burton the next host of Jeopardy!

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Mar 31, 2021, 18:02
 
Looking forward to Anderson Cooper and Mayim Bialik!
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Mar 31, 2021, 17:48
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Mike Richards was a breath of fresh air. He was engaging and also himself engaged, which made you feel that connection to the show that Trebek brought. Katie Couric seemed like a librarian telling you what stack a book was in. There was no even hint of excitement and I can't see her breaking out the Trebek snark ever. A little too blase for me.

Personal distaste for Oz aside, he's just not engaging. When he tries to joke or fill in a detail on a bit of trivia he just sounds like a dick trying to make you feel bad
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Mar 31, 2021, 17:41
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Wheres LeVar?
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Mar 31, 2021, 17:08
 
Quinn wrote on Mar 31, 2021, 17:01:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 31, 2021, 16:13:
Quinn wrote on Mar 31, 2021, 15:45:
Hey Blue, off-topic but news: OUTRIDERS can now be preloaded.
It's "Out of the Blue" so almost everything is on-topic.

I designed our new garden today. Less tiles, more ground for flowers and a patch of fake grass for the kids to play on. Still got an attic that's only 75% done renovating though, which is a thorn in the side, but I need to finish that first. My favourite Italian pilsner, Birra Moretti, has finally entered the Dutch grocery stores. They advertise it as "l'Italia Autentica" but I'm pretty sure they did something to the formula. Authentic my ass. I've drank enough of the beer in Italy to know this tastes more like Budweiser than Birra Moretti. Also finished Season 1 of Hanna this evening. Was kinda bad, especially after having watched one of the best shows ever: The Night Manager. Now I'm off playing Vermintide 2 again on Cataclysm. Hard as hell. Nice community though.
Hanna the movie with Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana is one of my favorite films, but the series just didn't capture the magic of the movie.
Gardening is good for those lockdown blues.
Italian beer, not Belgian? For shame!
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Mar 31, 2021, 17:03
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Kxmode wrote on Mar 31, 2021, 16:25:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 31, 2021, 16:15:
I wonder if they considered Drew Carey...

Isn't he doing The Price is Right?

If he's not available, maybe Bill Hader would do it.
Actually, Bill Hader is an excellent suggestion.
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Mar 31, 2021, 17:01
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Mar 31, 2021, 17:01
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 31, 2021, 16:13:
Quinn wrote on Mar 31, 2021, 15:45:
Hey Blue, off-topic but news: OUTRIDERS can now be preloaded.
It's "Out of the Blue" so almost everything is on-topic.

I designed our new garden today. Less tiles, more ground for flowers and a patch of fake grass for the kids to play on. Still got an attic that's only 75% done renovating though, which is a thorn in the side, but I need to finish that first. My favourite Italian pilsner, Birra Moretti, has finally entered the Dutch grocery stores. They advertise it as "l'Italia Autentica" but I'm pretty sure they did something to the formula. Authentic my ass. I've drank enough of the beer in Italy to know this tastes more like Budweiser than Birra Moretti. Also finished Season 1 of Hanna this evening. Was kinda bad, especially after having watched one of the best shows ever: The Night Manager. Now I'm off playing Vermintide 2 again on Cataclysm. Hard as hell. Nice community though.
Currently playing: V Rising, Evil Dead: The Game, Sea of Thieves, Ragnarock, Beat Saber
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Re: Star Citizen
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I don't think CIG will ever recoup their costs.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 31, 2021, 16:25
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 31, 2021, 16:25
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 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 31, 2021, 16:15:
I wonder if they considered Drew Carey...

Isn't he doing The Price is Right?

If he's not available, maybe Bill Hader would do it.
"The present is a veil between anticipation and horror. Lift the veil... and madness may follow." source
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Mar 31, 2021, 16:23
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It is April fools day here so I'm already in "Is this true?" mode for everything I read.
I find this day annoying as it renders even good websites as untrustworthy for a day or so.
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Birds make you as happy as money, study finds.

Only applies to people that have never seen the Hitchcock film.
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New York legalizes recreational marijuana, expunges former pot convictions.

I guess we'll see if legalization has any deleterious effects, but expunging those ridiculous pot convictions is a huge win.
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I wonder if they considered Drew Carey...
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Quinn wrote on Mar 31, 2021, 15:45:
Hey Blue, off-topic but news: OUTRIDERS can now be preloaded.
It's "Out of the Blue" so almost everything is on-topic.
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Hey Blue, off-topic but news: OUTRIDERS can now be preloaded.
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Mar 31, 2021, 15:16
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Mar 31, 2021, o15:11:
This morning, I tried the first can of Hormel's Sausage Hash.

To start, the sausage they use is incredibly mild. Given that it's canned hash, there's plenty of salt but it lacks any other distinctive flavor. For my first attempt I ended up adding black pepper and Tabasco. One of the things you absolutely must do is after heating it thoroughly is spreading it evenly across the bottom of the pan and let it sit until it becomes golden brown. Otherwise it is a touch mushy.

My next attempt will be next week and I am going to add some garlic powder, chile pequin that I made from last year's Tabasco pepper harvest, dried cilantro, and a little bit of coriander seed powder.

I'd say give it a try, just be prepared to add some things to the pan if you want more than a mild sausage, salt, and potato flavor profile.
Great review.
I was fixing to ask you if you'd tried it yet.
It's good to know that the sausage doesn't overpower the rehydrated potatoes or sodium background.
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