‘Jeopardy’ enjoys the race of super champions after the host stumbled

NEW YORK (AP) – Like Mattea RoachAmy Schneider and Matt Amodio I can confirm, it’s cool to be smart again.

“Danger!” he is on an unusual line of super champions. In the last seven months, each of these contestants has reached the historical list of the top five winning series of television games. Roach’s run of wins is over at his 24th game on Friday.

The weather couldn’t be better for “Jeopardy!” – and fans of the show know everything about the weather.

The show was shaken last summer after it ruined the process of replacing the late host Alex Trebek. Mike Richards was fired both as a presenter and as an executive producer shows after the heartless statements he made on the podcast.

‘It really allowed people to fall in love with’ Jeopardy! ‘ again and forget about what happened to focus on all these amazing contestants, ”said Andy Saunders, who runs thejeopardyfan.com Web page.

Amodio, a doctoral candidate at Yale University, achieved 38 consecutive victories before being defeated last October. He soon gave way to Schneider, an Oakland engineering manager who was constantly on TV during the holidays before her series ended at 40. Roach, a 23-year-old teacher from Toronto, was the show’s youngest major champion.

They were joined by Ken Jennings, whose 74-game streak in 2004 was never seriously contested, and high-stakes gambler James Holzhauer, who won 32 games in 2019, in the game “Jeopardy!” the first five.

The show, which has been broadcast regularly since 1984, changed its rules in 2003 to allow people to stay until they lose. Prior to that, the winners were limited to five games.

Ask Michael Davies, the show’s executive producer, why the sudden race of big winners, and you’ll get a verbal shrug.

“I don’t have an easy answer,” he said.

The “price” for such long runs can be a series of boring games because the players are so dominant. Still, winning streaks create strong characters in ways that are unusual for games. People are cheering for or against them as they do for sports teams, said Saunders, who worked in the production of feature shows.

This is reflected in the ratings. “Danger!” audiences have increased by 400,000 this year in an era in which most shows are shrinking, Davies said. The game averaged 9.4 million viewers per night during the third week of April, more than any program that week on prime-time television, Nielsen said.

“People who win are the people who invest the most effort, those who are able to figure out what they’re looking for faster than anyone else,” Davies said.

Schneider and Roach were known for their impressive breadth of knowledge and rarely made mistakes. Amodio was particularly adept at difficult issues with high monetary value and sought them out first, pinning his hopes on a “shock and awe” strategy that demoralized opponents.

Ever since he was a producer, Davies has said “Jeopardy!” trying to expand on the topic that contestants face.

“We’re trying to test excellence,” said Davies, who was the producer of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire during Regis Philbin’s climax. “We try to test people as much as they really know. We don’t want it to be for people who know trivia. We want it to be for people who spend their whole lives reading books, gaining knowledge.

“We celebrate the facts,” he said. “We celebrate people who know things.”

Not all TV viewers know this, but “Danger!” usually record episodes lasting a week in one day. It can help a champion succeed.

But after losing, both Schneider and Roach pointed to fatigue as a factor.

“I think in the last two games I may have been just out of it,” said Roach, who had to come from behind for her latest win. “I was really, really tired. I remember yawning uncontrollably before I played my penultimate game. As far as I remember, I believe I was slower on the buzzer, I couldn’t come up with an answer. “

He will return to the annual Champions Tournament, competing with Amodio and Schneider. Davies, a sports fan, wants to put more emphasis on an event that brings together the best competitors each year, and ensure that it is held every year at the same time, in the fall.

“I think it’s pretty clear that this was good for the franchise,” he said.


Television writer Lynn Elber contributed to this report.

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