‘Jeopardy!’: When Will Ken Jennings Begin His Clue-Reading Duties on the Show?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The 37th season of Jeopardy! premiered final night time.

Johnny Gilbert was on obligation, sounding as nice final night time as he has during the last thirty plus years. Check. Alex Trebek was again, wanting properly and on the prime of his recreation. Check. Contestants have been able to play, socially distanced as promised. Check.

New present consulting producer Ken Jennings? He’ll be beginning his on-air duties on Jeopardy! tonight.

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‘Jeopardy!’ is again and life appears a bit extra regular

With new episodes of the long-running recreation present again on ABC, issues really feel again of their place to a small diploma. After being on tv every day for nearly 40 years, Jeopardy! is a tough behavior to interrupt.

As the traditional answer-and-question present’s new Executive Producer Mike Richards famous on the present’s web site, “I feel the world wants one thing to be completely satisfied about. So when the best quiz present of all time begins airing new episodes, then they’ll take a deep breath and say ‘Oh, it’s Jeopardy!, it’s the identical nice present, and it’s even higher.’”

Ken Jennings begins his ‘gig’ on ‘Jeopardy!’ tonight

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According to the present’s web site, Jennings will probably be seen studying the clues for particular classes beginning tonight, Sept. 15, on the brand new season’s second episode.

The present’s press launch saying the addition of the Jeopardy! GOAT in a brand new on-staff function defined extra about what his particular duties will probably be.

“74-time champion and recently crowned JEOPARDY! G.O.A.T. Ken Jennings is joining the show as a Consulting Producer this season,” the assertion stated. “In his new role, Ken will present his own special video categories, develop projects, assist with contestant outreach, and serve as a general ambassador for the show. Viewers can see the first of his video categories in the second episode of the season, airing Tuesday, September 15.”

As the 46-year-old advised Good Morning America this week, “It’s a great gig being a goodwill ambassador for a show that has so much goodwill.”

How has ‘Jeopardy!’ modified for Season 37?

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeopardy! turned to older episodes, and never simply any older episodes.

Following the Teachers Tournament, which resulted in June 2020, the present started airing the thrilling GOAT event from earlier this 12 months; Ken Jennings’ first and final video games from his 74-game run; and the primary week of exhibits from Alex Trebek’s debut in 1983, mustache and all.

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In July 2020, Sony introduced that Jeopardy! would resume, with particular precautions taken to guard all employees members, contestants, and host Alex Trebek.

“The set has been a little spruced up this season,” Jennings continued in his dialog with GMA. “The thing you’ll notice for COVID is that the individual contestant podiums, the lecterns, are now socially distanced; they’re feet apart instead of being a single bank. And Trebek will stay at the host podium instead of coming over to the contestants because Alex’s health is priority No. 1.”

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