This morning, Jeopardy! announced tryouts for the Jeopardy! National College Championship. The announcement says: “The best players from each of 15 schools will be teamed up to compete in shows that will air in early 2021.”
Excuse me. Teams?
Anyone who even bothered to peruse Facebook and Twitter during the 2019 All-Star Games could have told you that the viewer feedback towards the team format was generally very negative. Your viewers made this point loud and clear: This isn’t Wheel of Fortune. Jeopardy! is an individual game, not a team game.
Moreover: Jeopardy! and its College Championship weren’t broken. It was one of the most popular tournaments going. I don’t understand why Mike Richards sees the need to make a move to change it up like this. Your individual players were some of the most brilliant young minds in America. There’s no need to team them up. This also opens up a massive question: What does this mean for a Tournament of Champions? Which, if any, of the winners would get a Tournament of Champions invitation?
In my opinion: This is a very bad move by Jeopardy. Viewers tolerated the team format for a two week special in 2019. I really don’t think they’ll be as forgiving in 2021.
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