Jeopardy! has announced today that Season 38 will finish with the same hosting/producing team that has been in place already: Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will split hosting duties, whereas Michael Davies will continue to serve as Executive Producer, according to a tweet from the show sent out today.
“We are delighted to let you know our excellent and experienced team in front of and behind the camera will continue into 2022: [Mayim Bialik] and [Ken Jennings] will share hosting duties through the end of [Jeopardy!] Season 38, and Michael Davies will remain as executive producer”, said the tweet.
Editorially: This comes as no surprise to me here at The Jeopardy! Fan, as all three have done well in Season 38. Jeopardy! is currently the most-watched non-sports property on television, and this only looks to get better, as Amy Schneider is currently on a 13-game winning streak. Schneider returns December 20 in an attempt to continue her win streak. Moreover, this allows Sony more time to see what will happen with Bialik’s current sitcom Call Me Kat, which is ostensibly keeping Bialik from being able to host Jeopardy! full time at this point.
Season 38 is set to run until July 29, 2022.
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Yeah saw this coming a mile away I honestly wouldn’t be shocked if they just do this long term even if call me kat gets canceled allows mayim to do other stuff along with jeopardy same with ken he can do things like the chase plus this.
With both having hosted a similar number of episodes between their guest stints and interim hosting periods, I think it’s fair to say that Ken has been the superior host. I don’t think that Mayim is a poor host per sé, but the juxtaposition in hosting ability became very clear with the two tag-teaming this season. He commands the flow of the game better, has the better reading cadence, doesn’t feel robotic in times when he’s not reading the game material, and adds worthwhile commentary on game strategy. He just overall feels more natural and does a better job of helping me forget that Alex is no longer around.
I think the fairest outcome would be to return to the original arrangement, with Ken hosting the regular episodes and Mayim taking responsibility for the primetime editions and spinoffs. Those formats would better work to her benefit, and this way everybody can be satisfied no matter which host of the two they prefer.
Kara, well-said and mirrors my opinion to a tee.
“Experienced” is an odd choice of words when you consider the original guest host rotation deliberately excluded anyone with game show hosting experience. (That was presumably to pave the way for Mike Richards, but it’s still ironic.)
Ken’s done a nice job filling in and is pretty clearly the best we’ll realistically get at this stage. Mayim Bialik is also hosting Jeopardy for some reason. It’s nice to see a woman behind the host’s lectern.
I am especially happy to see Davies continuing. He understands what makes this show great.
Ditto Kara’s comments.
No doubt Ken Jennings is the better host. I wish they’d recognize that and name him as permanent host. For “variety” I think it’s fine to have Mayim for “specials.” She’s fine, not excellent in this role. Ken clearly is the master– hands down, no question about it–and should be recognized with the gig, full time. JMHO.