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Michael Davies, who served as interim Executive Producer of Jeopardy! following the departure of Mike Richards, has accepted Sony’s offer to become full-time Executive Producer of Jeopardy!
“I am both honored and humbled by the faith the studio and the staff have put in me. Over the next few months, the scope of our plans will become clear. But, for now I just want to thank everyone in the Jeopardy! community for your phenomenal support,” Davies said in an article at Jeopardy.com.
Davies becomes only the fourth Executive Producer in the show’s history, following show creator Merv Griffin, Harry Friedman, and Richards.
Here at The Jeopardy! Fan, I would like to congratulate Michael Davies on accepting the full-time role. After his strong debut in the role, including introducing daily boxscores with more statistics for the fans, I can not wait to see what else he has in store for the program.
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Congratulations to Michael Davies. I was very impressed with his “pedigree” when i first read his intro earlier this season, especially by his earlier history with the show, and got a feeling that he did indeed understand the whole biosphere of the show that makes it so special and unique, and that he would work to maintain the traditions while also adapting what might need to change to stay relevant. You can only really get a full understanding of the family atmosphere if you have ever been on the set, and especially on stage, but my wife was equally impressed by the cameraderie and focus of everyone involved with the show from where she sat in the audience.
Here’s to many more years of success!
Now, could they please confirm Ken as the permanent regular game host. I have nothing against Mayim but Ken is the natural fit to replace Alex.
100% agreed. While Buzzy remains my dream pick, I’d take the one who truly loves the game and is the GOAT over the one who’s admitted to not watching regularly before she guest-hosted.
Congrats to M Davies. I too would like to see a refresh of Jeopardy. I would like a bonus for getting all answers correct in a category. I would like a bonus for best use of signal device. I would like a change in daily doubles like more of them. I would like somewhat easier questions for higher ending prize money and also let the contestants keep what they earned. Time for some changes in this 30 something year old game show.
Technically I’d just up the consolation prize amounts instead of the “let losing contestants keep their winnings” part. Merv got rid of letting losing contestants keep their winnings in the Trebek era because they’d stop playing after a certain point. But who knows what changes Davies will make to this format?
And to think we all thought the show wouldn’t last much longer back in August (when Richards was outed as an opportunistic dirtbag creep who tried cheating his way into replacing Alex, to say nothing of quite a few things Richards did to it such as trying to put teams into the National College Championship, firing some longtime employees, worse clue/judging quality, letting Dr. Oz guest host, etc.), with many people thinking the show should’ve died with Alex (even though he wanted the show to go on). I see nothing but good things for Michael Davies. While the clues still leave a lot to be desired, he’s more or less righted the ship. They probably should’ve hired him instead of Richards (though I’m certain they lured Richards in with the promise that he’d get to host J! once Alex died so they could save money on hiring both a host and a showrunner).