Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Today's Final Jeopardy! category is... Five More Years

Okay, so I have good news and bad news.

The good news first: Jeopardy! — America's favorite quiz show® (due in no small part to the substantial sums of cash they've slipped into my pocket over the past 19 years) — has been renewed for another five seasons by its syndicator, King World Productions, an arm of CBS Television Distribution.

Now the bad news: J!'s companion program Wheel of Fortune, one of the most inane game shows ever devised (come on, people — it's "Hangman," for crying out loud!), has also been renewed for five more seasons.

That sound you just heard was Alex, Pat, and Vanna together shouting, "Cha-CHING!"

In all seriousness, when I made my first J! appearances way back in 1988 (and yes, kids, we had color TV by then — indoor plumbing, too), none of us involved with the show would have dared imagine it would still be on the air — never mind the third-most successful program in syndication — after 23 seasons. Today, it's guaranteed to survive at least through its twenty-eighth campaign, by which time my close personal friend Alex Trebek will be measuring his age in geologic time.

Congratulations to all of the nice folks on the Jeopardy! production staff, who now have many more paychecks to look forward to.

Should they ever decide to pitch another one my way, I'd be a fool to say no.

Not that that's a hint, or anything.

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2 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Mr. Fabulous offered these pearls of wisdom...

But really, where else would poor Vanna get work?

5:22 PM  
Blogger Gooch offered these pearls of wisdom...

I think it's hysterical that the show for smart people and the show for dumb people air back-to-back. Seriously, how could anyone who watches one possibly be interested in the other? WOF was always bad, but when they started spotting people the RTLNS E, well, that was just ridiculous - like a real life version of the SNL "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch

8:16 AM  

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