triviawayne wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:35 am
earendel wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:49 am
Poster hbomb indicated on Facebook that the show will resume taping new shows later this month using an interim host. This information comes from a source not affiliated with the show, so take it for what it's worth.
he said a "possibly interim host".
Personal opinion is I just don't see the show doing that, if they did, it would feel like there's a revolving door at the podium where our beloved Alex once sat/stood.
If they really expect to begin taping again this month, that is a tall order given they need to pick the person, get the contract done, get the person to the studio for rehearsals and run-throughs, then start taping...all while the Thanksgiving break is looming.
If they were to go to an interim host, I would expect Jimmy from the Clue Crew as he has the experience and wouldn't need as much lead time, plus viewers already associate him with the show.
Dan Patrick, Jeff Probst, Todd Alan Crain, Ken Jennings, Pat Sajak and Pat Kiernan are just some of a few who could capably host J! on short notice if their schedules allowed. They have the pipes and experience to handle clue reading and interactions with the contestants.
Glenn Kagan would have been on the list as well though unfortunate circumstances eliminate that option.
Yes, Thanksgiving is coming up, but some people do work up until the M-W prior to the holiday. For rounding up contestants with little time to prepare just go down the call list. You available Nov. 17-19? Nope, next call. Keep going and enough willing people will be found to complete a taping day.
The interim host can work two days and boom, J! has two weeks of shows. Viewers will have objections to whoever does the job, but the interim tag makes it palatable.
For a level down on hosts that could do it though would likely need some practice and rehearsal I would put Anderson Cooper and Aisha Tyler on the short list.
Jimmy always gets mentions due to his Clue Crew work and I'm not sure whether he goes on the first list or second list.
One more name is Mike Richards. If he can wear more than one hat (Alex hosted an produced for a time) then he has sufficient hosting experience to step in also.
I would think contracts would be the least of the problems as smart people would not be dumb enough to let agents foul up a golden opportunity.
Let's say November tapings are out, if not for staff grieving as anything else. The first three weeks of December could be a time to make hay and get shows done for 2021. I still advocate for two weeks of vault airings around the holidays to put off Alex's last shows airing.
It's a cliche, but "The show must go on" will be in effect sooner than later.