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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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alietr wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:08 am
Given all of the extra space afforded by HDTV, I wish they'd keep the scores on the screen in a corner.
I wish that whenever they have the “make a word out of the letters in this word” they would have the base word on screen when that category is chosen.

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Bamaman wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:23 am
alietr wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:08 am
Given all of the extra space afforded by HDTV, I wish they'd keep the scores on the screen in a corner.
I wish that whenever they have the “make a word out of the letters in this word” they would have the base word on screen when that category is chosen.
Yes. Totally.

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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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Bamaman wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:23 am
alietr wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:08 am
Given all of the extra space afforded by HDTV, I wish they'd keep the scores on the screen in a corner.
I wish that whenever they have the “make a word out of the letters in this word” they would have the base word on screen when that category is chosen.
Yes. Totally.

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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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alietr wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:40 pm
Bamaman wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:23 am
alietr wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:08 am
Given all of the extra space afforded by HDTV, I wish they'd keep the scores on the screen in a corner.
I wish that whenever they have the “make a word out of the letters in this word” they would have the base word on screen when that category is chosen.
Yes. Totally.
Now that Mark enters the game into j-archive so quickly, I sometimes go to that page while the game is in progress so I can keep track of the categories.

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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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alietr wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:08 am
Given all of the extra space afforded by HDTV, I wish they'd keep the scores on the screen in a corner.
I read this as HGTV, and had to think for a bit and wondered what the Property Brothers had to do with anything...but, yeah, definitely keep the scores visible. Frankly I don't pay much attention to the score except when it's DD time, and even then the info that I want is never on screen for long. You might get a quick flash of all 3 scores in a wide shot, followed by a close-up of the lucky contestant. Heck, they could sportify it by flashing up in-game stats like number right, number wrong, % accuracy, or % first on the buzzer - although that might make contestants a bit nervous about how they'd be perceived. Then again, the jeopardy of having -1000 right below my name would make me nervous anyway, - may as well add the "50% accuracy, 4R, 4W, 20% buzz-in" line too.

And +1 to the "keep the anagramed words up on the screen" suggestion also. In fact, for any wordplay clue, it would be nice to see the word up on the screen. Is the category 17-LETTER WORDS? Great, put it up so I can see it, with an X below the tenth letter. Are we playing "IN" THE BEGINNING? Cool, but maybe put the word "INSURRECTION" up on the screen, perhaps with the first two letters in yellow. Remember, J! isn't just for adults - it's for kids, too. You can hook a 7- or 8-year-old on J! with some wordplay.

Although, actually, I play along on a spreadsheet where I have the categories on top, so I can see the words. I help myself out by capitalizing any of the clues that require specific letter patterns. But I still have tremendous problems with "Boggle" style clues where you have to take a few letters from a long word and create a new word. I can do a complete anagram, but partial anagrams just flummox me.

Then again, there's something nice about the simplicity of J!. It's not flashy. Changes to actual game play are far and few between - "Wait until Alex finishes", elimination of the 5 game champion, elimination of Broyhill furniture prizes, the doubling of clue values, and new tournament formats (standard 2-week, MDM, Decades, celebrity, etc.) are the only ones I can think of. The only "audience-friendly" change I can think of is the countdown timer on the lecterns, but I may be missing something.

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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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alietr wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:08 am
Given all of the extra space afforded by HDTV, I wish they'd keep the scores on the screen in a corner.
Along with the current category and clue value. That would take care of keeping the word on screen when you're supposed to form a new word out of some of the letters.

I also like the idea of player stats. Ideally there'd be some way to toggle the display for those who don't want the clutter or want some of it but not all. That would probably require an internet "broadcast" in addition to (or instead of) OTA. The entertainment industry has been positively Luddite in its response to the possibilities provided by the Internet.

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I like it clean and as is without distractions cluttering the screen...but the category and dollar amount would sometimes be nice, especially when there are players jumping around the board.

All those stats are on the archive anyway.
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And besides how long did for original Jeopardy! fans (Flemming era) to accept Alex on a regular basis? If I recall, it took them a long time for them to do so (similar in timeframe its taken from Bob's retirement from Price to now with Drew as host)
I'm one of those old-timers who go back to to Art Fleming days, and I'm certainly OK with Alex. But frankly, in my mind's ear, I still sometimes hear Don Pardo doing the introductions.

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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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I've been wondering about contestant pictures with Alex, and how that would work given the distancing.

While it's disappointing to see contestants this season not standing next to him, it is understandable.

Alex is at his podium, the contestant is on the far side of the FJ display.

I'm really hoping by the time they're allowed to call me again, that not only do they call me, but I can get the "normal" picture.
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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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triviawayne wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:13 pm
I've been wondering about contestant pictures with Alex, and how that would work given the distancing.
I'm guessing it's very easily photoshopped.

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econgator wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:31 pm
triviawayne wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:13 pm
I've been wondering about contestant pictures with Alex, and how that would work given the distancing.
I'm guessing it's very easily photoshopped.
The picture can be photoshopped, but the experience can't be. For a lot of folks, one of the highlights of your day on J! is getting to "meet" Alex, which, because of S&P, I assume is probably limited to a quick "welcome" when all 12-13 contestants are gathered for practice and/or in the green room, the picture you take with him behind the lectern, the brief on-camera chit-chat after the first commercial ("Good for you!"), and the debriefing at the end of the game while the credits roll.

That said, there's no real way to fix it so it's 100% like it was back in February. I wouldn't want to be near Alex to take the picture, and I would imagine the feeling would be mutual. Maybe they've figured out a way to do socially-distant pictures together - Alex at the left of the J! board, and the contestant at the right. Alex in the champion podium, the contestant in the middle challenger podium. It might not be small enough for a nice little avatar here, but it could make an interesting photo for other social media if you share that kinda stuff.

If I had been on J! pre-COVID, I would have loved having the picture of myself with Alex. It's the Sony version of Disneyland, but instead of Mickey Mouse, it's Alex. Same reason I like trotting out every weekend in November (except this year, naturally) to get pictures with the Boston Bruins - I'm a kid at heart.

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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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econgator wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:31 pm
triviawayne wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:13 pm
I've been wondering about contestant pictures with Alex, and how that would work given the distancing.
I'm guessing it's very easily photoshopped.
So is doing that now without me ever being on the show, but that's not the same thing, and that's why this is disappointing no matter how much it needs to be done. I'd still take the current version over nothing.
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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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First week of contestants have been posted, all from California.

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goongas wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:27 am
First week of contestants have been posted, all from California.
For the sake of argument let's say that all three contestants left their homes on taping morning and did not stay somewhere closer to Culver City.

I don't know studio reporting time, but let's call it 7:70 a.m.

What time do you wake up and what time do you leave to drive to Culver City?

From Los Angeles?
From Glendale?
From Riverside?

In the past with a majority of contestants staying at a hotel and taking the shuttle most were on equal footing. Now, I'm wondering if someone like the Riverside player is at a disadvantage due to travel considerations?

Yeah, I know the argument could be made the L.A. player could have the worst sleep and be the most nervous to negate the "closeness" factor.

I figured with these games with locals the distance metric could be something to watch.

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So they arrive at 8:10?

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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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MarkBarrett wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:37 am
goongas wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:27 am
First week of contestants have been posted, all from California.
For the sake of argument let's say that all three contestants left their homes on taping morning and did not stay somewhere closer to Culver City.

I don't know studio reporting time, but let's call it 7:70 a.m.

What time do you wake up and what time do you leave to drive to Culver City?

From Los Angeles?
From Glendale?
From Riverside?

In the past with a majority of contestants staying at a hotel and taking the shuttle most were on equal footing. Now, I'm wondering if someone like the Riverside player is at a disadvantage due to travel considerations?

Yeah, I know the argument could be made the L.A. player could have the worst sleep and be the most nervous to negate the "closeness" factor.

I figured with these games with locals the distance metric could be something to watch.
We'll never know because even with being "close", they may choose to stay in a hotel less than 2 miles away.
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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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When I was watching the segment on GMA previewing the new season, I did see the contestants walk up to their podiums but all at the same time, not one by one like during the first 16 seasons (Johnny would say "Now entering the studio are today's contestants"). So perhaps the practice of the contestants walking onto the set during the intro has been brought back but in a different manner. But we're going to have to wait until the episode airs to see if that's the case.

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Re: Season 37 changes and predictions

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triviawayne wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:03 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:37 am
goongas wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:27 am
First week of contestants have been posted, all from California.
For the sake of argument let's say that all three contestants left their homes on taping morning and did not stay somewhere closer to Culver City.

I don't know studio reporting time, but let's call it 7:70 a.m.

What time do you wake up and what time do you leave to drive to Culver City?

From Los Angeles?
From Glendale?
From Riverside?

In the past with a majority of contestants staying at a hotel and taking the shuttle most were on equal footing. Now, I'm wondering if someone like the Riverside player is at a disadvantage due to travel considerations?

Yeah, I know the argument could be made the L.A. player could have the worst sleep and be the most nervous to negate the "closeness" factor.

I figured with these games with locals the distance metric could be something to watch.
We'll never know because even with being "close", they may choose to stay in a hotel less than 2 miles away.
We don't know if Jeopardy! is telling people they are not allowed to stay in a hotel the night before. (Although if coming from SF, they would have to...) If I lived far enough away, that is what I would do if allowed.

Is LA traffic in the morning a thing anymore? I have read that people have arrived late to the studio if they did not take the hotel shuttle.

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A friend of mine got the call for September 30. She has to arrive at Sony at 7 am and will have to do her own hair and makeup. The contestants also will be mic'ing themselves. In other words, no close staff interaction at all.

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Spiny Norman wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:10 pm
A friend of mine got the call for September 30. She has to arrive at Sony at 7 am and will have to do her own hair and makeup. The contestants also will be mic'ing themselves. In other words, no close staff interaction at all.
Weird thought, but as a man...I would have absolutely no clue how to do makeup, but I do know that men commonly do wear makeup on TV. Granted, I imagine TV makeup might be a little different than "everyday" makeup for a woman, but I would guess (and I'm 100% guessing here) that the hair and makeup department could leave tips that women would understand, like "consider using a little more of this than you normally would" or "don't do this". Me? Left to my own devices, I fear I would wind up looking like Euphegenia Doubtfire.

Then again, men are Zooming in to TV news stations all the time and I doubt they're doing makeup, so I guess it's something that could be skipped.

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