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Ken started taping in late November. Before Alex got really sick they did ten shows a week. The two weeks of vault episodes at the end of December bought them some more time. So it probably didn’t take long to catch up.

While working from the other side of the host’s podium is different than playing, it probably didn’t take long for Ken to get up to speed in running the show. Plus he already knows everyone who works there so he is comfortable on the set and there is less of a wow factor for him.

Couric and whoever else they bring in will have a rougher time getting started.

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jeffwolfe wrote:
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How far in advance does J! usually tape?
About 9-10 weeks. I originally taped mid-January and aired April 1. I don't know if the timeline has changed in recent years, though.
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I wouldn't be surprised if Jeff Probst and Pat Sajak got the call to be guest host. For one thing, Jeff Probst hosted Rock & Roll Jeopardy! as well as being the current host of Survivor. And Pat hosted the April Fools episode back in 1997 as well as the fact that Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are sister shows.

Another thing, when Ken Jennings hosts next week, I wonder if we're going to see him stand in front of the board when revealing the FJ! clue. Alex has been sitting at his podium for that segment since 2011 because he injured his achilles tendon while chasing down a robber in San Francisco the summer of that year before Season 28 began taping.

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Bamaman wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:54 am
Ken started taping in late November. Before Alex got really sick they did ten shows a week. The two weeks of vault episodes at the end of December bought them some more time. So it probably didn’t take long to catch up.

While working from the other side of the host’s podium is different than playing, it probably didn’t take long for Ken to get up to speed in running the show. Plus he already knows everyone who works there so he is comfortable on the set and there is less of a wow factor for him.

Couric and whoever else they bring in will have a rougher time getting started.
I imagine (but I'm not 100% sure) that Ken might have, at some point, hosted some live trivia events after his new-found fame, but I could be mistaken.

I doubt Katie Couric would be "wowed" by the J! experience - she's a pro and has probably logged several orders of magnitude more time on TV than Ken. And, if anything, reading a question (or, in this case, answer) from a teleprompter is sort of "her thing". Maybe the 5 day period that was rumored is because they couldn't get her for a longer period of time, or that she's there as literal filler/interest, but she's not really interested in becoming the new host like Ken or Jimmy might be.

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talkingaway wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:06 pm
Bamaman wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:54 am
Ken started taping in late November. Before Alex got really sick they did ten shows a week. The two weeks of vault episodes at the end of December bought them some more time. So it probably didn’t take long to catch up.

While working from the other side of the host’s podium is different than playing, it probably didn’t take long for Ken to get up to speed in running the show. Plus he already knows everyone who works there so he is comfortable on the set and there is less of a wow factor for him.

Couric and whoever else they bring in will have a rougher time getting started.
I imagine (but I'm not 100% sure) that Ken might have, at some point, hosted some live trivia events after his new-found fame, but I could be mistaken.

I doubt Katie Couric would be "wowed" by the J! experience - she's a pro and has probably logged several orders of magnitude more time on TV than Ken. And, if anything, reading a question (or, in this case, answer) from a teleprompter is sort of "her thing". Maybe the 5 day period that was rumored is because they couldn't get her for a longer period of time, or that she's there as literal filler/interest, but she's not really interested in becoming the new host like Ken or Jimmy might be.
When Ken was a contestant it got to a point that Ken did not need rehearsal practice and he was allowed to play host for that day's other contestants. At some point Ken got in hot water when he went off stage to the side to check his tie, using Alex's mirror, and the staff went crazy because clue material was nearby. Something like that. I'm not going to dig out my copy of Brainiac for the exact wording of the story.

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I probably could have worded that better. Couric certainly knows what she is doing in a TV studio. But hosting a rapid fire game show is different than interviewing a politician or movie star. I certainly think she could handle it but she has a steeper learning cure than Jennings.

But you could say the same for Levar Burton and anyone else mentioned as a new host. When the show was revived there were a number of people well known as a game show host. Not so much today.

I don’t know all the S&P rules but Ken hosting practice games while still a player is a little weird. Maybe not crossing a line but getting close to it.
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Bamaman wrote:
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I don’t know all the S&P rules but Ken hosting practice games while still a player is a little weird. Maybe not crossing a line but getting close to it.
Hadn't heard that story; hope it may an urban legend. I think "little weird" may be an understatement, "a lot weird" more closely matches my reaction.

I don't think I would have found it intimidating to have the practice game hosted by someone against whom I was going to be competing a few minutes later, but it would have certainly been off-putting at a minimum and could certainly have the appearance of favoritism.

Wonder if we have someone from that time period who could confirm or deny.
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AFRET CMS wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:45 pm
Bamaman wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:04 pm

I don’t know all the S&P rules but Ken hosting practice games while still a player is a little weird. Maybe not crossing a line but getting close to it.
Hadn't heard that story; hope it may an urban legend. I think "little weird" may be an understatement, "a lot weird" more closely matches my reaction.

I don't think I would have found it intimidating to have the practice game hosted by someone against whom I was going to be competing a few minutes later, but it would have certainly been off-putting at a minimum and could certainly have the appearance of favoritism.

Wonder if we have someone from that time period who could confirm or deny.
I decided to open Brainiac for the first time in more than 10 years and the necktie thing was about the shimmy effect on camera and not Ken hosting practice games. Ken should have been sent back to the green room to take care of the wardrobe problem but instead a staffer did the shorter route to have Ken fix it (he had a spare tie in his blazer) using Alex's mirror off to the side. That was a no-no for a contestant to be there and upset the powers.

While I have no doubt about Ken hosting practice games, that may not be in the book. I'm not thinking it could have been from any of countless interviews surrounding his initial appearance. I'm certain I did read and/or hear the tidbit though.

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MarkBarrett wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:33 pm
AFRET CMS wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:45 pm
Bamaman wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:04 pm

I don’t know all the S&P rules but Ken hosting practice games while still a player is a little weird. Maybe not crossing a line but getting close to it.
Hadn't heard that story; hope it may an urban legend. I think "little weird" may be an understatement, "a lot weird" more closely matches my reaction.

I don't think I would have found it intimidating to have the practice game hosted by someone against whom I was going to be competing a few minutes later, but it would have certainly been off-putting at a minimum and could certainly have the appearance of favoritism.

Wonder if we have someone from that time period who could confirm or deny.
I decided to open Brainiac for the first time in more than 10 years and the necktie thing was about the shimmy effect on camera and not Ken hosting practice games. Ken should have been sent back to the green room to take care of the wardrobe problem but instead a staffer did the shorter route to have Ken fix it (he had a spare tie in his blazer) using Alex's mirror off to the side. That was a no-no for a contestant to be there and upset the powers.

While I have no doubt about Ken hosting practice games, that may not be in the book. I'm not thinking it could have been from any of countless interviews surrounding his initial appearance. I'm certain I did read and/or hear the tidbit though.
Just guessing, but did he host any Watson practices?
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triviawayne wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:22 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:33 pm
AFRET CMS wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:45 pm
Bamaman wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:04 pm

I don’t know all the S&P rules but Ken hosting practice games while still a player is a little weird. Maybe not crossing a line but getting close to it.
Hadn't heard that story; hope it may an urban legend. I think "little weird" may be an understatement, "a lot weird" more closely matches my reaction.

I don't think I would have found it intimidating to have the practice game hosted by someone against whom I was going to be competing a few minutes later, but it would have certainly been off-putting at a minimum and could certainly have the appearance of favoritism.

Wonder if we have someone from that time period who could confirm or deny.
I decided to open Brainiac for the first time in more than 10 years and the necktie thing was about the shimmy effect on camera and not Ken hosting practice games. Ken should have been sent back to the green room to take care of the wardrobe problem but instead a staffer did the shorter route to have Ken fix it (he had a spare tie in his blazer) using Alex's mirror off to the side. That was a no-no for a contestant to be there and upset the powers.

While I have no doubt about Ken hosting practice games, that may not be in the book. I'm not thinking it could have been from any of countless interviews surrounding his initial appearance. I'm certain I did read and/or hear the tidbit though.
Just guessing, but did he host any Watson practices?
No, Todd Alan Crain hosted the Watson sparring matches.

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gameshowfandanny wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:24 pm
triviawayne wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:22 pm

Just guessing, but did he host any Watson practices?
No, Todd Alan Crain hosted the Watson sparring matches.
Another person I hope they call to guest host

Jimmy and/or Sarah should be called too.
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In 2006, Ken was the host of Face Off Minnesota, an NAQT-affiliated high school quiz bowl program on Twin Cities Public Television.



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MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:32 pm
In 2006, Ken was the host of Face Off Minnesota, an NAQT-affiliated high school quiz bowl program on Twin Cities Public Television.



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Was that doppelganger night? I saw guys in the crowd that looked like Brian Weikle, Mark Brown and OSC.

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This is a post that Ken made on his blog about Face Off Minnesota:
http://ken-jennings.com/blog/archives/13

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MarkBarrett wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:40 pm
MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:32 pm
In 2006, Ken was the host of Face Off Minnesota, an NAQT-affiliated high school quiz bowl program on Twin Cities Public Television.



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Was that doppelganger night? I saw guys in the crowd that looked like Brian Weikle, Mark Brown and OSC.
Given that Weikle was very active in Twin Cities QB around the time, I'd bet it was actually him (The show taped in Rochester, MN). Quick Commissioner Gordon, to the Coelacanth signal!

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gameshowfandanny wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:24 pm
triviawayne wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:22 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:33 pm
AFRET CMS wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:45 pm
Bamaman wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:04 pm

I don’t know all the S&P rules but Ken hosting practice games while still a player is a little weird. Maybe not crossing a line but getting close to it.
Hadn't heard that story; hope it may an urban legend. I think "little weird" may be an understatement, "a lot weird" more closely matches my reaction.

I don't think I would have found it intimidating to have the practice game hosted by someone against whom I was going to be competing a few minutes later, but it would have certainly been off-putting at a minimum and could certainly have the appearance of favoritism.

Wonder if we have someone from that time period who could confirm or deny.
I decided to open Brainiac for the first time in more than 10 years and the necktie thing was about the shimmy effect on camera and not Ken hosting practice games. Ken should have been sent back to the green room to take care of the wardrobe problem but instead a staffer did the shorter route to have Ken fix it (he had a spare tie in his blazer) using Alex's mirror off to the side. That was a no-no for a contestant to be there and upset the powers.

While I have no doubt about Ken hosting practice games, that may not be in the book. I'm not thinking it could have been from any of countless interviews surrounding his initial appearance. I'm certain I did read and/or hear the tidbit though.
Just guessing, but did he host any Watson practices?
No, Todd Alan Crain hosted the Watson sparring matches.
There were several hosts, including Jimmy, not just Todd.
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triviawayne wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:00 pm
gameshowfandanny wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:24 pm
triviawayne wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:22 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:33 pm
AFRET CMS wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:45 pm

Hadn't heard that story; hope it may an urban legend. I think "little weird" may be an understatement, "a lot weird" more closely matches my reaction.

I don't think I would have found it intimidating to have the practice game hosted by someone against whom I was going to be competing a few minutes later, but it would have certainly been off-putting at a minimum and could certainly have the appearance of favoritism.

Wonder if we have someone from that time period who could confirm or deny.
I decided to open Brainiac for the first time in more than 10 years and the necktie thing was about the shimmy effect on camera and not Ken hosting practice games. Ken should have been sent back to the green room to take care of the wardrobe problem but instead a staffer did the shorter route to have Ken fix it (he had a spare tie in his blazer) using Alex's mirror off to the side. That was a no-no for a contestant to be there and upset the powers.

While I have no doubt about Ken hosting practice games, that may not be in the book. I'm not thinking it could have been from any of countless interviews surrounding his initial appearance. I'm certain I did read and/or hear the tidbit though.
Just guessing, but did he host any Watson practices?
No, Todd Alan Crain hosted the Watson sparring matches.
There were several hosts, including Jimmy, not just Todd.
I'm pretty sure Jimmy just hosted pre-taping practice matches with Brad and Ken.

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MarkBarrett wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:29 pm
When Ken was a contestant it got to a point that Ken did not need rehearsal practice and he was allowed to play host for that day's other contestants. At some point Ken got in hot water when he went off stage to the side to check his tie, using Alex's mirror, and the staff went crazy because clue material was nearby. Something like that. I'm not going to dig out my copy of Brainiac for the exact wording of the story.
Um...wow. Even that doesn't quite sound kosher, especially with all the strict S&P practices that they have. Any deviation from the norm doesn't seem quite right. While having Ken read -a- clue for yucks might be fine, if I were a contestant, I wouldn't want a two-comma champion doing my practice. Sure, I imagine practice partly to get you used to waiting to hear your name before responding, getting a handle on how much time you have before your time goes out, but part of the practice is buzzer cadence, isn't it? I imagine the light-master is used to both Alex and Jimmy (who I think does practices?) reading clues.

Plus, geez, it's a little intimidating. It's like the teacher putting his or her head down on the desk for the day and just letting the class nerd teach for a day.

Now, Ken skipping practice? That's absolutely fine. I can't imagine getting bored of playing J!, but maybe by the 15th dress rehearsal, it gets old. Plus, if they keep using the same small set of clues that rotate every 3 or 4 taping days, it could be kinda pointless. Although I hear that there's a database on the Internet that's catalogued over 400,000 clues from past shows. Perhaps J! could load a few of those in for practice.

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MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:26 pm
MarkBarrett wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:40 pm
MinnesotaMyron wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:32 pm
In 2006, Ken was the host of Face Off Minnesota, an NAQT-affiliated high school quiz bowl program on Twin Cities Public Television.



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Was that doppelganger night? I saw guys in the crowd that looked like Brian Weikle, Mark Brown and OSC.
Given that Weikle was very active in Twin Cities QB around the time, I'd bet it was actually him (The show taped in Rochester, MN). Quick Commissioner Gordon, to the Coelacanth signal!
And given that the show explicitly calls Weikle out (he was there as a judge), I'm pretty sure it was him.
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talkingaway wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:00 am
Now, Ken skipping practice? That's absolutely fine. I can't imagine getting bored of playing J!, but maybe by the 15th dress rehearsal, it gets old. Plus, if they keep using the same small set of clues that rotate every 3 or 4 taping days, it could be kinda pointless.
Doing 10 shows a week is a grind. Jennings has said that. Saving your energy for when it really counts makes sense to me. After a while, practicing Jeopardy! would be pointless even if the clues were entirely new. For someone in Jennings's position, he would want to practice enough to keep his rhythm, but not so much as to detract from his real games.

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