PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The executive producer of Jeopardy! is considering a major format change for the long-running game show.
Mike Davies wants to offer cash prizes to contestants who correctly answer an entire column of clues on a topic.
The contestant would have to go through an entire category without jumping around the board.
Davies first brought up the idea during the “Inside Jeopardy!” podcast last week.
“One thing I noticed last season is that there’s a real moment in the studio where a contestant is leading a category. We’ve seen it a lot more with our Superchamps over the last season. I know Amy (Schneider) was leading classes. Ryan Long did particularly well in running categories,” Davies said. “When a contestant runs through a category, there’s a pause in applause in the studio, and yet there’s no sound effect. There’s no money that changes hands. Nothing happens.
“And I don’t know if I want to affect the score in the game, but I think it would be appropriate to try it maybe at some point — maybe in a high school tournament we’re talking about, maybe in college — maybe an extra cash bonus for.” leading a category.”
Davies revisited the idea during this week’s podcast with show producer Sarah Foss and former champion Buzzy Cohen.
“I’ve been thinking about maybe experimenting with the idea of awarding a cash bonus to contestants who lead a category during one of our other tournament weeks this season,” Davies said.
The trio discussed how contestant Luigi de Guzman ran through “The Law” category in Double Jeopardy on a recent show (not surprisingly he’s a lawyer).
“It’s a moment in the studio; it’s a great thing,” said Davies.
Cohen brought up the Twitter response to Davies’ comments last week – “Twitter exploded with pros and cons.”
Cohen said he thinks people like the idea of a bonus but wanted to confirm if it would affect a contestant’s overall score.
Davies assured fans it would be a “separate bonus” and would not change who wins.
“Going home with a little extra of ‘Jeopardy!’ with or without a win,” added Foss.
Cohen, still undecided, pointed out to Davies: “It’s going to affect game strategy and I don’t know if you’re interested in that.”
Davies replied: “It might also give people who are behind against a really big player an incentive to try and get into a category and get something out of the game beyond their second or third place prize.”
The trio joked that maybe the contestant wouldn’t get money, but an actual prize — like those used on “Jeopardy!” to give out things like canned tomato soup, or maybe they’d get an autographed picture from host Ken Jennings.
After hearing these proposals, Davies said they would stick to cash.
However, the rule change is currently being considered.
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https://6abc.com/jeopardy-rule-change-executive-producer-mike-davies-running-a-category-cash-bonus/12254555/ ‘Jeopardy!’ may add a rule change for contestants who run through a category, executive producer Mike Davies says