Jeopardy! is transferring ahead with season 40 and can make it via the Writers Guild of America strike by reusing each contestants and questions, alongside some new questions that had been written earlier than the strike started, showrunner Michael Davies introduced on Monday’s Inside Jeopardy! podcast episode.
The questions for the upcoming season of Jeopardy! might be a mixture of unused, already-written materials from earlier than the strike and “materials that’s being redeployed from a number of, a number of” seasons, Davies mentioned.
There received’t be new contestants for season 40 as a result of Davies mentioned he doesn’t suppose it’d be “truthful” for folks to compete on the present with non-original materials; as a substitute, the season will function second-chance contestants from seasons 37 and 38.
Davies additionally introduced the present might be rising the prizes for second- and third-place winners, beginning this season, by $1,000 every—bringing them to $3,000 and $2,000, respectively—to handle elevated “post-Covid journey prices” and challenges contestants face to fund their journeys.
Superstar Jeopardy! will return this September for its second season with new, unique questions that had been written earlier than the WGA strike.
“I perceive that the perfect episodes which might be potential are episodes that function our writers writing unique materials and the easiest contestants … enjoying that unique materials,” Davies mentioned.
97. That’s what number of days members of the Writers Guild of America have been putting.
Greater than 10,000 unionized movie and tv writers have been putting since early Might when the WGA introduced negotiations between the union and the studios failed. Writers are putting partially as a result of they mentioned the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers (AMPTP) wouldn’t negotiate on making a minimal variety of writers exhibits may have or a proposal for assured minimal employment of 10 consecutive weeks for a season of a present. One other concern of the WGA is round the usage of synthetic intelligence. The guild’s proposal referred to as for regulating AI use—together with a ban on AI writing or rewriting “literary materials”— and the usage of AI to generate supply materials for writers. The AMPTP rejected this proposal and as a substitute provided to carry annual conferences “to debate developments in know-how.” Jeopardy! hires its writers via the WGA union, although it completed filming its most up-to-date season in late Might—after the strike started—as a result of the questions had been written upfront.
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Who might be competing. Final month, a number of latest Jeopardy! winners who had been scheduled to compete within the Event of Champions mentioned they wouldn’t take part out of solidarity with the WGA. It’s unclear if Jeopardy! producers will battle to get second-chance contestants to come back again because the strike goes on.