– “Jeopardy!” is introducing new elements to its format for the upcoming season
– The show’s host, Bialik, says the adjustments were in response to viewer feedback
– Holzhauer, a former contestant, criticizes these changes as “dumbing down” the game
“Jeopardy!” is revamping its format for the upcoming 40th season with several adjustments to the game, and not everyone is happy about it. The changes, which are being implemented to keep the show fresh and engaging, were made in response to viewer feedback, according to the show’s host, Mayim Bialik.
Among the introduced elements, “Jeopardy!” will now have three Daily Doubles in the second round instead of two, and will allow contestants to virtually show off their personalities with “video clues.” In addition, “At Home Audiences” can participate in the game by downloading the “Jeopardy! PlayShow” app.
However, the changes are not sitting well with some fans and former contestants. James Holzhauer, known as one of the show’s top champions, thinks the changes cater to a more casual audience and even accused the show of “dumbing down” the game. He recently tweeted, “Changing the game to have one more Daily Double and one less clue is like trading a bishop for a pawn in chess. It’s not a huge deal, but the bishop was better and why would the show do that?”
Regardless of Holzhauer’s criticism, it seems that the show is set on implementing these changes in hopes of keeping the audience entertained. Only time will tell if the adjustments prove successful or if they end up alienating the loyal fan base.