My 10 Picks For Jeopardy! Guest Hosts

Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! We normally discuss movies on Scene Before, but today we’re going to be doing something different. As you may know, Ken Jennings, who you may find on such game shows today as GSN’s “Master Minds” and ABC’s “The Chase,” is set to be the first of a block of guest hosts for “Jeopardy!,” a staple in syndicated television. So as a fan of the format, and of game shows in general, I figured I would take some time to list my picks for people who could possibly, not necessarily fill the shoes of Alex Trebek, but take some time as a temporary host. After all, “Jeopardy” is not only letting Ken Jennings host for some time, but it was recently announced that American television journalist Katie Couric will also step up to the lectern. These picks of mine are not in any particular order, but I have my reasons for including all of them.

Tom Bergeron

I grew up watching Tom Bergeron while he hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” He was always welcoming, charming, and whimsical. Although I feel like recent times have been less happy go lucky for Bergeron. I follow his social media, and he seems happy today. But over the summer, ABC canned Bergeron and his wife, removing him from “Dancing with the Stars,” so now I think there is an enormous opportunity for Bergeron to take on a prestigious hosting gig if there ever was one. Now, I do not watch “Jeopardy!” for the sake of having a laugh, but when the show does get a laugh out of me, I applaud it. But I think if there were a host who can provide a calming presence to the show while also cracking in a little quip here and there, Bergeron might be the guy. Plus, he has traditional game show experience as well with the 1998-2004 edition of “Hollywood Squares,” and man was he classy.

Bergeron also temporarily hosted “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire,” filling in for Meredith Vieira on the show’s syndicated run.

Robert Carradine

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This is a weird choice, but I think it can work. Robert Carradine is primarily chosen through my experience of watching him on TBS’s “King of the Nerds” alongside co-host Curtis Armstrong. Of the two, I think Carradine is a solid pick for hosting “Jeopardy!.” Not only is “Jeopardy!” a geek staple kind of like “King of the Nerds” was for people like me, but of the two hosts on that show, Carradine has always been the calmer of the two. Yes, he has witty lines here and there, but he also sort of represents a fatherly quality. Maybe it is because he’s played a dad for years on Disney’s “Lizzie Maguire,” maybe it’s because a father himself. Either way, Carradine sounds like someone who can welcome contestants and have some fun on set with them. And as someone who has been in a couple staples of the nerd community, “Jeopardy!” only seems fitting.

Brooke Burns

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I do not know if she will end up being a permanent host because she already may be busy with another game show, but I would not mind seeing Brooke Burns giving some answers. Burns has had hosting gigs with NBC’s “Dog Eat Dog” and GSN’s adaptation of “The Chase.” Now, she is currently hosting “Master Minds” on GSN which is a fairly simple, lighthearted, but competitive game where three contestants take on three geniuses for a chance at $10,000. Burns has experience with hosting a couple quiz shows as of now, so it would be fun to see her take a shot at “Jeopardy!.” This would make Burns involved in another project where Ken Jennings has a significant presence given how Jennings is now a “Jeopardy!” producer. One added bonus, Burns can read at quick speeds. During her time on “The Chase,” Burns often blazed through questions on the show’s numerous speed rounds, and while she may need to pace herself on “Jeopardy!,” this tactic may come in handy if the contestants are trailing through the round like snails. Burns is lively, charismatic, and knows how to be witty every once in a while. Give her a shot!

Anderson Cooper

I do not watch much cable news, but given the minimal amount that I’ve watched, I think CNN’s Anderson Cooper is one of the better personalities I have seen.

First things first, when it comes to potential candidates from CNN, you can count almost anyone but Wolf Blitzer. This is not to suggest Blitzer would not make a good host, but I imagine he would joke about his “Celebrity Jeopardy!” appearance in every episode. Anderson Cooper, going back to what I said about Robert Carradine, sort of has a fatherly quality to him. Maybe it is the white hair and glasses. Plus, if Cooper were to stick around behind the scenes, maybe he can write some clues and take some inspiration from what he has used during his time talking on CNN. I think Cooper can step up to the plate.

Andy Richter

One of the reasons why I consider “Conan” to be my favorite late night show airing today is because of the host’s chemistry with his sidekick, Andy Richter, who I should also mention, won “Jeopardy!” twice, once against the recently mentioned Wolf Blitzer. Richter comes off as an individual who genuinely enjoys the game and this may make him a standout candidate, especially considering how he has experience on it. Plus, given how the guy is an actor, I think one of the things that makes him eligible is the fact that he really has not been in the spotlight for all these years. Yes, like Alex Trebek, Andy Richter is a respectable name, but I shall reiterate, Andy Richter is Conan O’Brien’s sidekick. Richter has spent much time listening to what O’Brien has to say. During interviews, he is usually reserved, which I prefer in a “Jeopardy!” host. He’ll joke around here and there, but he is silent for the most part. When it comes to that period after the first break where contestants are interviewed, this will make Richter an effective candidate. He does not strike me as someone who will interrupt or shoot someone down. He will acknowledge what people are saying and give everyone their time.

Mayim Bialik

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Here is a woman who can do it all. She was Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory!” She has a Ph. D in neuroscience! She is also musically gifted! It is Mayim Bialik! Upon earlier thoughts, I had Bialik’s “Big Bang” co-star, Jim Parsons in mind for the hosting job, thinking he would have an admirable presence on the show. While that may be true, Bialik is the more realistic candidate. Not just because of her variety of talents and overall experience in numerous fields, but because on top of that, she has hosting experience. She hosted TVLand’s reboot of “Candid Camera” and TBS’s recent video competition series, “Celebrity Show Off.” “Jeopardy!” is a perfect fit for someone like Bialik, who is knowledgeable in various subjects, which may help when it comes to clue giving. She can help make sure the clues are proper and correct, and she can write a quite a few of her own if she desires. Bialik is an upbeat and welcoming person, at least that is what my impression tells me. I would love to see her on the show.

Elizabeth Banks

Speaking of multi-talented women, let’s talk about Elizabeth Banks. Of all the personalities working on a game show today, Banks may arguably be my favorite. I enjoyed her during her first season of ABC’s “Press Your Luck,” although what really got me hyped up about her is how she handled her second one. In terms of how much money you can win, “Jeopardy!” is of lower stakes. The gameplay and concept is more complicated, but nevertheless. The thing that really makes Elizabeth Banks an attractive option for “Jeopardy!” is her range. When she hosts “Press Your Luck,” she is often a mix of serious, whimsical, celebratory, and over-dramatic. Again, the gameplay sort of calls for that. But I think her mannerisms that she has acquired over the past two seasons on “Press Your Luck” can make Banks a good fit for Trebek’s shoes.

And you may ask for a bunch of these people, are they a fan of the show? I cannot confirm for everybody, but for Banks, that seems to be the case. But as shown here, her mother seems to be a fan. Make mama Banks proud!

Adam Conover

Hi! This is Adam Conover, and this is Adam Jeopardizes Everything! Adam Conover has made a name for himself for being the star and whimsy know it all on truTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything.” Or as oldtimers call it, CollegeHumor’s “Adam Ruins Everything.” Here, Conover is basically what happens if you take that blonde boy with glasses from “The Polar Express” and give him a TV show on basic cable where he can shamelessly correct people. But what about game shows? Conover has experience there too. Sure, he participated as a contestant on an episode of GSN’s “Idiotest,” but if you’re wondering about hosting, he has done that too. He has been the star of Nickelodeon’s “The Crystal Maze,” where families are taken on adventures to find crystals in an attempt to take home $25,000. Adam Conover seems knowledgeable and fun enough to stand in front of the iconic lectern, as long as he does not ruin Alex Trebek’s legacy.

Meredith Vieira

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Say what you want about the rankings of the “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” hosts. There’s no replacing Regis. Jimmy Kimmel is too political. Whatever. But if you ask me, I think Meredith Vieira has been perhaps the most personal with all of her contestants. She always comes off as open and ready to learn about people, and that may be part of why she stayed on the show from 2002 to 2013. Vieira is also having a ball today on another daytime game show, “25 Words Or Less,” which is currently blazing through its second season with implemented COVID-19 protocols. Not only does Meredith Vieira have years of experience of interviewing, talking with people, asking people questions, but she always seems to do it with a hint of passion. Vieira is dynamic, hyper, and she can even crack a joke every once in a while. Is Vieira my favorite host of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?” That depends. Because each one brought their own flair to the game. I think she is most definitely the friendliest and the one who showed the most care towards her contestants, and when it comes to a game like “Jeopardy!,” which crosses the line between chill and intense, Vieira is a good fit. I think Vieira would make for a fun presence during the interview portion and make the contestants feel comfortable. The only thing that could interfere with this is Vieira’s work on “25 Words Or Less,” which may bring up a question mark as to whether she wants to do two daytime game shows at once.

John O’Hurley

Four of the six main “Family Feud” hosts are still with us today. As much respect as I have for Steve Harvey, he *is not* “Jeopardy” material. He’s more of a comedian than a host. This is where John O’Hurley comes in. Having seen John O’Hurley host “Family Feud” from 2006 to 2010, he is definitely the most collected of the hosts still living today. Louis Anderson and Richard Karn may be a tad obnoxious for “Jeopardy!.” I also think in some cases, John O’Hurley’s experience as a voice actor on shows like “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Phineas and Perb” can help in some clues that may require more expression. He can probably alter his voice for the sake of showing off a hint of personality and humor. And if I had to pick a “Seinfeld” character who I want to see host “Jeopardy!” just for fun, J. Peterman would likely be a hoot. Based on his experience with “Family Feud,” O’Hurley is expressive yet homey, which can make for a good fit on “Jeopardy!.”

These are just my personal picks and are in no way supposed to represent any objective viewpoint or a list of people who are in fact going to host “Jeopardy!” in the future. I want to know, who do you hope to see as a “Jeopardy!” host? Leave your thoughts in the comments! Also, Alex Trebek’s final “Jeopardy!” has just aired last Friday, January 8th. New episodes with former champion Ken Jennings begin Monday, January 11th. Check your local listings to find out when the show airs in your area.

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Who Should Host the 91st Academy Awards?

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Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! If you have been following some recent news lately, you may have been made aware that Kevin Hart was set to host the Oscars this year. However, that’s not the case anymore. This is due to his recent encounter with his own past, thanks to other people bringing it up. Hart once tweeted jokes that were considered anti-gay and homophobic, thus he decided it would be best to avoid letting himself be a distraction on Oscar night.

As for my thoughts on this, I am personally disappointed. I wanted to see Hart host the Oscars. Not only is he a likable movie personality, but he’s an effective comedian too so he probably could have executed some of the monologues with ease. Not to mention, he’s had hosting experience with CBS’s “TKO: In the Zone.” Also, the departure from the Academy hosting role reminds me of a similar case that happened this year, specifically with “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn. If you remember, James Gunn had old tweets which resurfaced, causeing his business relationship with Disney to be severed. I want people to be the best person they can be, but the fact is, everyone makes mistakes. Why are we not allowed to reflect on our own mistakes? Nevertheless, the Oscars needs a new host, so I figured since I have time to kill, I wanted to whip up a list of five (or six depending on my mood) capable people, regardless of their past actions, who have the potential to host this year’s Academy Awards show.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

My first pick on this list is, appropriately, someone who has worked with Kevin Hart in the past on “Central Intelligence” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Dwayne Johnson. As far as hosting experience goes, he has hosted “Saturday Night Live” five times, and he has a new show coming up on NBC in January called “The Titan Games.” If a new host is not decided by the time “The Titan Games” is on TV, and Dwayne Johnson gets kudos for stellar hosting skills, the chances of him taking on the Oscars is only going to skyrocket. Not to mention, when I see him do any sort of project, I always have this sense that he is not only doing it for himself, but doing it for other people. He clearly is a happy man, even when he does s*it like “Skyscraper.” I think Johnson would add a shred of enthusiasm and deliver some excellent comedy with smile on the Academy stage.

Patton Oswalt

This next pick is more of a jump on a bandwagon than anything else, but it’s my list, so I’m going with it. I’m talkin’ about Patton Oswalt. Not only has Patton Oswalt been a legitimate movie personality for his work in films like “Ratatouille,” “Young Adult,” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” but he’s had some excellent roots in comedy as well. He has appeared in multiple episodes of situation comedies including “Two and a Half Men,” “King of Queens,” and now he’s a regular on NBC’s “A.P. Bio.” To add onto his comedy background, he has done several stand-up specials on HBO and Comedy Central. As far as hosting, he has taken on numerous award shows in the past. The Oscars is a step further from what he’s hosted, but I think Oswalt’s got the guts to step up to the plate.

Howie Mandel

Up next, we have Howie Mandel. Known for his comedy since the 1980s, this guy has had experience in both the film industry and hosting. When it comes to hosting, he has done “Deal or No Deal” from 2005 to 2010, that is until it has been recently brought back this year, and the 2009 Game Show Awards on GSN. When it comes to the films he’s done, he is known for “Gremlins,” “Little Monsters,” and “Walk Like a Man.” I think Mandel has the comedy chops to deliver excellent monologues, funny jokes, and a lovable stage presence. He could probably joke about how hard it is to host the Oscars compared to a game where he has to stare at beautiful women opening cases. Plus, when it comes to politics, this is something I never tended to associate with Howie. This may be just me talking, but even if Howie had to joke about politics onstage, I don’t know if they would tend to associate with his political views since he never usually tends to reveal them, at least according to my experience.

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It has been a trend that talk show hosts have been stepping up to the plate for hosting big award shows. Just this year alone, Seth Meyers hosted the 75th Golden Globes, Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 90th Academy Awards, Stephen Colbert hosted the celebration of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she received the Mark Twain prize, and James Corden hosted the 60th Grammys. Why not have a talk show host duo? I would like to not only see Conan O’Brien host the Oscars, which would be an awesome thought by itself, but it would also be cool if Andy Richter was there alongside him. The two work flawlessly together, and it is easy to see after so many years. The possibilities are endless for comedy with these two. Also, when Seth Meyers hosted the Golden Globes, he actually took a bit from his own show, “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell,” which takes jokes that wouldn’t be funny coming from Seth Meyers, and lets them fly out of the mouths of other people. I think there are tons of bits that can be taken from Conan’s show and put into the Oscars. I wonder if there would be a rights issue since “Conan” airs on TBS and the Oscars airs on ABC, but I would love it if this were to happen. One bit could be “What Am I Watching?,” which takes TV shows and gives them fake descriptions that can be found with a click of the “info button.” Although instead of TV shows, it could be movie themed. Another one could be “Celebrity Survey,” which takes simple questions about a celebrity’s life, and there are a number of goofy answers that stand out compared to the normal answers. An example for the case of the Oscars would be:

“I don’t want to stop _______”

STEVEN SPIELBERG: Showing off my imagination to moviegoers.

GAL GADOT: Inspiring my fans.

MERYL STREEP: Stealing well-deserved wins and nominations from my fellow acting peers.

One other idea I have for Conan and Andy is at one point, they can come out as Batman and Robin. Conan is Batman while Andy is Robin, and given how Andy is often viewed as nothing more than Conan’s sidekick, that can make for some excellent comedy.

Alec Baldwin

And finally, we have Alec Baldwin. This guy is a triple threat. He does comedy. He does film. He does hosting. In fact, if it weren’t for “Deal or No Deal” coming back on CNBC, Baldwin would be hosting my favorite game show on TV right now, specifically “Match Game.” He has also been a significant part of “Saturday Night Live,” especially in recent years now that Donald Trump is in office. This does bring in my minor concern that maybe the politics will go overboard, but knowing Baldwin, he is able to make politics funny. When it comes to movies, Baldwin’s résumé includes notable credits from “The Departed,” a couple of “Mission: Impossible” films, “The Boss Baby,” and “It’s Complicated.” In fact, of all the potential hosts I listed here, Baldwin is the only one who has been nominated for an Oscar. So it would only be fitting for him to host since he’s had partial experience with the ceremony before.

These are just my picks, and chances are that some of you will disagree me. All of these are just one crazy moron’s opinion, so I want to know, do you have any ideas on who should host the next Oscars? Or, what or who do you think will be nominated this year and for which categories will such a thing or person be nominated? Let me know down below! Thanks for reading this post! This weekend I am gonna try planning to go see a movie, either “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” or “Mortal Engines.” I will also say, this is my last week in my first semester of college, so I currently have a good amount of time on my hands to go see movie. Since it’s December, I have absolute intentions to see a lot of them. I actually wanted to see “The Favourite” yesterday since it was playing at a couple theaters near me on the way home but I passed up on the opportunity. Oh well. Be sure to follow Scene Before either with your email or WordPress account so you can stay tuned for more great content! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!