'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' renewed until 2014. What is awesome, Alex?

Wheel-Fortune-JeopardyImage Credit: Carol KaelsonVariety reports that both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune have been renewed through the 2013-2014 season. This means two things: 1) I will remain in shape until 2014, since Jeopardy! remains my favorite TV show watch while working out, and 2) We get to watch Alex Trebek’s sheer disgust for underperforming players for four more years. And that, my friends, is the greatest gift of all.

A_E Y_U EX_IT_D, P_PWAT_HE_S?

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  • Madd

    I’d like to solve
    ARE YOU EXCITED POPWATCHERS

    And the answer is yes, I am. And I am not ashamed to admit.

  • Salome Arsinoe

    I can take or leave Wheel, but I’m stoked about Jeopardy. I’ve been addicted to it for years and will be for at least 4 more years.

    • Mo

      I do wish Wheel set its sights a little higher now and then, it’s so dumbed down. Maybe having to guess a book title or a famous artwork’s name now and then? (And I don’t mean a book title by Dan Brown or Stephanie Meyer…)

  • Leslie

    Maybe it’s because I’m only 25, but I honestly can’t imagine there NOT being any Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy. I watch both every night, and it would just be too strange if they weren’t on tv anymore. I mean, they’ve always been there, at least in my lifetime. Lol. (Alex Trebek started hosting Jeopardy the year I was born!)

    • Ceballos

      I totally agree…

      In fact, just seeing that both shows were “renewed” kind of took me aback a bit. I just kind of assumed these shows would be on forever.

      • Katja

        LOL right there with you on being taken aback at seeing the news that they were “renewed”. I, too, just sort of took it for granted that they are eternally a part of TV without really thinking about the fact that they are shows with ratings needs just like any other.

      • Mary Q. Contrary

        Same here. It was a bit unsettling, I have to say.

  • Devin

    As a 19 year old stuck in a 65 year olds body, I have to say I’m thrilled that Jeopardy is getting renewed. I don’t know what I’d do if they canceled one of my most favorite shows. Though I hate wheel of Fortune. If only they could replace Wheel with Golden Girls or Murder She Wrote.

  • Sarah D

    What’s crazy is that Alex doesn’t at all seem bored all these years into that show. Is it me or are the Jeopardy questions a whole lot easier now than they were in the 80′s and early 90′s?

    • Ceballos

      No, the questions aren’t easier…it’s us that got smarter. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

    • Mary Q. Contrary

      I think we are all smarter now than we were then, if by smarter you mean harboring a ton of useless facts. How could we not be? We’re always plugged in, always soaking in more. Jeopardy hasn’t gotten dumber. We’ve evolved.

      • Ceballos

        …also, we’ve been watching “Jeopardy” all these years. I learn something new every day.

  • Jason

    I find it hard to imagine tv without Jeopardy also — don’t really like Wheel of Fortune.
    _ICKEY _OUSE. I’d like to buy a vowel, Pat.

    • Mary Q. Contrary

      I gave up on Wheel of Fortune years ago, when a man guessed “Mambo Jambo” with this on the board: M_MBO J_MBO. True story.

      • Ceballos

        Check out this beauty. I saw this happen live not too long ago and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing/hearing.

  • Joe C

    Nope!!! Well, its not that Im not excited, but here’s the thing: I am not a fan of Pat Sajak…me and my friends met him in Vegas this past summer, my friend asked him for his autograph, and he looked at her like she was insane and shoo’d her away…it was very odd…

  • MsSuniDaze

    Good news…It would seem strange to not see them on the air anymore. I’m not a fan of Wheel, but have been watching Jeopardy since I was a kid.

  • Lala

    VERY excited about Jeopardy! Wheel of Fortune…meh, whatever.

    • William

      I think that Wheel Of Fortune is by far the most boring game show on TV. That is one reason I don’t watch that show.

  • Mark

    YES! Wheel of Fortune is my favorite

    • William

      I think that anyone who says Wheel Of Fortune is their favorite game show has no clue as to what they are talking about.

  • Franky

    I miss Wheel of Fortune in the 80s, when they’d go shopping at the end of the round. And HAD to use all the money they could. “…and I guess I’ll take the ceramic lobster for 250″.

    • big guy

      chuck woolery was the original host
      i don’t remember who turned the letters. think her 1st name was susan. also,who hosted between chuck and sajak. there were at least 2 other. one was an entertainment reporte. the other was a football player, rolphe?
      nal host

      • Uncle Seff

        Rolf Benirschke, former kicker for the San Diego Chargers. I think the other one was Bob Goen (sp?)

      • Ceballos

        Speaking of turning letters, I just wonder what the next step in the evolution of Vanna’s job is going to be.

        She currently goes up and touches the letters instead of turning them. What’s the next step? Is she going to stand off to the side and reveal them psychically? If she gets too old to walk, will she have a Hoveround?

      • Mary Q. Contrary

        Yeah, it’s kind of funny, her job is now officially meaningless. Haha. Not that I’m saying she doesn’t completely belong up there, because she obviously does. I just wonder if she secretly laughs at how ridiculous it is that she gets paid that much to do what she does.

    • MsSuniDaze

      I totally remember when they had the shopping after the round. It was funny because they would buy stupid stuff. “I’ll take the $5000 statue of the dog please”.

  • Ash

    I completely agree that I can’t imagine Wheel or Jeopardy not being on TV. LOL at the 4 more years of watching Alex’s disgust for underperforming players. Alex really does not hide how he feels. I would be so intimidated to play with him. Pat is so nice, and funny. Even when players do horrible, he’s there to make them feel better. I love both shows, but I’m most proud when I get the final Jeopardy question right.

    • Mary Q. Contrary

      Pat might be nice and funny, but he’s also even more scathing than Trebek. He subtly and cleverly makes fun of anyone who’s stupid enough to make themselves an easy target. And I love him for it.

      • Ceballos

        Yeah, Sajak has a sneakily snarky side, which works perfectly for the show, while Trebek is almost gently, accidentally condesceding.

        I especially like it when the category is something like “C”ountries, and someone’ll say “Guatemala”, and Trebek says something like, “Remember, each response will start with the letter C.” (The “MORON!” at the end of his sentence is never said, but implied.)

  • Winston

    Jeopardy! is one of the best game shows currently on TV. I don’t watch any other studio game show but this.

    • William

      You say that Jeopardy is one of the best game shows that TV has to offer. I say you’re right.
      Jeopardy is by far the best game show on TV.
      As for Wheel Of Fortune, that show is nothing like it was 30 years ago.

  • MYK

    That’s probably the only good news we’re going to hear about any of our favorite programs this year! Having said that, I can’t imagine ever being bored enough to watch Wheel Of Fortune, while, to this day, Jeopardy! remains my all time favorite program.

    Unfortunately, I’ll have to agree to disagree with everyone who said that Jeopardy! hasn’t been dumbed-down. It absolutely has! While our advancing years have made us a bit wiser, I’m certain that many of the questions in the Double Jeopardy! round are ones that, 10-15 years ago, would have been in the first. Jeopardy! has always been one of those shows where a little knowledge on any subject usually goes a long way, but I can’t tell you how many times over the past couple of years I’ve thought to myself, “That’s the FINAL JEOPARDY! question?” And there are far more pop-culture and recent history questions now than in previous years. But hey! This is what we get for the lackluster education of the current generation. If the questions are too hard, people tune out. [As opposed to maybe picking up a book and learning something new.] But the shows still great and probably will never be replaced as the greatest quiz show in the history of television… So more power to them!

  • dan

    Anyone else notice that Alex has been even more insufferable than usual lately? Bring back Ben Stein’s Money!

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