James Holzhauer is perhaps the biggest name in Jeopardy! that’s not Alex Trebek right now. The record-smashing Jeopardy! contestant took the game show world by storm earlier in 2019, and his return for the upcoming Tournament of Champions is the biggest buzz the show has gotten in some time. The other news that ran concurrent to that, unfortunately, is the pancreatic cancer diagnosis of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.
Holzhauer himself will joke that game show scandals a few decades ago mean that Holzhauer and Trebek can’t exactly be best friends, but they have had a warm relationship both on and off the show. Holzhauer, for example, made a large donation in Trebek’s honor to a pancreatic cancer research walk earlier in the year.
“I felt like I had to do something in Alex’s honor, and it was a great opportunity to show my hometown some love,” Holzhauer said according to the Las Vegas Journal Review.. “I was definitely surprised when that donation went viral.”
The interview centered around the heh of Trebek, who last week detailed how a second round of chemotherapy for his Stage IV pancreatic cancer has impacted his heh and possibly his ability to host the show. That’s tough to hear for Holzhauer, who called the news that he needed another round of chemo a “gut punch” earlier this year.
“I’m not sure I can give you a more poignant reaction than ‘this really sucks,’” Holzhauer told the Review-Journal on Wednesday in an email. “It’s basically the same thing I felt when I first heard the news of his cancer diagnosis in the ‘Jeopardy’ green room.
“I will say that during the ToC taping, Alex’s voice and delivery sounded as good as ever.”
Holzhauer called Trebek a trouper, noting, “I’m sure it’s getting more and more difficult for him to keep showing up to work …”
He told the Vegas paper that Trebek’s uncertain future on the show is tough to take.
“Whatever happens from here, I’m glad I had the opportunity to be on the show with Alex,” Holzhauer wrote. “I can’t imagine ‘Jeopardy’ without him.”
That’s a sentiment a lot of Jeopardy! viewers certainly agree with, and hopefully there’s more good news for Trebek on the horizon. For now, he continues to host the show through Season 36, including Holzhauer’s return to the Jeopardy! stage in November.
Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Series: Jeopardy!
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix and Hulu
The Pitch: “This long-running game show has survived for decades, brushing off imitators, smiling along with parodies, and rarely changing its perfect format even as the entertainment landscape around it has shifted in profound ways.” “What is Jeopardy!.”
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: I have incredible memories of sitting on the floor of my grandparents’ living room, watching Jeopardy! with them after school. To say that this long-running game show has been in the background of my entire life is not an understatement – it was on the air years before I was born and I imagine it will exist, in some capacity, long after I’ve shuffled this mortal coil. And yet, Jeopardy! isn’t just a nostalgic rush. It isn’t just something that makes me feel warm and fuzzy about my late grandmother and those lazy afternoons. Jeopardy! has been around for so long because it’s the best damn game show of all time, a no-bullshit experience that sets out to do a handful of things better than anyone else and does so five days a week.
And while I watch DVR recordings of new Jeopardy! episodes every day after work, the fact that the show is currently offering select episodes on Netflix and Hulu is an extra treat and a wonderful way to see how the show has changed or rather, not changed over the decades.
If you’re looking for various Jeopardy! collections, sets of episodes built around a long-running champion player or a certain theme, Netflix is the place to go. The collections tend to get rotated out and replaced with new ones every few months, so act now. They’re an easy binge at 20 minutes a pop. For something a bit more extraordinary, you’ll need to head to Hulu to watch the Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time tournament, where the three winningest players in the show’s history face off in a fast-paced duel that boggles the mind. These guys aren’t just smart – they know how to play the game, manipulating the standard game show meta to command the board. It is exhilarating.
But while the tournament is probably the most flat-out exciting the show has ever been, the daily, comforting joy of Jeopardy! comes not from the master players raking in the millions, but from the ordinary folks given a chance to shine. Compare these contestants to most modern reality show participants – they’re on television not because they’re weirdos with a desire to find fame by existing in the lowest common denominator, they’re on television because they earned this opportunity with intelligence and...
Editor's note: The list is constantly updated. Dates refer to when announcements were made, or when an event is scheduled to happen.
You’ve probably seen our other COVID-19 list, the one where we are examining every cancellation that has taken place as the pandemic takes hold in our community. This is the counterpoint to that “Houston, we have a problem” list; this is the one where we’ll talk about how the show must go on, how the Force will be with us, and, maybe most importantly, how we’ll be back.
IndieWire will continue to update this page with the latest breaking news regarding virtual events, work logistics, TV premieres, and general acts of bravery and kindness. This is the place where we’ll be documenting our return to normalcy — and make no mistake, we’ll get through this. The most recent updates will be posted at the top of the running list below.
–Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the National Theatre are making the theater version of “Fleabag” available to stream, with proceeds going to COVID-19 support charities in the U.K. Soho Theatre’s On Demand streaming site will have it on April 6 for $5; Amazon Prime Video will have it for U.S. audiences on April 10.
–Premiering on Acorn TV: “Deadwater Fell”
–Premiering on Bravo: “Camp Getaway”
–Premiering on Netflix: “The Big Show Show”
–Premiering on PBS: “Broken Places”
–Premiering on ABC: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Secrets & Surprises”
-Focus Features is launching “Movie Mondays,” free Facebook livestreams of classic films. The current schedule will feature “Gosford Park,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Mallrats,” and “My Summer of Love.”
–IFC Center in Manhattan, like other theaters, may be closed, but it’s moving forward with an online version of its signature short film programming with “Wish We Were Here: Shorts by IFC Center Staff.”
Documentaries, comedies, dramas, animated shorts, and experimental work from the ushers, cashiers, managers, and projectionists who staff the theater will be presented at ifccenter.com, with a different film available for free every few days.
It launched March 31 with Joe Stankus’ “Marquee,” a black-and-white visit with the now-retired longtime IFC Center usher Larry Alaimo as he changes the letters on the theater’s marquee and reminisces about his life at the cinema.
–Premiering on E: “Total Bellas”
–Premiering on Bravo: “The Real Housewives of New York City”