Jeopardy! fans are still buzzing about James Holzhauer's performance in the Tournament of Champions and the upcoming tournament between Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings early next year.
But Jeopardy! is a show that's much bigger than one man, even Alex Trebek. And regular Jeopardy! play has had its entertaining moments as well. That included a moment where the show's contestants completely blanked on who Tom Hanks was. The actor played the legendary children's entertainer in a film that hit theaters this month. But last week, three contestants on the show blanked when asked a question about Mister Rogers where Tom Hanks was the answer.
What makes this particularly startling is that the clue actually shows Hanks in character as Fred Rogers, footage they would likely have sen from trailers for the movie when that show was taped. The makeup Fast-forward to Monday's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel, where Hanks was a guest. Kimmel actually showed him a clip from Jeopardy! and let him react to the stumper, and he wasn't happy.
>The moment comes at about the 4:20 minute mark of the clip above, where Hanks is showed what happens and gets predictably miffed.
“You are kidding me!,” he exclaimed, drawing huge laughs from the crowd. “They didn't even have any wrong guesses?”
Indeed, only one contestant even tried to buzz in, but after the timer had expired. Hanks suggested some joke wrong answers there, obviously stunned that no one could recognize one of the most popular actors in America. Kimmel tried to help, chalking it up to his believability as the character. But Hanks wasn't having it.
“”I take it as you inhabited that character so beautifully that even they were absorbed instantaneously,” Kimmel said.
“I'll take that. Thank you,” Hanks said. “I think actually they were blinded by the red sweater and couldn't make anything out.”
It wasn't anyone on the show's finest moments, but Hanks definitely gave Kimmel what he wanted. And unlike everyone on the show, he's certainly not wrong here.
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...
An update arrived via Hanks' official Twitter account on Saturday, where he thanked the Australian medical staff for their care while in isolation.
Upon their return to the United States from Australia, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson posted an update on their situation since revealing their coronavirus diagnosis earlier this month. The message arrived via Hanks' official Twitter account on Saturday.
"Hey, Folks... We're home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing," wrote the actor. "Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx."
The pair, both 63, went public with their diagnosis on March 12 after exhibiting mild symptoms, such as chills, fatigue and a slight fever. They received treatment in an Australian hospital — Hanks was there for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann's untitled Elvis Presley movie — and continued to deliver updates throughout. In an Instagram post on March 17, Hanks assured the public, "We're all in this together. Flatten the curve."
Queensland Health, the Australian government department overseeing the outbreak in the state, believe that Hanks and Wilson may have contracted the virus in the U.S., or during transit.
As of this writing, the John Hopkins University Resource Center indicates that there are 115,547 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S., with over 1,891 reported deaths.