The venerable TV game show “Jeopardy!” has been getting a lot of attention since current champion James Holzhauer began his record run. But columnist Daniel D’Addario writes in Variety that Holzhauer’s success may be bad for the show.
“He’s become such a dominant force that a historic run has come to seem, as television, boring,” D’Addario writes.
The columnist adds: “He is simply a more advanced player, a perfect one, seemingly sent from the future to dominate the show, and his personality as a TV character is frustratingly difficult to know, even by the standards of the breezily quick thirty-minute game show. More than most contestants, he is there to complete a mission.”
D’Addario notes that Holzhauer’s run “represents a bit of a producing challenge. If every episode is a blowout in which two of three contestants are basically never competitive, does that not grow uninteresting over time?”
The columnist also observes: “A steady march that goes the same way each episode evokes not the heady cut-and-thrust of a game well played but the dreary awareness that a game show, just like all other aspects of life in the late 2010s, can be optimized.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Variety to read the full column.