Sunday, March 30, 2014

Gurus

A rash of stories has dotted Google News lately about Jeopardy's 50th birthday. This is a bit misleading because the show has not been on the air continuously for a half-century. But that's a quibble, I know. Let's just say it's been on the air for most of a half-century.

This CNN story is typical, trotting through the show's well-known history and tossing in a few offbeat contestant stories. But if you're a regular reader of this blog, you probably know most of that stuff already. What I'd like to talk about are the two game show experts the story quotes extensively: Steve Beverly and Carrie Grosvenor.

They aren't as active as they used to be on the Internet. Steve has long since given up his game show site, and Carrie posts much less frequently nowadays at About.com. They developed very different Internet reputations. Steve never shied from controversy and was often reviled for his strongly expressed views. (I can sympathize, Steve.) Carrie has always been much more judicious in her comments, something I wish I could emulate.

When the inevitable subject of Alex Trebek's successor comes up in the CNN story, they both pick Pat Kiernan. My own pet favorite is Mark Walberg, who did fine work on the late, lamented Russian Roulette and appeals to the Jeopardy demo on Antiques Roadshow. Media types seem to be betting on Matt Lauer. We'll see what happens, one of these half-centuries.

3 comments:

  1. I've never met Steve but I catch every one of his interviews on the internet program. Stu's Show (he's scheduled for another appearance this Wednesday). I've always found him to be very well informed and passionate about game shows. And the fact that he is a professor at one of my old alma maters (Union University, Jackson, Tennessee) doesn't hurt either.

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  2. Oh, Steve's passionate all right. And a lot of people on the Internet are passionate in their criticism of him. But you could say the same thing about other game show pundits...like Casey Abell, for instance.

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