Saturday, January 16, 2016
The Jeopardy reddit feed - don't let the picture of the bare-chested Alex alarm you - has a gossipy thread about the second season of 500 Questions, due this summer on ABC. Rumor has it that the show will replace Richard Quest, the abrasive Brit host. When ABC announced the second season a few months ago, Quest's status was left tantalizingly unstated. Now it looks like the producers may be combing the highways and byways for somebody presumably more acceptable to us unwashed Yanks.
Personally, I don't mind Quest on the quizzer. 500 Questions is a cutthroat show, with contestants spending much of their time in head-to-head confrontations. An in-your-face host seems just right for that kind of gladiatorial combat. But maybe the producers think Quest overdid the kill, kill, kill atmosphere.
Are we going to see a kinder, gentler 500 Questions, at least when it comes to the host? It's hard to imagine a Mr. Congeniality type like Pat Sajak or Chris Harrison on the show, unless they remake the format almost completely. Which doesn't seem to be in the offing.