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‘Jeopardy!’ Scores Highest-Rated Episode In 14 Years With James Holzhauer’s Shocking Loss; While EP Harry Friedman Vows To Take ‘Appropriate Action’ Against Internet Leak

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This weekend and into Monday, none other than Jeopardy! was at the epicenter of a whirlwind when 32-game champion, James Holzhauer was attempting to break Ken Jennings’ all-time winning record.

Sunday afternoon, the game show’s executive producer, Harry Friedman and others on his producing staff became alarmed when somehow a “pirated” version of the key episode that was set to air Monday found its way on to the internet that gave away that Holzhauer would lose and fall just short of the $2.5 million mark that Jennings had set back in 2004.

Friedman told the Washington Post, “Somebody alerted us that they had seen it on YouTube. By the time we saw it, it already had 2,000 views.”  It then spread to other online sites.  Friedman shared that he, “can’t say at this point” who posted the footage, but producers have a good idea of what happened. “We think we know where and who and how,” he said, adding “very, very, very appropriate” action against those responsible.

Even with the leak, it did not stop the juggernaut that is Jeopardy! and the Monday episode, where Holzhauer’s winning streak comes to a halt, was the series highest-rated episode in 14 years in the overnights.  It also out-rated the night’s biggest primetime ratings grabber, ABC’s The Bachelorettte by 153%

More data from the show’s distributor, CBS Television Distribution also said that the show ranked No. 1 in homes for 29 of Holzhauer’s 33 days during his win-streak.

So, what did you think of Holzhauer’s low wager even though he had the correct answer, that sent him home?  What do you think about the individual or individuals that spoiled the results of Monday night’s show before it aired? Comment below, but first watch how James was defeated by Emma, the librarian from Chicago.

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All staged … All phony. Simply done for ratings. I can’t believe people continue to buy into this crap! Lol. If you worked on the number one game show … With a blockbuster episode coming…why would you leak anything and risk everything?? This was obviously done deliberately! Having a snippet of the show on social: media ensured even MORE people would tune in!!

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Ashley Jones Confirms Return to The Bold and the Beautiful

Great news Bold and the Beautiful fans! Ashley Jones will be back on-screen again as Bridget Forrester in upcoming episodes of the CBS Daytime drama series.

Jones confirmed the previously rumored news of her return via her Instagram account where she shared: “Do you think it’s to let you know Bridget’s alive and well or a preview for more to come?”

Be on the lookout for Jones beginning next week with the Monday, November 2nd episode.

Ashley has played Bridget on B&B in various lengths of times including: 2004–13, 2015–16, 2018, and in 2020.

So, what do you think Bridget will be involved with when Ashley is back on-air on B&B? Comment below.

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Eileen Davidson, Vince Van Patten & Caitlyn Jenner In Cast Of New Sitcom ‘Duke of the Valley’

A fictional apartment building featuring a set of very eccentric tenants in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California is the backdrop for a new indie comedy sitcom based on the memoirs of the late Dick Van Patten, best known for his role on the ABC series, Eight is Enough.

The show entitled, Duke of the Valley is co-created by Dick’s son, Vince Van Patten and his grandson, Duke Van Patten, who also wrote the series together. In addition, Vince is also directing and one of the producers of the series.

According to The Wrap, Caitlyn Jenner will star as Heather a transgender “white trash” woman who sells perfume at the counter of Macy’s.  Others in the cast include: Vince Van Patten’s wife and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Eileen Davidson (Ashley, Y&R and Ex- DAYS and RHOBH), who plays Brenda, a washed-up actress who can’t accept that her career in showbiz is over.

Vince Van Patten takes on the role of a homeless killer named Skipy, who demands to camp outside the apartment building.  Meanwhile, Duke Van Patten plays himself as an actor in Hollywood living in a dingy apartment building in the San Fernando Valley that happens to be owned by his ‘crazy uncle Jimmy”, played by none other than James Van Patten.

Duke of the Valley is currently in production, but without a network or streaming service attached to it yet.  Thus, no release date has been set as this time either.

So, what do you think of the premise of Duke of the Valley featuring Caitlyn, Eileen and Vincent? Comment below!

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Tom Pelphrey Set As Series Regular For Amazon’s Mystery Drama ‘Outer Range’

Another great feather in the cap for one of the finest actors we know, former Guiding Light and As the World Turns alum, and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Tom Pelphrey.

Fresh of his star-turn in Netflix;s Ozark as Laura Linney’s on-screen brother Ben, Pelphrey has nabbed a key role in the upcoming Amazon series, Outer Range.

The show also stars Lilli Taylor and Tamara Podemski and Josh Brolin.  Outer Range is from playwright Brian Watkins, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Amazon Studios.

According to Deadline: The story centers on Royal Abbott (Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness.  Taylor will portray Cecilia Abbott, the matriarch of the Abbott family. Cecilia is a woman of deep faith, which she finds tested as never before. Podemski will play Deputy Sheriff Joy. A life-long cop, Joy is running for county sheriff, and is the first gay Native American to ever do so in Wyoming. Pelphrey is Perry Abbott, the dutiful, eldest Abbott son, who is torn up inside by the lingering mystery of his missing wife.”

Coming up this Oscar season look for Tom in David Fincher’s Mank, where he plays Joseph Mankiewicz .

So will you be checking out Tom in Outer Range? Comment below.

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