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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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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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