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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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ICYMI WATCH: OWN’s ‘Ambitions’ All-Access Special & Get Ready For Its Soapy Debut Next Week

It’s time you start familiarizing yourselves with the new families of soapdom from the mind of its creator and executive producer, Jamey Giddens (former Daytime Confidential editorial director and co-owner).  In Ambitions, it’s the Lancasters. Carlisles and the Banks, who head up the series familial backstabbing power and sex hungry drama.

Giddens new series with producer Will Packer is set to debut next week on Tuesday night, June 18th (10PMET/9PMCST) on OWN.

Robyn Givens heads the cast as Stephanie Lancaster   Look for former daytime favorites, Matt Cedeno (Ex-Brandon, DAYS) and Rick Hearst (Ex-Ric, GH) to show up on the series as well during its run.

Earlier this week, OWN featured an all-access special so viewers can get a preview of the story and learn more about the characters they are about to take a ride with during the first season.   You can watch it in its entirety below.

In addition, the series released a segment on Giddens, illustrating that, as we all already knew, this guy knows his soaps and understands the genre!

Check both videos out below, and let us know if you will be checking out Ambitions when it bows on Tuesday night via the comment section below.

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Guiding Light & ATWT Alum, Tom Pelphrey Is New Series Regular In Upcoming Season of Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

Well, soap fans knew when they saw the character of Jonathan Randall debut in Springfield on Guiding Light that the young man who portrayed him was going to go far in his career, and that has been what’s been happening since he left daytime for Tom Pelphrey.

Pelphrey, who won two Daytime Emmys for his role on GL and later did a run as Mick on As the World Turns, has gone on to star as Ward Meachum on both seasons of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix, appeared on Cinemax’s Banshee and more recently did a guest spot on NBC;’s drama Blindspot to name just a few of his projects.

Now comes word via Deadline that Pelphrey is joining the third season of Netflix’s drama Ozark as a series regular.  The series stars Laura Linney and Jason Bateman and details the life of a family as the navigate within a dangerous drug cartel.

Pelphrey has been cast Linney’s younger brother named Ben Davis, and in story, he arrives for an unannounced and inopportune visit. He quickly reminds Wendy (Linney) who she used to be and who she is running from.

Upon the announcement of his casting, Tom took to his Twitter account and said, “Dream job!”

So, will you be checking out Ozark to see Tom in his new role?  Did you love him as Jonathan (Reva’s son) on Guiding Light? Comment below.  But first watch Tom’s winning moments and acceptance speeches at the 2006 and 2008 Daytime  Emmys.

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Matthew Ashford Talks Jack’s Political Decisions & Amnesia On All-New Episode Of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The latest installment of of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is out now featuring conversations and segments with three of the popular stars of the long-running daytime drama series.

First, host Michael Fairman chants with Matthew Ashford for a return visit and six-month check-in since he first returned to DAYS as the beloved Jack Deveraux but with a twist!  Yup, Dr. Rolf got a hold of the guy, and he has amnesia.

Now after this return, he is won the mayoral race in Salem, placed Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva) as the police commissioner, and is trying to get Haley (Thia Megia) deported out of the country in the immigration storyline, even though his son, JJ (Casey Moss) is in love with the young woman.  In the meantime, Jack is upsetting his family and loved ones with his latest personality change, while Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) hopes somehow she get still get through to her one true love, so he remember his past.  On the podcast, Matt dives into all of it.

Later in a dressing room, segment, Camila Banus (Gabi) and Freddie Smith (Sonny)  chat about working on the show, with each other, and some other fun tidbits as they catch up.  And as viewers know, Gabi and Sonny, as well as Will (Chandler Massey) all have a unique and special relationship with one another.

To listen to the podcast go to iTunes to download or you can head over to NBC.com/InsideSalem and listen there as well.

Now, let us know in the comment section below; how you are liking the current machinations of Jack, and if you prefer him with Eve, or are you still hoping for a reunion with Jennifer?

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