Opening an episode of “Jeopardy!” originally scheduled to air on Christmas Eve, Alex Trebek noted the proliferation of online shopping over the years. While those changes mean many people now do their holiday shopping online rather than in stores and malls, Trebek observed, “Jeopardy!” has stayed the same.
Until now. The episode proved the penultimate one of Trebek’s 36-year-long stint as host, due to his death shortly after its late October taping, forcing producers to find a new host, and face, of “Jeopardy!” for the first time since Ronald Reagan’s first term.
Former champion Ken Jennings, who joined the “Jeopardy!” production staff at the beginning of its 37th season in syndication last fall, took the reins as guest host when the show resumed production following Trebek’s death. But as the Los Angeles Times recently reported, the show has commenced a full-fledged search to find a permanent replacement, rather than automatically bestowing the job on …