This week we’re talking about what makes Jeopardy! a show you should tune into in 2020, the latest innovations in TV technology and the beginning of awards season.
Award season kicks off with The Golden Globes. The show drew a little over 18 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49, according to Live+same day data from Nielsen. Last year’s show, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, had 2% more total viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day. (Deadline)
Why Jeopardy! is great. E! writer Billy Nilles praises the show, now in its 36th season, for exhibiting its unique characters, serialized storylines and “revolutionary and flashy game play.” Most recently, host Alex Trebek decided to share his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer, inspiring viewers with his dedication not to miss a show. Nilles writes, “The last year has taken a game that was once written off as robotic and boring and revealed it to be perhaps the most human thing unfolding on the small screen on any given night. And because of it, we simply can’t look away.” (E!)
CES trends. This year, CES is bringing us a mobile temporary tattoo printer, an emotional support robot that nods when you speak to it and Samsung’s Ballie, the closest thing you can buy to Star Wars’ beloved robot sidekick BB-8. There’s also some TV news. Available on select TVs from Vizio, Panasonic, Samsung and LG, there will be a “filmmaker mode” setting that disables post-processing like motion-smoothing or automatic color boosting so people see content as filmmakers intended them to. (Paul Thomas Anderson, Ryan Coogler, Patty Jenkins, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan were among supporters.) Samsung premieried a TV called Sero that toggles between horizontal and vertical orientations, and LG is releasing 8K TVs this year. (Washington Post)
The Oscars this year won’t be hosted by anybody (again). Just like last year, this year’s Academy Awards won’t have a host. Last year, Kevin Hart was slated to take the role of central entertainer (who also is somewhat responsible for keeping the show on schedule), but after he dropped out in light of a controversy, the show had a rise in ratings, up 12% to nearly 30 million viewers. (CNN)
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