'Wheel of Fortune' & 'Jeopardy!' Resume Filming — Learn the Precautionary Measures Taken Amid COVID-19
“Wheel of Fortune” & “Jeopardy!” are set to resume filming with new changes made to the stages following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the production of “Wheel of Fortune” & “Jeopardy!” had to be put on hold for a few months. Now that the world has started opening up gradually, the two game shows are set to return to their regular programming schedules.
People are photographed social distancing while wearing face masks in a shopping mall due to the novel coronavirus on March 19, 2020 in Perth, Australia | Photo: Getty Images
According to an exclusive report by Deadline, the syndicated shows are slated to begin filming this week [for “Jeopardy!”] and next week [for “Wheel of Fortune”]. The shows would, however, be incorporating new styles to allow for proper practice of the precautionary measures put in place by the CDC.
The setback [the quick spread of the novel coronavirus] reportedly occurred some weeks after “Jeopardy!” host, Alex Trebek, marked one year since he got his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
While the “Jeopardy!” stage would have more spaces between the three podiums for contestants, the “Wheel of Fortune” stage has been redone to allow for social distancing between its contestants.
Those who partake on “Jeopardy!” are also expected to be at a safe distance from the host’s platform. The New York Post reported that in addition to those changes, only essential members of staff and crew would be permitted on the stages.
For those behind the scenes, personal protective equipment (PPE) would be provided, and all staff/crew would be getting tested for the virus regularly.
Amid the reports of the shows’ return, USA Today recounted that “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” had to stop filming in front of people on March 10.
The long-running game shows then put a pin in filming new episodes on March 16 following the quick spread of the novel coronavirus. The setback reportedly occurred some weeks after “Jeopardy!” host, Alex Trebek, marked one year since he got his pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
Earlier this month, Deadline disclosed that the 80-year-old revealed that the year-long battle has come with “massive attacks of great depression” that left him wondering if there was any need to keep going.
Those thoughts, however, didn’t last long as Alex claimed that he saw them as a “betrayal” of his wife, Jean, other cancer patients, his family, fans, and his faith in God. Alex’s fans have already made it clear that they cannot wait to see the father-of-two back on the set of “Jeopardy!”