EXCLUSIVE: America’s longest running two game show, wheel of Fortune And Jeopardy! Going back to the studio.
Both shows were influenced by the production shutdown of COVID-19, but Deadline understands that both syndicated shows, which come from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Distribution, are scheduled to begin filming this week and next week.
However, there will be some adjustments.
In wheel of Fortune, Deadline understands that the wheel has been redesigned to provide appropriate social distance between competitors.
over on Jeopardy!The stage has been slightly redesigned to allow more space between the three contestant podiums. Contestants will also be at a safe distance from host Alex Trebek at their lecture.
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As you can imagine, both shows took health and safety precautions, as they returned to production in Culver City, California. Only the required staff and crew will be allowed on stage, PPE will be provided to everyone behind the scenes and all staff and crew will be tested on a regular basis, while contestants will be in the studio before taping Will be tested. Social distancing measures will also be strictly implemented both on stage and off.
Jeopardy !, Which is set to film five episodes two days a week, is expected to return to the studio this week, while wheel of Fortune The film is targeted to return to shooting next week.
wheel of Fortune, Hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, is entering its 38th season, while Alex Trebek-host Jeopardy! Going into its 37th season. Both shows, created by Merv Griffin, are contracted through the 2022-2023 season and produced by Mike Richards, who replaces the retired Harry Freedman.
“wheel of Fortune And Jeopardy! Returning to the studio to tape episodes for the show’s upcoming season. Protocols are in accordance with current government guidelines to protect competitors, employees, crew and talent from the proliferation of COVID-19 in presentations. While some things may change behind the curtain and on set to keep everyone safe, fans can expect to see the same wheel of Fortune And Jeopardy! A season spokesperson told Deadline, “They fall in love when the season begins.”