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James Holzhauer’s final Jeopardy answer, and other reality TV that warmed my week

James Holzhauer’s final Jeopardy answer, and other reality TV that warmed my week
Shubham Goel on The Circle (Image via Netflix)

Every Friday, I’m highlighting the shows, moments, or other things that I noticed while watching or covering reality TV during the previous week. These are things that I’m grateful for, or that made me laugh, or that sparked joy, or all three.

What James Holzhauer wrote for his answer to last night’s Final Jeopardy:

James Holzhauer's final Jeopardy answer on episode 3 of the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament
James Holzhauer’s final Jeopardy answer on episode 3 of the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC)

It says: “Who is the GHOST? (Greatest Host of Syndicated TV) Pat Saj Alex Trebek” ???

That whole round was terrific, with the question stumping all three players, who each offered their own bit, and Alex Trebek embracing their humor (“I’d like to welcome you to the Jeopardy! Comedy Hour”).


On The Circle episode 3, Shubham jumping up and down in his apartment, saying “Yes, yes, yes!” while waving around a ping-pong paddle when he became an influencer.

And then immediately realizing: “Everything I hate in the real world, I just became.”


Captain Lee Rosbach and Kate Chastain during season 6 of Below Deck. Both are back for Below Deck season 7
Captain Lee Rosbach and Kate Chastain during season 6 of Below Deck. Both are back for Below Deck season 7. (Photo by Greg Endries/Bravo)

How often the director Steven Soderberg watched Bravo’s Below Deck last year.

If you missed his 2018 review of the series, it was this: “If Stanley Milgram had an unlimited budget, no ethical guidelines, and took acid every day for a month, he would have created BELOW DECK. WHICH IS WHY I CAN’T STOP WATCHING IT.”


The response to “the goop lab.”

On Monday, Netflix released a trailer for a new unscripted series: the goop lab, all lower case, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and her brand.

As I tweeted, Netflix once aspired to create better versions of reality shows, so I’m assuming this is their elevation of ghost hunting shows or shows that star psychic mediums: total bullshit, but with beautiful cinematography.

As HuffPost reported, “It’s all very on-brand for Goop, which has been hit with criticism (and even a lawsuit) for its promotion of dangerous wellness products and ideas.”

This delighted me not because of the show, but because of the near-universal condemnation, which was often hilarious.

Perhaps this kind of misinformation needs to be fought more strongly and vehemently, but I also think that shaming and ridiculing might work too.

Just browse this Twitter thread for responses such as “You cancelled Santa Clarita Diet for this?” to this brilliant screenshot.

Even YouTube commenters—YouTube comments!—are having fun with it, with snark (“This appears to be a multimillion dollar ad for a scammer that rips off women for millions of dollars every year.” and the meta (“i came here purely for the backlash in the comments ?”).

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  • Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.

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