Monday, April 15, 2019


From the 'Jeopardy!' site:
It’s been nearly a decade since Roger Craig set the Single-Game Winnings record. On September 14, 2010, Roger kicked off Season 27 by scoring $77,000 in the second of what would become a six-game winning streak. The previous record holder? A guy named Ken Jennings, who hit $75,000 back in 2004.

Fast-forward to 2019: Four-time winner James Holzhauer has already made a name for himself among the greats. With a one-game total of $110,914 – a number James intentionally hit to put his daughter’s birthday in the Jeopardy! Hall of Fame – he now holds the coveted title.

I thought this made a good topic for a Minutiae Monday post.  First off, yeah, time got away from me.  But hey, it's a TV record, set on a show which will one day be inducted into the Television Universe. 

There's also another reason, however.  Recently, a new incarnation of 'The Twilight Zone' has surfaced on television, presented on the premium platform of CBS All-Access.  Long ago, I made a vow that I would only purchase three such platforms.  That far and no farther, as the poet would say.

So I have my three - Amazon Prime, Netflix and a Showtime/HBO combo.  And that suits me fine. But since then, so many other appealing options have popped up - Acorn, Britbox, MHz, DC Universe, Disney Plus and the aforementioned CBS All Access (the worst platform name of the bunch.)

So, I've only watched one of the new T-Zone episodes, the one offered free on YouTube.  And its story line - a comic gaining the ability to make people laugh, but at a price - not only reminded me of a 'Night Gallery' episode, but also any "deal with the devil" themed episodes.

So here we have what could be inspiration for another such tale.  A man sells his soul to the Devil for the chance to win big on a TV game show.  (O'Bviously it couldn't be 'Jeopardy!')  And then by the end of the episode, it looks as though he's at the top of the world with his winnings and his fame, and suddenly the taste of victory turns to ashes in his mouth.

Sounds like a good fanficcer idea if you want to run with it....


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