I’ll take Continuous Exhibition for $1000, Alex

Now this may be an idea to conjure with:

Is such a thing technically feasible? I think it is. Even assuming the tapes of the old Art Fleming version are lost forever — which would be consistent with NBC tape-handling practice from the 1960s — there are about 7,000 episodes from the Alex Trebek days (1984 to present). At 48 episodes a day, they could go 20 weeks before having to repeat an episode, though it’s not likely they’d run a full 48: the temptation to turn the late-night hours into a venue for vendors may be too much to resist for niche channels.

So it’s doubtful whether such an enterprise would be financially feasible. But at any given moment on any given cable system, there are at least 60 programs less interesting than Jeopardy!

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3 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    11 January 2015 · 7:32 am

    FXX seems to be slowly morphing into an “All Simpsons, all the time” channel, which I have to admit is an improvement over their previous model.

    If cable continues to exist in the future, I fully expect there will be those “all one thing, all the time” channels – I think I once posited an All Gilligan’s Island channel, never mind that there are fewer than 100 episodes of it.

  2. CGHill »

    11 January 2015 · 11:46 am

    Netflix has been encouraging this sort of thing; just recently they put up all ten seasons of Friends (236 episodes). This may be the path of least resistance for the binge viewer.

  3. Roger Green »

    11 January 2015 · 4:55 pm

    I’d watch old JEOPARDY! reruns, if only so I could actually watch the game I lost again. (The game I won, oddly, I have on VHS tape…)

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