Jeopardy! hosts.
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Jeopardy! is reportedly nearing a deal with its executive producer, Mike Richards, to take over as the permanent host of the show, which is … fine, I guess.

There's nothing objectively wrong with Richards. He's not Dr. Oz — which, let's face it, is a really big plus in his column. From the point of view of the Jeopardy! higher-ups (er, the even-higher-ups), he makes a lot of sense: He's a veteran of the game show world, having formerly produced The Price Is Right and hosted Beauty and the Geek. He was also repeatedly ranked by critics as being the best of the 15 guest hosts to try their hand at the Jeopardy! hosting gig so far.

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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at TheWeek.com. She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.