Do gameshow writers do their homework?
June 9, 2012 7:45 AM Subscribe
How much planning (or lack thereof) goes into the selection of knowledge-based game show categories & questions?
posted by Gordafarin to media & arts (10 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I was watching a TV game show where, during the introductions, the host asks the contestant what types of questions they're hoping will be asked or what their weak areas are. Now presumably the questions are already chosen at that point, but it made me wonder: Do staff take into account a contestant's profession and background when choosing questions? All the suspense is lost if a player's million-dollar question is about their day job and it's not really fair to the other contestants to watch a Jeopardy player sweep a category about their home state. Is this part of the planning of the show?