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Upcoming interim 'Jeopardy!' hosts announced

"Jeopardy!" guest hosts Mayim Bialik, from left, Katie

"Jeopardy!" guest hosts Mayim Bialik, from left, Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers and Bill Whitaker are seen in a composite image. Credit: Composite: AP

"Jeopardy!" finally has settled on its guest-host lineup, and the names are familiar ones. Among them: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers; and Mayim Bialik, formerly of "The Big Bang Theory," and now starring in the Fox sitcom "Call Me Kat."

Also joining for stand-in stints: Katie Couric (who was first reported as a candidate by the Los Angeles Times last week) and "60 Minutes" correspondent Bill Whitaker.

In addition — and perhaps most unexpectedly — the show's executive producer, Mike Richards, will also host for two weeks "once [Ken] Jennings' current run of episodes concludes," production company Sony said late Wednesday, while adding that more names "will be announced later in the season."

The show did not say when these five would begin, nor when Jennings — the show's "Greatest of All Time" champion who started as interim host on Monday — would wrap his current run.

As opposed to actual job tryouts, Sony seemed to indicate that these would be relatively brief one-time-only shots — otherwise known in the TV trade as stunt-casting. Each announced guest host also has a high-profile day job. Former contestant Rodgers ("Celebrity Jeopardy!," 2015) will lead his top-seeded 13-3 Packers against the Los Angeles Rams in an NFC divisional round playoff game Saturday.

Nevertheless, these five do raise intriguing questions. Could Sony be thinking of handling the job on a rotation basis — with Jennings here for a few weeks at a time, followed by others?

Or could the next full-time host, in fact, be a part-timer? ("Jeopardy!" episodes are taped back-to-back early in the week, leaving a potential host time to pursue other activities.)

Sony, of course, declined to comment.

"Alex [Trebek] was a legend, revered by all of us," said Richards in a statement. "I want to thank our guest hosts, who will not only help all of us celebrate his great legacy, but also bring their own touch to the show."

Trebek, who died Nov. 8 aged 80, had helmed the game show for 36 years.

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