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In this week’s three-day exhibition, Jeopardy pit two of its finest minds -- champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter -- against the newest artificial mind designed by IBM. The supercomputer Watson took on the two champs in a two-game session that left the human contestants battling for a moment just to buzz in as each question was fired out by Alex Trebek.
At the end of the two-game, three-day session, Watson dominated. The computer scored a sum of $77,147 (the total comes from Watson’s odd penchant for betting off dollar amounts in Double and Final Jeopardy rounds), with Jennings scoring $24,000 and Rutter $21,600 at the end of two Final Jeopardy rounds. For his Final Jeopardy answer (which he got correct), Jennings added a personal message: “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.”
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IBM is taking computer gaming to an epic level.
Monday marked the debut of the supercomputer Watson, a machine so smart it’s capable of playing a game of Jeopardy . . . and maybe, winning it. The three-day game pits the computer against the show’s two greatest champions, Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, and at the end of Round 1 Watson is tied for first place.
Watson ruled categories like “Beatles People” and “Literary Characters APB,” though it struggled and offered wrong answers to other categories, including “Name the Decade.”
Still, the computer’s prowess was such that at the end of the episode, it’s tied with Rutter with $5,000 in the Jeopardy game bank . . . and champion Ken Jennings trails behind the machine with only $2,000 in the till. Check out the video above to get a look at Watson in action.
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The Game Show Network will renew High Stakes Poker’s seventh season with former SNL alum Norm MacDonald, a much-seen fixture in Adam Sandler movies.
Players who will participate in the high stakes game include Texas Hold ‘Em legends Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak. Reigning champion Jonathan Duhamel will join the players at the table for the first time in the seventh season as well.
High Stakes Poker is an all-cash Texas Hold ‘Em game where money talks. The show's seventh season will unveil a new 3D-view of the poker action via 3D channel n3D. The high stakes game is held at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. GSN's High Stakes Poker premieres on February 26 at 8:00 pm.
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A new year means a new TV schedule.
This week, we’ll see a number of familiar faces returning to primetime. On Monday, Brad Womack will play The Bachelor for a second time on ABC. The following day, Paula Abdul will come back to reality television with Live to Dance while Jane Badler will once again be featured in a series titled V.
As you will see from the schedule, Hellcats won’t be the only show airing on a new day. The Defenders will move to Fridays as will Fringe. Meanwhile, NBC has shuffled its Thursday night comedy lineup around.
We hope our detailed guide -- with information from the five major networks -- can assist you in the weeks to come. We’ve included the days, times and return/premiere dates for the midseason programs.
(NOTE: This schedule has been updated as of January 27. Don’t be surprised to see changes in the weeks to come.)
We would call this contest man versus machine, but Ken Jennings is more superhero than man.
The famed Jeopardy! winner, along with fellow champ Brad Rutter, will test his wits against IBM’s Watson program. Designed by the company’s artificial intelligence team, Watson will take on the two challengers over a three-day contest being held on February 14 though 16.
IBM hosted a similar competition in 1997, when it created a chess-playing computer to compete against champion Garry Kasparov. The computer (Deep Blue) won the six-game match by two games.
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-A television series based on the movie Practical Magic is currently in the works for ABC Family. The 1998 film starred Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as sisters in a family of witches.
-Meanwhile, a premiere date has been announced for the big screen version of 21 Jump Street. That film, based on the old FOX series, will premiere on March 16, 2012. Jonah Hill will be one of the stars.
-Love The Amazing Race? Well, you might enjoy the scenery even more next season. "We are doing Amazing Race in HD next year. I just announced it, there you go," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler promised.
-Longtime Wheel of Fortune announcer Charlie O'Donnell passed away on Monday from unknown causes. O'Donnell, who had been a fixture on the program for nearly three decades, was 78 years old.
GSN has made it possible to enjoy the best of four decades in a single night, and now they’re giving game show viewers what they always wanted: 1 vs. 100 without Bob Saget. The cable channel is rebooting the once-popular game show, awarding players up to $50,000 per episode. The stakes are smaller, but otherwise the game is the same.
Carrie Ann Inaba hosts the series, which is scheduled for debut on November 15. Inaba has also been seen on the judging panel of Dancing With the Stars.
Here’s an update on the shows you will and won’t be seeing in the months to come:
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (CMT)
- Covert Affairs (USA) - Season 2
- Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) - Season 10
- The Next Iron Chef (Food) - Season 3
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GSN has greenlighted their original game show Baggage for a second season, and the cable network is adding even more to the banner series. Hosted by Jerry Springer of talk show fame, Baggage explores the secrets that single daters are hiding from the other singles they meet.
New online segments are being added to the Baggage website in honor of Season 2. The segments are hosted by famous blogger Perez Hilton, a well-known Internet personality.
Perez Hilton’s Baggage Report features segments from the show and Hilton’s comments on what he sees. The newscast-style broadcasts are scheduled to air in 8 weekly segments.
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