There’s a mystery man in Jeopardy!‘s life, and the fans have already fallen for him. David Faber, host of CNBC’s morning talk show Squawk on the Street, began his guest-hosting gig on the ABC game show last night (August 2). Even though audiences didn’t recognize him as well as they did with faces like LeVar Burton and Aaron Rodgers, they still gave him a warm welcome.

Faber actually does have some ties already with the show, bringing a bit of expertise to his one-week stint as host. Back in 2012, the TV personality competed in the Jeopardy! Power Players Tournament, defeating Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dana Perino of Fox News. During his intro for the show, Faber touched on that experience, explaining how he was able to learn from Trebek in real-time.

“I am so excited to be here. As a financial journalist, I live in a world of facts, and what I love is that that’s what Jeopardy! is all about,” Faber said. “Having also played as a contestant with Alex [Trebek], I understand just how important it was to him that the players were able to perform at their very best. And I hope and intend to honor that standard as a guest host this week.”

After that, Faber was off to the races, reading off clues and meeting the contestants. Even though last night was his first time hosting, fans already think he’s got it all handled. One Twitter user even compared him to late host Trebek.

“Wait a minute… Where did David Faber come from?” another wrote. “This guy is a natural. It’s either him or Ken Jennings for permanent host.”

Faber will serve as guest host until this Friday, August 6. At the moment, only one guest host is set to follow Faber: American sportscaster Joe Buck. Sometime in the weeks to come, Jeopardy! is expected to announce the permanent host.

Jeopardy! airs weeknights on ABC at 7/6c.

wheel of time

When 2021 started, there was a shortlist of fantasy projects I was abnormally psyched for — Netflix’s Shadow and Bone and The Witcher Season 2, the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, and the long-gestating Lord of the Rings series — but Prime Video‘s The Wheel of Time was not on it. Hype for the Robert Jordan adaptation just wasn’t reaching my ears. The show had quietly been in production since 2019, and I knew Rosamund Pike was starring as Moiraine, but besides that, it wasn’t on my radar. This was a huge mistake!

Now that I’ve savored a flurry of preview clips, caught up on how confident Amazon is about the series, and (gulp) finally started the odyssey of reading all fourteen WoT books*, The Wheel of Time is the show I’m most hyped for in 2021. And if you’re a fan of fantasy, you should be, too. All early signs point to The Wheel of Time being great. Moreover, the story itself is a perfect blend of rich world-building, old school fantasy, and coming-of-age tales.

*In my defense, I had a group of sci-fi and fantasy pals in the ’00s who were frustrated with the “slog” and they very vehemently warned me off of it. You know, because they didn’t realize it would end well. (Or so I’ve been told. I’m only halfway through Book 5 right now. No spoilers past then, please!)

The Wheel of Time might be new to you, or you might be skeptical because so many fantasy shows have burned you before. Nevertheless, I’m feeling pretty gosh darn hyped for the series based on everything I’ve seen and heard so far. Here’s five reasons why you should get amped for The Wheel of Time (and why I have my fingers crossed it’ll be my next favorite fantasy series…).

It’s Coming. Soon.

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Maybe one of the most frustrating parts of being a fan of any fantasy series is the waiting. We spend years of our lives waiting for new books to be added to an ongoing series and even longer for good film and television adaptations to hit the screen. The Wheel of Time has a lot of in production adaptations beat as both the book series is done — so no question about what ending the showrunners are working towards — and the show is coming soon.

The Wheel of Time Season 1 will premiere sometime in November 2021. That’s three months away. That’s not next year or sometime in the future. Or September 2, 2022. There is a date attached to the series and it’s soon.

Moreover, it should be noted that besides COVID-19, The Wheel of Time’s production seems to have been largely…uneventful. Rafe Judkins has stayed showrunner. Directors have turned in edits (we believe) on time. There are no awful stories about injuries on set or COVID outbreaks. Heck, I haven’t even heard stories like the whole series has to be reshot (like Amazon’s Carnival Row.) The only stuff that’s leaked are blurry photos of actors in costume (which are hard to track down!) and really happy pics of the cast getting along off set.

So it seems like The Wheel of Time is going well… So well, Amazon is pretty darn confident about it.

Amazon Has Already Ordered Season 2.

You know how The Wheel of Time Season 1 isn’t dropping until November? We haven’t even gotten a true teaser trailer yet. Still, Amazon has already ordered The Wheel of Time Season 2. In fact, the second season is currently shooting over in the Czech Republic. That means scripts are done, the story is moving forward, and Amazon is so confident in The Wheel of Time, they want to be sure they can get a new season on Prime Video ASAP.

So that’s good news! Right? Oh, you’re still not sure why you should care about The Wheel of Time???