James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter are coming back to Jeopardy!
“When James had his run last year, a lot of people were wondering, well how would he do against Ken Jennings? How would he do against Brad Rutter? (They’re) our two most successful players in Jeopardy history,” said Alex Trebek in an interview. “These three players have won close to $10 million in Jeopardy! prize money, and over 100 games among them, so it was logical.”
The tournament begins Tuesday, January 7 at 8 EST/PST on ABC, with a series of two back-to-back games (much like a Tournament of Champions final), with the player with the most combined winnings from the two games winning a “match”. Play would continue on successive nights (except Mondays) until one of them has won three matches. The winner wins $1 million, the runners-up get $250,000 apiece.
The tournament is scheduled to tape in early December; this is the first time Jeopardy! has aired in primetime since Super Jeopardy! aired in 1990.
The now-confirmed schedule is as follows:
Match 1: Tuesday, January 7 (8-9 PM Eastern)
Match 2: Wednesday, January 8 (8-9 PM Eastern)
Match 3: Thursday, January 9 (8-9 PM Eastern)
Match 4: Friday, January 10 (8-9 PM Eastern) (if necessary)
Match 5: Tuesday, January 14 (8-9 PM Eastern) (if necessary)
Match 6: Wednesday, January 15 (8-9 PM Eastern) (if necessary)
Match 7: Thursday, January 16 (8-9 PM Eastern) (if necessary)
Since Alex Trebek’s diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer, many community members have been raising money. The Jeopardy! Fan Online Store is as well! All proceeds from any “Keep The Faith And We’ll Win” shirt sold will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. To date, over $440 has been raised.)
Contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com
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