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‘Jeopardy!’ Is Back!

Here’s your guide to the new season

Jeopardy name, 'Tournament of Champions' on a display screen
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Jeopardy! kicks off its 39th season Sept. 12 — and it’s already one of the most talked-about years yet, thanks to an exciting “Tournament of Champions” lineup, a prime-time spin-off series and several surprises for fans.

Before you tune in, here’s what you need to know.  

When does ‘Jeopardy!’ premiere?

The new season starts Monday, Sept. 12, on ABC (check local listings or this link for air times).

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Who’s hosting the show?

Ken Jennings, the $2.5 million Jeopardy! winner who’s been dubbed “the Michael Jordan of trivia, the Seabiscuit of geekdom” by Slate magazine, and Big Bang Theory star turned game show host Mayim Bialik. He’s rumored to have a sky-high IQ; she’s a neuroscience Ph.D. in real life. They’ll split hosting duties this season, with Jennings hosting through December and Bialik taking the reins in January.

Who’s competing in the first episode? 

Luigi de Guzman, an attorney from Arlington, Virginia, picks up where he left off on the last episode, when he won $23,401. The other two contestants are Illinois financial risk manager Katherine May and Tim Faulkner, a paperboy from Michigan.

The tournament begins Oct. 31 (Happy Halloween!), with Jennings hosting. Here’s a guide; “seeded champions” Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach and Amy Schneider will advance directly to the semifinals.

In this year’s “Tournament of Champions” finals, the three contestants will play until someone wins three matches, which means the final round could last anywhere from three to seven days. This year’s tournament will also include two alternate contestants chosen in the “Second Chance” tournament.

What’s the “Second Chance” tournament?

Starting Oct. 17, this tournament will determine the final two contestants in the “Tournament of Champions.” Jennings will host, and here’s a guide to the 18 contestants.

What else is special about this season?

Executive producer Michael Davies says Jeopardy!’s Election Day episode on Nov. 8, which coincides with the second anniversary of Alex Trebek’s death, will be a must-see.

Speaking of Alex Trebek, is there a place where I can watch his old episodes?

Yes! Many classic episodes are now streaming for free on Pluto TV, including the very first episode Trebek hosted, on Sept. 10, 1984, and Ken Jennings’ original 2004 winning streak. Watch them on Pluto TV’s 24-hour Jeopardy! streaming channel or on demand.

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What’s the new ‘Jeopardy!’ prime-time series?

Celebrity Jeopardy! premieres Sept. 25 on ABC. Hosted by Mayim Bialik, this hour-long series will feature Michael Cera, Simu Liu, B.J. Novak, Patton Oswalt, Candace Parker, Ray Romano, Iliza Shlesinger, Aisha Tyler and Constance Wu competing to win money for charity (and show each other up). Missed it? No problem. Episodes will stream the next day on Hulu.

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What else is new for fans?

Jeopardy! now has an official podcast. Launched in August, Inside Jeopardy! is hosted by Michael Davies and Sarah Whitcomb Foss. Each week, they feature behind-the-scenes stories, interviews, game-play discussions and exclusive announcements. Recent episodes include a joint interview with Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik and a chat with longtime announcer Johnny Gilbert. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Is ‘Jeopardy!’ on social media?

The show is on Instagram, and Twitter. Follow it for more news, which includes a daily three-minute highlight recap of each new episode.