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.