Believe it or not, non-Jeopardy! viewers, but Celebrity Jeopardy! is a real thing and not just a classic series of SNL skits.
America’s favorite quiz show has been inviting celebrities on to try their hand at trivia since its ninth season in 1992. And yes, like in the aforementioned SNL skits, the questions are usually a bit “dumbed down” from the usual games. Still, many celebrities over the years have revealed themselves to be secret brainiacs with their surprising performance on the grueling game. Comedians like Cheech Marin, athletes like Aaron Rodgers, and actors like Jane Kaczmarek have all brought home some serious money for their respective charities.
Now, in its 39th season (and it second after the death of iconic original host Alex Trebek), Jeopardy! is going to give Celebrity Jeopardy! another go. This time, however, the stakes and scopes are much greater. Instead of being isolated to only a week within Jeopardy!‘s regular programming, Celebrity Jeopardy! is getting the primetime treatment with a series of weekly standalone specials.
Mayim Bialik (who shares full-time Jeopardy! hosting duties with Ken Jennings) will act as host for this iteration of the celebrity competition. Celebrity Jeopardy! premieres Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. New hour-long episodes will premiere each week at that time on ABC and will be available shortly after on Hulu. What’s more is that Jeopardy! is utilizing the hour-long format to incorporate an unprecedented “Triple Jeopardy!” round, all culminating in a $1 million prize purse for the winner’s charity.