Celebrity Jeopardy! is making a grand return to TV screens this Wednesday evening, promising fans a thrilling match as renowned queer actor Emily Hampshire, celebrated for her role in "Schitt’s Creek", competes to raise funds for GLAAD.
As part of this charitable venture, celebrities participating in the quiz show are in the running to secure a whopping $1 million grand prize, all for the charitable organization they're representing.
Star-Studded Jeopardy Quarterfinals
In the opening match of seven exciting quarterfinals, viewers will witness Hampshire compete against talents such as Mark Duplass from "The Morning Show" and Utkarsh Ambudkar of the series "Ghosts".
The drama continues on October 4 with the next quarterfinal that boasts a line-up featuring Brian Baumgartner from "The Office", Lisa Ann Walter of "Abbott Elementary", and Timothy Simons of the popular show "Veep". October 11 will be marked by star-studded contestants like Christopher Meloni ("Oz", "Law & Order: SVU"), Sherri Shepherd ("Sherri", "The View"), and famed sports commentator Katie Nolan.
ABC will air these showdowns at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central, with streaming also available on Hulu. Though the Jeopardy! website remains coy about revealing names or dates for subsequent quarterfinal games, USA Today’s For the Win blog unveils some exciting prospects.
Among the notable figures are Dulé Hill, acclaimed for "The West Wing" and "Psych"; Adam Rodriguez of "CSI: Miami" and "Magic Mike"; Melissa Fumero from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"; Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino; Peter Facinelli of "Twilight" fame; sports pundit Peter Schrager; NBA veteran Shane Battier; talk show host Sheryl Underwood; and Steven Weber, known for "Chicago Med" and "Wings".
The victorious from these quarterfinals will advance to a trio of semifinals, culminating in a gripping final round. But there’s more! Michael Davies, the showrunner for Celebrity Jeopardy!, hinted at potential innovations during a chat on the Inside Jeopardy!
podcast. He mentioned, “The show’s pace sometimes makes you lose sight of the ongoing category. We’ve tweaked that”. While Davies played coy about the specifics, he assured viewers they'll grasp the change as soon as they see it, emphasizing a refocused approach on individual categories.