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Celebrity Jeopardy!: release date, host, contestants and everything we know about the game show

Mayim Bialik Celebrity Jeopardy
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Jeopardy! isn’t just for weeknights anymore, as ABC is premiering a spinoff of the popular game show, Celebrity Jeopardy!, a brand new entry to the fall 2022 US TV schedule.

Celebrity Jeopardy! may sound familiar to many. The first thing people may think of is the Saturday Night Live sketch that saw Will Ferrell play a beleaguered Alex Trebek against incredibly dumb parody versions of famous celebrities, most notably Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond). However, there have been many actual Celebrity Jeopardy! tournaments over the years, but those were usually at most once a year. This new version of Celebrity Jeopardy! is a weekly primetime event.

Here is everything that we know about Celebrity Jeopardy!

When is the Celebrity Jeopardy! release date?

Celebrity Jeopardy! premieres Sunday, September 25, at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC. Unlike its weekday counterpart, Celebrity Jeopardy! runs for an hour.

Celebrity Jeopardy! kicks off ABC’s Sunday night primetime lineup, which also includes the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune season 3 at 9 pm ET/PT and The Rookie season 5 at 10 pm ET/PT.

It’ll be fun to see how Celebrity Jeopardy! compares in its first batch of ratings to Sunday Night Football. Of course viewers could always double dip if they don’t mind missing the first quarter or so of the weekly NFL game.

Who is the Celebrity Jeopardy! host?

Mayim Bialik hosts Celebrity Jeopardy!

Bialik serves as one of the permanent Jeopardy! hosts alongside Ken Jennings, but she also handles many of the primetime hosting duties for Jeopardy!, including the Jeopardy! National College Championship in spring 2022.

In addition to hosting Jeopardy!, Bialik is best known for her roles in The Big Bang Theory and on her currently running TV sitcom, Call Me Kat.

Who are the Celebrity Jeopardy! contestants?

The first batch of contestants for Celebrity Jeopardy! have been revealed, with host Mayim Bialik sharing their names in a social media post:

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In case you didn’t catch all of those names, here are the announced Celebrity Jeopardy! contestants, as well as additional celebrities that have been announced as participants:

  • Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)
  • Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians)
  • BJ Novak (The Office)
  • Michael Cera (Arrested Development)
  • Candace Parker (WNBA star)
  • Iliza Shlesinger (comedian)
  • Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond)
  • Aisha Tyler (Whose Line Is It Anyway?)
  • Patton Oswalt (The Sandman)
  • Ego Nwodim (Saturday Night Live)
  • Andy Richter (Conan)
  • Eddie Huang (Fresh Off the Boat)
  • Reggie Watts (Tuca & Bertie)
  • Ike Barinholtz (The Afterparty)
  • Jalen Rose (ESPN analyst and former NBA star) 

If any more celebrities are announced we'll include them here.

What is the Celebrity Jeopardy! format?

It’s Jeopardy! but with famous people. The game format is not going to change, as three contestants still compete against each other by answering trivia questions in the form of a question hoping to rack up the most money. However, rather than for themselves, the contestants are competing for a charity of their choice.

Each episode is going to feature a single quarterfinal game. Since Celebrity Jeopardy! runs for an hour that means the contestants will play two official games of Jeopary!, with the highest combined score automatically moving on to the next round. TBD on whether there will be wildcard spots.

Here are the first three quarterfinal rounds:

Quarterfinal No. 1 (September 25)

  • Simu Liu
  • Ego Nwodim
  • Andy Richter

Quarterfinal No. 2 (October 2)

  • Eddie Huang
  • Reggie Watts
  • Iliza Shlesinger

Quaterfinal No. 3 (October 9)

  • Constance Wu
  • Ike Barinholtz
  • Jalen Rose

How to watch Celebrity Jeopardy!

Celebrity Jeopardy! airs on ABC, meaning that just about anyone with a traditional cable subscription of a TV antenna can watch it live on their TV. Those who have made the switch to a live TV streaming service, like FuboTV, Hulu With Live TV or YouTube TV, can also watch Celebrity Jeopardy! live.

To watch on-demand, the latest episodes are slated to be available to stream on Hulu or, if you’re a subscriber to another service with access to ABC, you can watch on ABC.com.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.