Just when tv executives appeared to have exhausted all choices for getting the three most well-known “Jeopardy!” contestants again on tv, they managed to seek out one other approach.
This time, it’s by way of a distinct quiz present completely, one which doesn’t make its contestants flip their solutions into questions.
The three “Jeopardy!” stars who in January battled for the title of “Greatest of All Time” — Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter — will take turns showing on an ABC revival of “The Chase,” a brand new model of a quiz present that airs in Britain, the community introduced on Monday.
An earlier American model of the quiz present aired on Game Show Network from 2013 to 2015, on which Holzhauer confronted off as a contestant in opposition to Mark Labbett — often called “the beast” — in 2014. He carried out so effectively that he was requested to audition to be a colleague of Labbett’s, The Atlantic reported final 12 months. (He auditioned however was not requested to be on the present, Holzhauer stated in an electronic mail.)
The new present, which doesn’t but have a premiere date, can be hosted by Sara Haines, a co-host of ABC’s “The View.”
“The Chase” pits three rivals in opposition to a trivia powerhouse often called the Chaser — a job that can be crammed by Jennings, Holzhauer and Rutter on a rotating foundation. The Chaser is tasked with getting within the contestants’ approach as they attempt to earn money whereas answering as much as 166 quiz questions throughout an hourlong episode.
During one portion of the sport, contestants and the Chaser are requested the identical multiple-choice questions, racing towards the tip of a large recreation board with every right reply. The Chaser, who begins a couple of positions behind, goals to catch as much as the contestant, serving as a type of know-it-all antagonist (a job all three males needs to be used to taking part in).
The new present is aimed to construct on the rankings success ABC loved earlier this 12 months when the three males battled it out for the final word “Jeopardy!” title. Jennings, who had captivated “Jeopardy!” followers with a 74-game winning streak in 2004, came out on top, adding $1 million to the $3.4 million that he had already made on the show. Jennings is now a consulting producer on “Jeopardy!,” which started its 37th season in September.
Holzhauer’s astounding 32-game streak in 2019, during which he became known for betting big and winning eye-popping single-game amounts, is what set the stage for a face-off among him, Jennings and Rutter.
Rutter was on the show when contestants weren’t permitted to win more than five consecutive games, preventing him from winning more during the regular season. But he has won more money on the show than Jennings if you include all of the winnings he amassed during special tournaments. (Rutter did not win a match during the “G.O.A.T.” tournament, and Holzhauer often rubbed it in with snarky comments about his performance on social media.)
Still, the contestants celebrated the new deal on Monday, with Jennings tweeting, “The boys are back,” and Holzhauer joking about the dearth of new movies to catch up on from the slow pandemic months.
The first three episodes of the “Greatest of All Time” tournament raked in an average of 14.9 million viewers each, according to Nielsen data. The tournament aired for a second time in May.