Ken Jennings to Return to ‘Jeopardy!’

Dec 29, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Sony Pictures Television’s syndicated game show strip “Jeopardy!” is bringing back all-time champ Ken Jennings for a special “Super Tournament” in early 2005.

As part of a 15-week tournament, Mr. Jennings will return to the show along with previous winners of “Jeopardy!’s” annual Tournament of Champions, College Championship and Teen Tournament, and more than 100 of the top-scoring, undefeated, five-time champions in the show’s history. Nearly 150 players will compete in a series of games that will narrow the field to two players, who will then compete against Mr. Jennings in the finals, to air in May.

The winner will receive a $2 million prize. The second-place winner will receive $500,000, while the third-place winner gets $250,000. All participating players will be guaranteed prize money at each level of the competition.

In November, Mr. Jennings entered the record books as the biggest money winner in game show history, racking up more than $2 million in prizes and months of airtime. His run on the show became something of a media sensation, culminating in appearances on late-night talk shows and offers for product endorsements. Thanks to Mr. Jennings, “Jeopardy!” saw its ratings increase.

Mr. Jennings’ marathon run came about after a rule change in 2003 that allowed contestants to keep playing until they lost, as opposed to leaving the show after five consecutive wins. Harry Friedman, “Jeopardy!’s” executive producer, said the rule change “raised the question about how other five-time champions might have played under this rule. This tournament is an opportunity to give those past champions another chance to shine.”

“Jeopardy!” is distributed domestically by King World Productions.