A primetime spinoff of the long-running popular game show Jeopardy! will air in a primetime slot on ABC next year.
Jeopardy! National College Championship was announced by Sony Pictures Television on Wednesday (Aug. 11). The tournament series will feature 15 colleges and universities from around the U.S. battling for two weeks, with the winning students receiving a grand prize of US$100,000.
The series will be hosted by actress, author and neuroscientist Miayim Bialik (pictured), who served as a guest host on Jeopardy! earlier this year from May 31 to June 11. Bialik is best known as one of the stars on the long-running sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Jeopardy! family,” Bialik said. “What started out with my 15-year-old repeating a rumor from Instagram that I should guest host the show has turned into one of the most exciting and surreal opportunities of my life!”
The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television, with Mike Richards serving as executive producer. Richards himself was named the new host of the daily syndicated Jeopardy! series, replacing Alex Trebek who died last year. Since Richards became a rumored frontrunner to replace Trebek, he’s faced criticism for his involvement in employment discrimination lawsuits, filed between 2010 and 2011, from his time working for The Price Is Right as executive producer. In a memo, sent to Jeopardy! staff, published by The Hollywood Reporter, Richards has said the allegations in the employment disputes don’t reflect the reality of who he is or how he worked on The Price Is Right.
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