‘Jeopardy!’: Inaugural Professors Tournament Hosted By Mayim Bialik Set To Start on Monday

by Jonathan Howard

It isn’t often that new things come to Jeopardy! That is until this year, of course. With new hosts and now a brand new tournament, fans are excited.

Mayim Bialik is going to take hosting duties for the new Professors Tournament that is set to begin on Monday. There is a $100,000 grand prize up for grabs. 15 professors will enter, but only one will walk away as the champion. These leaders of higher education are set to put their knowledge to the test. There have been teacher tournaments, student tournaments, but this is a first for the show.

The tournament starts Monday, December 6, so fans should get ready. So, Jeopardy! put out a promo to get viewers excited. “Just because you’ve graduated doesn’t mean you’ve stopped learning,” one contestant says. “It’s competition, to the highest degree,” Bialik says at the end of the video. Check it out below.

Fans were quick to chime in down in the replies. There are a lot of things to be excited about with a new tournament, but perhaps fans have their minds on other aspects of the show. Mainly, the host. Not only were there calls to make Bialik the permanent host, but others said Ken Jennings should be made permanent host. While that doesn’t seem likely, viewers are always going to share their opinions.

This season, Jeopardy! produced a lot of great contestants and champions. Of course, the most notable had to be Matt Amodio. However, there have been two other contestants who made 5+ day streaks since he lost after 38 games. Amy Schneider has really put on a showing during her time as champ.

‘Jeopardy!’ Amy Schneider on Being 10 Day Champ

There are big milestones for Jeopardy! contestants. The first is winning that first game. Then, after five games in a row, they are eligible for the Tournament of Champions. This year we had Matt Amodio, then we had Jonathan Fisher. Now, we have Amy Schneider. She is just one win away from passing the 10th place all-time in wins. Fisher holds that distinction along with Arthur Chu at 11 wins.

Schneider talked about being a 10-day champ. She said, “I mean, I’m not gonna pretend I didn’t think I could do good. But this has just been so much better than I thought I would do. It’s really hard to say what it means yet, I don’t know.”

As it stands, Schneider has amassed $380,200 in winnings. That is good enough for 8th all-time in regular-season winnings. One of the things that makes Schneider more impressive is she has a bit of James Holzhauer in her game. She makes risk wagers and is willing to put up the big risks for big rewards. It takes confidence in order to do that game in and game out.