FIFTEEN OF JEOPARDY!'S TOP PLAYERS COMPETE
FOR A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS IN
2011 TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
EPISODES TO AIR NOVEMBER 2-15
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (Oct. 26, 2011) -- "Jeopardy!," America's favorite quiz show®, is reuniting 15 of its recent champions for a head-to-head competition for a chance to win a quarter million dollars. The 2011 Tournament of Champions, beginning Nov. 2, will feature the show's recent highest money earners, including the winners of last season's College Championship and Teachers Tournament.
This year's competitors include:
|Brian Meacham||Film Preservationist||Anchorage, Alaska|
|Buddy Wright||Operations Engineer||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Charles Temple||High School English Teacher||Ocracoke, N.C..|
|Christopher Short||Editor of Trivia Games||Crawfordsville, Ind.|
|Erin McLean||Junior at Boston University||Danvers, Mass.|
|Jay Rhee||Oncologist||Annapolis, Md.|
|John Krizel||Writer||Oceanside, N.Y.|
|Joon Pahk||Physics Teacher at Harvard University||Somerville, Mass.|
|Justin Sausville||Urologist||Baltimore, Md.|
|Kara Spak||Reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times||Chicago, Ill.|
|Mark Runsvold||Student and Waiter||Moscow, Idaho|
|Paul Kursky||Online Marketing Producer||San Francisco, Calif.|
|Roger Craig||Computer Scientist||Newark, Del.|
|Tom Kunzen||Geotechnical Engineer||Orlando, Fla.|
|Tom Nissley||Writer||Seattle, Wash.|
The second place winner will earn a minimum of $100,000 and third place $50,000. Semifinalists receive $10,000, and contestants eliminated in the first round receive $5,000.
Since 1985, more than 300 contestants have competed in the tournament, with nearly $5.4 million in cash prizes awarded to the participating players. The featured champs for the upcoming 2011 Tournament of Champions have accumulated more than $1.9 million in cash prizes in their initial appearances on the show.
"Jeopardy!," the winner of 29 Emmy awards, including the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Program, was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most awards won by a TV Game Show. The series is the #1-rated quiz show in syndication with nearly 9 million daily viewers. "Jeopardy!" is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp.
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