Fans of Mayim Bialik just got some great news!
Although “Jeopardy!” G.O.A.T. Ken Jennings has been hosting the show while Bialik films season 2 of her sitcom “Call Me Kat,” Bialik is headed back to the hosting podium on Monday, December 6, as she hosts the show’s first-ever Professor’s Tournament.
However, that’s not the only tournament that the former “The Big Bang Theory” star is hosting. Bialik has been recently selected to host a brand new special tournament that will take place in addition to regular gameplay starting in 2022.
Bialik To Host ‘National College Championship’
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Bialik was never supposed to host the show full-time due to her busy filming schedule.
She was only signed on to host the special tournaments while former executive producer Mike Richards hosted the show’s regular gameplay.
However, after Richards was fired for unsavory comments concerning women and minorities, Bialik quickly jumped in to help out. She now appears to want the hosting gig full-time, as there are reports that she even bought the cast and crew cupcakes behind the scenes to win them over!
Although a permanent host has yet to be announced for 2022, Bialik has been announced to host a new “Jeopardy!” tournament that will start on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. This special tournament will air on ABC at 8 p.m. and only take place Tuesday through Friday for two weeks before the finals kick off on Tuesday, February 22.
The “Jeopardy! National College Championship” has been described as a “multi-consecutive-night event that features 36 students from 36 colleges and universities from across the county, battling head-to-head for nine days of intense competition.”
No more details about the tournament have been revealed at this time.
‘Jeopardy!’ Challenges College And University Instructors In First-Ever ‘Professor’s Tournament’
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Although the National College Championship is a few months away, the show’s first-ever Professor’s Tournament is right around the corner.
Jennings will take a break from hosting as Bialik returns to host the two-week tournament starting on Monday, December 6, 2021.
As The Blast previously reported, this tournament features fifteen American professors competing to become the show’s first-ever Professor’s Tournament Champion. After facing off against one another in the show’s first week, the second week will feature the semi-finals, which will consist of the highest-scoring players from the first week.
Thursday, December 16, and Friday, December 17, will feature a two-day final round, where the winner is determined by a cumulative final score over those two games.
The first three professors that will appear on Monday’s first episode of the tournament is Hester Blum, Gautam Hans, and Gary Hollis. Blum is an English Professor at Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. Hans is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. Hollis is a Chemistry Professor at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.
The tournament features professors from every subject, including a Botany Professor, an Associate Professor of French Literature, an Associate Professor of Musicology, and an Associate Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.