3 Jeopardy! greats to compete this week for title of 'Greatest of All Time'

Posted at 9:20 PM, Jan 06, 2020

After a whirlwind 2019 for James Holzhauer, he along with two other past Jeopardy champs have been invited back to participate in an ultimate showdown to decide who is the "Greatest of All Time."

Holzhauer will be joined by Ken Jennings, who owns Jeopardy's longest winning streak at 74 games. They will be opposed by Brad Rutter, who has won the most money in Jeopardy history due to his number of tournament wins. Rutter first appeared on Jeopardy in 2000, when Jeopardy limited returning champions to five games. Rutter has since won a number of major Jeopardy tournaments, including the Ultimate Tournament of Champions.

Rutter has the distinction of being the only Jeopardy contestant to go undefeated against human competition (Rutter and Jennings both lost to an IBM computer in a special competition).

Holzhauer won 32 matches in a row and won the 2019 Tournament of Champions.

Unlike new episodes of Jeopardy which are syndicated, these episodes will air on ABC during primetime.

The competition is being held amid host Alex Trebek's battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The format will be a multi-, consecutive-night event, with the first contestant to wins three nights being declared the champion. Each night's competition will consist of two standard games.

Here is the schedule:

· TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 (8-9 p.m. EST)
· THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 (8-9 p.m. EST)
· *FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 (8-9 p.m. EST)
· *TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 (8-9 p.m. EST)
· *WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 (8-9 p.m. EST)
· *THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 (8-9 p.m. EST)

*If necessary.

“Based on their previous performances, these three are already the ‘greatest,’ but you can’t help wondering: Who is the best of the best?” host Alex Trebek said.