College tournaments have been part of the regular Jeopardy! series for years but now, ABC is trying a primetime version that will air nine times over two weeks. How will this TV series perform opposite the Winter Olympics? Will Jeopardy! National College Championship be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
A trivia game show, the Jeopardy! National College Championship TV series is a primetime version of the syndicated Jeopardy! College Champion tournament. It is hosted by Mayim Bialik. In the show, 36 college or university undergraduates answer trivia questions and compete in one of a dozen quarterfinal matches (two games per hour episode). The winners of each match move on to the four semifinal games. The three players with the highest point scores from those matches then compete in the two-game final in hopes of winning the big $250,000 prize.
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What do you think? Do you like the Jeopardy! National College Championship TV series on ABC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?