How ‘Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time’ Came Together at ABC

Margeaux Sippell and Jennifer Maas

ABC’s primetime “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” tournament became a runaway success for the broadcast network last week, and it got there by capitalizing on a number of factors that led to a renewed fascination with the 56-year-old game show. Essentially, “Jeopardy!” only works in threes, and this is the first time there have been three players of James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter‘s caliber around to compete head-to-head for such a high title as the long-running syndicated game show’s “Greatest of All Time” a.k.a. GOAT. “We’re always trying to push the envelope and do something a little different, something a little more advanced, either from a technical point of view or from a content point of view,” longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek told reporters during ABC’s presentation at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. last Wednesday — the day after “GOAT” premiered. Also Read: 'Jeopardy! GOAT': Here's Why Brad Rutter's All-Time Winnings Record Is Not in Jeopardy “This tournament would not have been possible if it weren’t for James’ appearance on our program because there was never a third candidate, if you will, that we could put in against Ken and Brad and make...

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