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New round of 'Celebrity Jeopardy' begins

September 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A variety of different charitable organizations will be keeping a close eye on "Jeopardy" this season. Over the course of the next 10 months, 27 former celebrity players will return and play for the biggest purse ever.
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  • The competition for the first round of the celebrity version of "Jeopardy" will be played by actress Dana Delany, CNN's Wolf Blitzer and comedian Andy Richter.

    There's a change however to the game this time around and the winnings are big.

    "This is a year-long tournament and it's going to take place over 9 months," said Alex Trebeck, host of "Jeopardy". "Each month, one celebrity game followed by a week of semi-finals and a 2-game final match for that million dollars."

    That million dollars is for the charity of each celebrity's choice.

    "And we're bringing back celebrities that have played the game before so they know what to expect, they're not as nervous, they're going to perform a lot better," said Trebek.

    Wolf is playing for the American Cancer Society while Andy is playing for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and Dana playing for the Scleroderma Research Foundation.

    Eyewitness news caught up with the players during a rehearsal for the big show.

    "It's fun but it's nerve racking," said Delany. "I remember the last time I played I think I lost 5 pounds. It's really scary?I'm up against 2 braniacs. I've got Wolf Blitzer and Andy Richter. I think Andy Richter is one of the highest scoring players of all time."

    "Wolf is the one," said Richter. "He's actually the one who's got to sort of thing on his feet now and then and know stuff about stuff whereas Dana and I just have to look beautiful."

    The first round of "Celebrity Jeopardy" airs Thursday evening at 7:00 on ABC7. Episodes will broadcast every third Thursday through May, culminating into the ultimate 2-day final rounds.

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