Two high-profile LGBT contestants will appear on ABC’s new show “Jeopardy! Masters,” a spin-off of the network’s long-running game show.
The show will pit six of the highest-ranking “Jeopardy!” contestants against one another, including Amy Schneider, a trans woman and Mattea Roach, a lesbian.
Both women made history on the show.
Schneider has dominated the show ever since her first appearance in November 2021. She won 40 games, the second-longest streak in the show’s history. Schneider then became the first trans contestant to appear in the Tournament of Champions, winning the $250,000 grand prize. She takes fourth place for the highest winnings in regular season play as well as fourth place for all-time winnings with $1.6 million.
Roach first appeared on the game show April 5 of 2022 and went on to win 23 consecutive games. Roach is the most successful Canadian to play “Jeopardy!”. She’s also the highest-ranking lesbian taking fifth in consecutive games won; sixth in regular season winnings; and 10th in all-time winnings with $560,983. At 24 she will be the youngest competitor in the tournament.
The other contestants include Matt Amodio, Sam Buttrey, Andrew He, and James Holzhauer. Holzhauer is known as one of the greatest “Jeopardy!” champions ever and is known for his risky wagers which in the past racked up impressive dollar figures. In fact, he holds all 10 spots on the leaderboard for single-game wins with the top spot being $131,127.
Meanwhile this will be another rematch for Schneider and He. He lost his original 5 game streak to Schneider in 2021 and then again in the finals of the Tournament of Champions in 2022.
According to Parade magazine Executive Producer Michael Davies said in the Inside Jeopardy! podcast he hopes the new series will become an annual Super Bowl-style event.
“Jeopardy! Masters” will premiere in primetime on ABC in 2023.