'Survivor' and 'Jeopardy' feature contestants with local ties Wednesday
Note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that "Jeopardy!" will be pre-empted in Detroit tonight.
Former Pinckney resident Erik Reichenbach comes back for the new season of “Survivor: Caramoan,” premiering at 8 p.m. on CBS. And while Milan’s Stephanie Jass returns to “Jeopardy” for its Tounament of Champions tonight, the show—which normally airs at 7:30 p.m. on channel 4 (WDIV)—is pre-empted tonight due to Mayor Bing's State of the City address.
27-year-old Reichenbach, who now works as a comic book artist and lives in Santa Clarita, California, is most vividly remembered for his bright green running shoes, and for giving away his immunity during “Survivor: Micronesia”—and consequently being voted off just before making it to the final four.
On the CBS website, Reichenbach lists his reason for being on “Survivor” this season as: “To show everyone that I am really not dumb, and in actuality I am a smart, funny guy who just does things in a different way.”
Jass, meanwhile, is an assistant professor of history at Adrian College who was a seven-time champion on “Jeopardy” last year; Jass also set the record for most consecutive wins by a woman on the show, and walked away with $147,570 in winnings, which ranked her among the top 15 all-time “Jeopardy” winners.
Although the show is pre-empted tonight, reportedly the station aired the episode early, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The station has not yet announced whether it will rebroadcast the episode.
The Tournament of Champions taped over the course of two-days in mid-January. Five winners from the first week advance to the semifinals, as will four wild-card players.