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Posted on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 2:42 p.m.

'Survivor' and 'Jeopardy' feature contestants with local ties Wednesday

By Jenn McKee

Note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that "Jeopardy!" will be pre-empted in Detroit tonight.


Erik Reichenbach


Two people with local ties will be featured on national television today (Feb. 13), though local viewers may miss out on one of them.

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.

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.


Jenn McKee

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 4:11 p.m.

We've been talking a lot about "Jeopardy," but we should also note that Erik survived his first episode of "Survivor" Wednesday night.

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 3:05 a.m.


Kai Petainen

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:52 a.m.

HA!!!! That's not me. That's another Kai.

An Arborigine

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 12:21 a.m.

I can't wait until Survivor is a casualty, followed by cancellation


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 3:26 a.m.

Or you could just not watch it.

An Arborigine

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 1:09 a.m.

"reality" television must shrivel up an die

Macabre Sunset

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 12:27 a.m.

If you're hoping CBS will pick up The Misadventures of Honey Boo-Boo in its place, you're probably tilting at windmills.


Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 9:33 p.m.

She was on Jeopardy this afternoon at 12:30 (or maybe it was a rerun?). Alex Trebek acts very strange with her, almost biased. She seems like a nice person and very smart.


Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 10:23 p.m.

I watched Stephanie in October, and Alex seemed very smitten by her then, almost flirty. She is a very intelligent lady; I hope she does well in the tournament.


Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 9:34 p.m.

oops, just realized that's what Donald Martin wrote.

Donald Martin

Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 8:14 p.m.

Actually, "Jeopardy!" is pre-empted tonight by Mayor Bing's State Of The City address. Channel 4 aired tonight's game at 12:30 pm today instead -- caught it completely by accident...

Bob Needham

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 2:34 a.m.

Here's the recap:

Macabre Sunset

Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 10:30 p.m.

It's tough, because there are only four slots for non-winners, and she's already behind one person. She earned $13,000 and Jason Shore earned $14,000. Paul Nelson won with about $16,000. She opted not to put anything on Final Jeopardy - Jason put down $1,000 (she and Jason were tied going in) and Paul also did not put down anything, but was ahead by a couple of thousand going into FJ. Last year, the wild-card slots for the semifinals were at $18,599, $16,401, $16,003 and $6,012. We'll see...

Donald Martin

Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 9:44 p.m.

The outcome : Stephanie didn't win the game, but she has a high enough score that she's likely to be one of the wild card contestants in the semi-finals.

Bob Needham

Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 8:59 p.m.

Looks like it will still be aired in Lansing, on WILX Channel 10. Our friends at the Jackson Citizen Patriot plan to write up a recap, and we'll post a link to that when it's live this evening.

Jenn McKee

Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 8:46 p.m.

Also, since there might NOT be a re-airing of the episode locally, would you mind sharing the outcome with us?

Jenn McKee

Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 8:39 p.m.

Thanks for this tip. We've updated the story to reflect that, and are making inquiries about whether the show will be re-aired at another time.