Ever wondered how Anderson Cooper would fare against Chuck Todd in a game-show matchup? Can Chris Matthews’ knowledge of arcane trivia outdo Chris Wallace’s?
Viewers will discover the answers to these questions and more next month when top media contenders battle it out in a “Power Players” week of competition on “Jeopardy!”
For the third time in its history, the show is offering a star-studded cast of contestants including authors, journalists and politicos. The celebs will compete for a minimum of $50,000 per game, to be donated to the charity of their choice. Contestants who don’t win will still earn $10,000 for their organizations.
The show announced its contestants today. Among the high-profile names are comedian Lewis Black, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and Todd, Fox News’ Dana Perino and Wallace, and CNN’s Cooper.
For Cooper, it’ll be a chance to reclaim some lost dignity. He won no money two years ago on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” in a matchup with winner Cheech Marin of comedy duo Cheech & Chong. Matthews will also have a chance to do better than last time; he won second place, behind Charles Shaughnessy, best-known for his role as Maxwell Sheffield on “The Nanny.”
The”Jeopardy! Power Players” episodes will air May 14 to 18.
Here is the full list of who will play and what charities will benefit:
Fox News Channel “The Five”
“Fox News Sunday”
Hope for the Warriors
American Institute for Stuttering
Dr. Mehmet Oz
“The Dr. Oz Show”
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
MSNBC “Hardball” and NBC “The Chris Matthews Show”
La Salle College High School
“BBC World News America”
International Women’s Media Foundation
NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer and Global Cultural Ambassador
52nd St. Project and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
CNN “Anderson Cooper 360°” and
syndicated talk show “Anderson”
The Trevor Project
CNBC “The Faber Report” and ”Squawk on the Street”
New Visions for Public Schools
Thomas L. Friedman
The New York Times
Former White House Press Secretary
Pine Hills Literacy Project