weather icon Rain
RJ App
Vegas News, Alerts, ePaper

James Holzhauer returns to TV on ABC’s ‘The Chase’

Before “Jeopardy!” there was “The Chase.”

Not in the grand scheme of things, obviously, but in the mythology of James Holzhauer.

In 2014, the Las Vegas sports bettor who would blossom into the phenom known as “Jeopardy James” won $58,333 on “The Chase,” the Game Show Network remake of the popular British quiz show. He comes full circle as one of the stars of the prime-time reboot, debuting at 9 p.m. Thursday on ABC.

Holzhauer alternates with his fellow “Jeopardy!” legends Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter each episode as The Chaser, the trivia master trying to keep contestants from walking away with prize money.

“I’ve been hoping for this job offer ever since” that 2014 experience, Holzhauer told the Review-Journal in November when the series was announced. “The Chaser must combine two of my favorite things: trivia smarts and the persona of a pro wrestling heel.”

While only one of the three stars in each episode — Jennings is up first, with Holzhauer thought to get the spotlight next week — the remaining two are shown periodically talking smack about the contestants in the offstage Chaser’s Lounge.

“The Chase” is a difficult series to explain, but it combines the buzzers of “Jeopardy!” with the theatricality of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and a little of The Banker from “Deal or No Deal.”

It also adds to Holzhauer’s collection of nicknames, having christened him “The High Roller.”

Contact Christopher Lawrence at clawrence@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4567. Follow @life_onthecouch on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Tenacity, confidence keys for Keira Knightley

“Mum spent her life saying to me, ‘Keira, scream and shout until people hear you,’ ” recalls the 37-year-old British actress, star of the new Hulu movie “Boston Strangler.”

Five minutes with Jon Taffer

The host of the Paramount Network’s wildly popular Bar Rescue on spending 250 days a year on the road — and why Las Vegas is home sweet home.

‘Ted Lasso’ star rallies around belief, love and laughter

“Every experience I go through — marriage, my public life, my personal life — I’m learning as I go,” says Jason Sudeikis, whose hit series “Ted Lasso” returns Wednesday on Apple TV+.