After a two-week break for the annual Tournament of Champions, won by Sam Kavanaugh, “Jeopardy!” returned to regular game play last Monday. As part of that change, the show transitioned into another guest host, with Mayim Bialik replacing former Tournament of Champions winner Buzzy Cohen behind the lectern.
Bialik’s appearance will also raise money for a cause dear to her heart, as Jeopardy! will match contestants’ winnings during her two-week stint, donating those funds to the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
Gen-X viewers of a certain age will remember Bialik as starring in the title role in Blossom, an NBC sitcom on the air from 1990 through 1995. Subsequent to her work as a teen actress, Bialik received a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2007. She later returned to acting, considering it more conducive to life as a parent, and starred in “The Big Bang Theory” from 2010 through 2019.