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Jeopardy! taps Louis C.K., Anderson Cooper for Power Players Week

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Louis C.K., meet Alex Trebek. Alex, meet Louis.

The comedian is among the 15 names — ranging from politicians to journalists to the creator of Mad Men — hand-picked to participate in Jeopardy! Power Players Week. Joining C.K. in top-billing are CNN’s Anderson Cooper, author Jonathan Franzen, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, and former Mad Men boss Matthew Weiner.

Other names of note are current Meet The Press host Chuck Todd and his predecessor, David Gregory, in addition to former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who walked off her self-titled show after acrimoniously parting ways with the network.

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The special will film the week of April 9 at Washington D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall. Contestants will be playing for up to $50,000 for the charity of their choice. All participants are guaranteed to win $10,000 for the organization they’re representing.

Power Players Week airs May 16–20. See the full list of contestants and their charities below.

  • Kate Bouldan, CNN’s At This Hour, playing for Free Arts NYC
  • Louis C.K., comedian, playing for Fistula Foundation
  • Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post, playing for Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • Anderson Cooper, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360°, playing for Spike’s K9 Fund
  • S.E. Cupp, conservative commenter, playing for Share Our Strength
  • Al Franken, U.S. Senator (D-Minn.), playing for USO
  • Jonathan Franzen, author, playing for American Bird Conservancy
  • David Gregory, CNN political analyst, playing for Martha’s Table
  • Melissa Harris-Perry, professor and TV host, playing for Girls for Gender Equity
  • Sunny Hostin, ABC News’ senior legal correspondent, playing for Bronx Children’s Museum
  • Lara Logan, 60 Minutes, playing for Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Ana Navarro, Republican strategist, playing for Operation Smile
  • Michael Steele, politician and MSNBC analyst, playing for Catholic Charities Mona Center
  • Chuck Todd, Meet the Press host, playing for Samaritan Inns
  • Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men, playing for Alexandria House

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