Author Jonathan Franzen competed in Monday night's episode of "Jeopardy!," kicking off its "Power Players Week."
In first after two rounds and into Final Jeopardy, Franzen eventually fell to conservative pundit S.E. Cupp, who wagered less on the question that all three contestants got wrong. ("Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd took home the bronze.)
But his "Jeopardy!" stint may affect his "arrogant" persona.
Time called Franzen's appearance "humanizing":
"Franzen ... was clearly a bit more nervous than his assured competitors, who work in TV. But that added to the sense that the novelist, who’s become a figure representing far more than himself, is just another person who knows some but not all of the answers on the board."
Forthcoming Power Players this week include Louis C.K., Al Franken and Michael Steele.