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1!!General trivia:* Under the current clue values, the highest possible score in a game of ''Jeopardy!'' is $566,400. To achieve this score, a player would have to:** Answer every single clue correctly in the game, with no clues left on the board due to time running short.** Find the Jeopardy! Round Daily Double on the last clue on the board, in the $200 row, wager everything and get it right.** Find both the Double Jeopardy! Round Daily Double on the last two clues on the board, both in the $400 row, wager everything on each of them and get both right.** Wager everything in Final Jeopardy! and get that right too.!!Specific trivia:* ActorAllusion:** One celebrity episode of ''Rock & Roll Jeopardy!'' consisted entirely of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' alumni, and was hosted by Jeff Probst as usual. It also contained an obligatory question about the band that recorded "Eye of the Tiger", which no one answered correctly.** "Game Show that has been hosted by Hugh Downs, Jack Narz ... And Alex Trebek". One contestant guessed ''Jeopardy!''[[note]]The correct answer is ''Series/{{Concentration}}''.[[/note]]* AuthorExistenceFailure: Given the LongRunner nature of the Alex Trebek version, it's inevitable that some notable players have passed on over the years.** Perhaps the most notable is Cindy Stowell, who managed to get on the show despite being diagnosed with cancer at the time. She reigned as a six-day champion in 2016, but sadly died just eight days before her first episode aired. Trebek filmed a special tribute segment that aired at the end of her final episode. During the 2017 Tournament of Champions, which Cindy would have qualified for, all contestants wore blue ribbon lapels in her honor.** Jerry Frankel won the first Tournament of Champions in November 1985, but passed away on July 14, 1987 at age 34, making him the only TOC winner to not return to any "All-Time" tournament, e.g. "Super Jeopardy!", "Ultimate Tournament of Champions".** Bruce Naegeli was the top winner of the 1987-88 season, and the second place finisher in the 1988 Tournament of Champions, before passing away on June 9, 2009 at age 65. His last Jeopardy appearance was in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions, where he won his opening game before being defeated by Brad Rutter, the tournament's eventual winner.** The 1992 Tournament of Champions has seen 3 players pass away afterwards:*** Richard Kaplan, a 5-time champion, passed away on November 14, 1993, almost exactly a year after the tournament. Having won $73,202, he was the top 5-time champion not present for the Ultimate Tournament of Champions.*** Leonard Schmidt, the 1992 Seniors Tournament winner, passed away on April 18, 1994.*** Kirk Ditzler, a 5-time champion, died from cancer on August 25, 1998.** Bob Mesko, a Season 22 5-time champion who got a second shot at his 4th game after a badly worded Daily Double, passed away from cancer on November 16, 2012.** Larry Martin, the 2018 Teacher's Tournament winner, passed away from cancer.* BeamMeUpScotty: Modern-day "I'll take ____ for $X Alex" jokes where X is $100, $500, or other values with an odd-numbered-hundred dollars are technically quoting the show correctly, but only pre-2001 episodes when those values still existed. In the Jeopardy! of this millennium, even the first round goes $200-$400-$600-$800-$1,000.* {{Blooper}}: The scoreboards are also prone to this.** On at least the second Trebek episode, during Final Jeopardy!, a contestant's wager was accidentally deducted from another player, although this was quickly fixed.** On another occasion, a contestant rang in with an incorrect response, but the value of the clue was briefly '''added''' to their score instead of subtracted from it.* CreatorBacklash: According to a 1989 interview in ''Sports Illustrated'', Art Fleming disliked many facets of the Trebek version, finding it too glitzy and dumbed-down compared to his versions, while also expressing disdain for only paying out to winners and giving parting gifts to losers.* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: With their crack research team, ''Jeopardy!'' rarely has wrong information in a clue, but it has happened very sporadically.** For instance, one clue on April 9, 2004 said that Johnny Gilbert announced on the Bob Barker version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', which he did not (the late Johnny ''Olson'' did.)[[note]]Johnny Gilbert had, however, announced Creator/BillCullen's version of ''The Price is Right'', and on one occasion actually guest-hosted an episode.[[/note]]** One in mid-2011 was actually acknowledged by Alex in a post-production segment during a commercial break. The clue read "The sixth tone in the scale of C minor", with the intended response being "What is A?" In actuality, A is the sixth tone in the scale of C ''major'' (A ''flat'' would have been the correct answer for the clue as written.) Alex also noted that it ended up not affecting the outcome of the game (champion Linda Percy's guess of B was wrong for either scale, and she won in a lock anyway).** Heck, Alex got the name of his first American game show wrong, calling it ''The Wizard of Oz'' rather than ''Series/TheWizardOfOdds'' during a 2002 episode. He corrected his mistake before Double Jeopardy!, [[OldShame noting that it was "easily forgotten"]], and jokingly asked "Was it me or was it the show?" After audience laughter, he concluded that it was the show.** A clue on September 23rd, 2016 asked for a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' alumnus who died in 1992, and accepted Chris Farley as the correct response. Farley died in 1997.** February 21st, 2017 had one based on ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' with the answer being "'Hyrule Legends' & 'Link's Crossbow Training' are Wii options in this 'Legendary' game series." There is no ''Zelda'' game titled "Hyrule Legends" and the closest match, "Hyrule Warriors Legends," is a [=3DS=] port of a [=WiiU=] title. The "Link's Crossbow Training" portion is accurate, however.** January 11, 2018 had a Final Jeopardy! clue of "It's the first Oscar nominee for Best Picture to be produced by an Internet streaming service". The answer they were looking for was ''Film/ManchesterByTheSea'', but the show had a post-production correction that aired immediately after the game with Trebek explaining that the clue was erroneous: Amazon Pictures didn't produce the film, but rather was a co-distributor. The error didn't affect the champion (who had a runaway game) or the eventual second-place finisher (who gave the intended response), but Trebek explained that the third-place finisher, who gave an incorrect answer ("What is ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''?"), would be invited back at a later date.** A clue in a video games category on October 7, 2019 fell victim to a hoax image on Twitter claiming that the pieces in ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' have such names as "Orange Ricky" and "Smashboy". Officially, the pieces are named after the letters they resemble.* EditedForSyndication:** Season 12 (1995-96) had Johnny Gilbert adding "An official sponsor of the 1996 Olympic games..." to the openings of some episodes with its logo plastered on the globe. When the season aired on GSN, the line was cut from said episodes.** Episodes that aired on GSN from August 2000 onward had promotional consideration plugs edited out. Starting a year later, the consolation prizes were also edited out.** During the College Championship semifinal game 2, contestant Viraj Mehta appeared to be FlippingTheBird during the interviews. This was edited out of reruns.** The January 11, 2017 episode had a clue read by ''Series/MadMen'' creator Matthew Weiner. Following his sexual allegations, the rerun of the show in 2018 dubbed it over with Alex reading a slightly rewritten version of the clue.* ExecutiveMeddling:** Former associate producer Harry Eisenberg released a book in 1993 which, among other things, claimed that producers would tamper with the questions to help more female players win. Alex Trebek denied the allegations.** According to the Sony e-mail hacks, Sony tried to do this during Kids Week when a StageMom wrote to them, angry over an incident when her daughter learned she wouldn't participate in that episode's Final Jeopardy and she [[RageQuit ran off in a huff]], demanding some sort of reparations over it and that her daughter was not a SoreLoser. Sony was actually ''willing'' to retape the entire segment to appease them, but Alex Trebek pretty much told Sony that if this was what things were coming to, then it was time for him to leave.* FanNickname: The 1991-96 set is called the "grid set" by fans, while the 1996-2002 set is called the "sushi bar".* FollowTheLeader:** Whenever a long-running champion employs tactics such as the Forrest Bounce and/or aggressive Daily Double wagering, it is common for contestants who appear after their run to try the same tactics. Results have been mixed, with many challengers faltering for one reason or another despite their best laid plans, while a number of notable ''Jeopardy!'' champions have won a large number of games while largely playing the "traditional" way, including notable 12+ time champions like Julia Collins and Seth Wilson.** In terms of the ''Jeopardy!'' format, it has seen its share of later game shows with a big board of questions selected by three contestants, like ''Series/{{Debt}}'', ''Series/TheChallengers'' (which was an update of another NBC quizzer, ''The Who What or Where Game'' (1969-74), which focused more on current-events and wagering/betting), ''Series/MakeTheGrade'', ''Let's Go Back'', and Canada's ''Game On''. In fact, ''Let's Go Back'' producer Scott Sternberg would later create and produce ''Jep!'', the short-lived kids version of ''Jeopardy!'' from 1998.* FridayNightDeathSlot: In an aversion during seasons 17-18, 21, 23, 25, 27-29 and 33, many of ''Jeopardy!''s traditional two-week tournaments would begin on a Wednesday and end on a Tuesday two weeks later (starting with the November 2000 College Championship), rather than the usual scheduling of two full, self-contained weeks of tournament play from Monday of one week to Friday of the next. While this often occurs in November to avoid conflicting with the US presidential election and Thanksgiving-related preemptions, this can also allow tournament finals to take place on a Monday and Tuesday, which traditionally get bigger television audiences than Thursdays and Fridays. After over three seasons of typical tournament scheduling, ''Jeopardy!'' brought back a Wednesday-Tuesday format for November 2016's Teen Tournament.** Uniquely, the February 2011 Teen Tournament began on a ''Thursday'' and ended on a ''Wednesday'', as it was scheduled immediately following the IBM Challenge, which aired across three episodes from Monday-Wednesday. As a result, the semifinal games were broken up due to the weekend, the only time this has ever occurred with a regular 2 week tournament.* HeAlsoDid: Trebek was producer for first three years he hosted the revival. He even came up with the tournament format entirely on his own.* KeepCirculatingTheTapes:** The original Fleming era is believed to have been destroyed by NBC, although about 20+ episodes are known to exist and four (plus the first five minutes of another) circulate. [[note]](September 7, 1966 {the five-minute excerpt}; February 21, 1972 {the 2,000th show}; April 24, 1974 {seen in ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie''}; June 27, 1974 {Kim/Kent/Karen, called "the three K's" by Art}; and the GrandFinale.)[[/note]]*** In January 2010, five consecutive episodes from August 1968 and a Tournament of Champions show from late 1969 surfaced on audio tape featuring Burt Sherman's run to become the 48th undefeated champion. The person who presented the tapes, Steve Sherman (Burt's son), also had a pair of four-minute "home movies" consisting entirely of footage from these games; a slideshow of Game 5, plus nine clips from it matching up the audio and video, can be viewed [[ here.]]** The 1974-75 syndicated run and 1978-79 revival are intact; a single episode circulates of the former, while seven episodes circulate of the latter. [[note]](October 2-3, November 13 {an episode which surfaced following the above events}, January 1 {audio only}, January 16 {surfaced in March 2013}, a Tournament of Champions final sometime between 1/16 and 3/2, and the GrandFinale.)[[/note]]** When reran on GSN, certain Trebek-era seasons were rarely seen there, especially from seasons prior to 1996. Just 5 episodes have been officially released on DVD via 2006's ''Jeopardy - An Inside Look at America's Favorite Quiz Show'', those being the series premiere from 1984 and 4 Ken Jennings games (his 75th and final regular game from November 2004 and the Ultimate Tournament of Champions final games from 2005)*** At its logical extreme, infamous March 1986 five day champion Barbara Lowe's games were never re-aired after their original run in any form. Given her reputation, it's unlikely the episodes will be seen until a tape turns up in someone's collection, despite her first win coming over 4 day champion and TOC semifinalist Lionel Goldbart.* LifeImitatesArt: After winning 2002's Million Dollar Masters tournament, Brad Rutter took a page from Alex Trebek's playbook and became a game show host of his own, on the regional Pennsylvania quiz bowl series ''Inquizitive with Brad Rutter'', and was introduced as a TV quiz show host during 2005's Ultimate Tournament of Champions. He has also been informally suggested by some fans as a candidate to replace Alex on ''Jeopardy!'' when the time comes.** A handful of Celebrity Jeopardy! and Power Players Week contestants have also followed their ''Jeopardy!'' appearances by becoming game show hosts, like Regis Philbin, Meredith Vieira, Wayne Brady, Jeff Foxworthy, Andy Richter, Chris Hardwick, Patrick Duffy, and Anderson Cooper, who has been a rumoured Trebek replacement in his own right. There have also been celebrity contestants who hosted game shows at the time (like Pat Sajak) and others who had hosted game shows previously (like Tom Bergeron.)** ''Saturday Night Live'''s popular ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' sketches always featured an inaccurate board layout, with four clues in each, rather than five. When ''Sports Jeopardy!'' premiered in 2014, it too only had four clues a category, though in this case, any similarity to SNL is likely coincidental (especially with different clue values, and one less category than SNL's ''seven''.)** Well after Music/WeirdAlYankovic's classic parody song "I Lost On Jeopardy!" came out, he has been a celebrity contestant on a handful of real game shows. Though he did help his team win on ''Series/DoubleDare'' and ''Series/RemoteControl'', and win over $30,000 in defeat on ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', he did indeed lose on ''(Rock & Roll) Jeopardy'' in 2001, and "I Lost on Jeopardy!" played during the end credits.** In ''[=SNL=]'''s first ever ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' sketch from 1996, one contestant was Jerry Lewis (played by host Martin Short), who predictably did poorly, helping set the pattern for the recurring sketches to follow. A decade later, Martin Short competed on the real ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'', and didn't play much better, finishing Double Jeopardy! with a whopping ''-$1,600'', never climbing above ''$400'' during the entire game.** ''Rock and Roll Jeopardy!'' host Jeff Probst appeared on the regular ''Jeopardy!'' as a celebrity contestant twice, losing to Joshua Malina in a runaway in 2001 (during ''R&R J!'''s final season) and to Martha Stewart in a closer 2003 episode. He also provided at least one category's worth of video clues in each year from seasons 18-24, though typically in a ''Survivor'' context.* LongRunners:** Trebek's version began its 30th season in September 2013, placing it third behind only ''Wheel of Fortune'' (nighttime version started in 1983; daytime in 1975) and ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (CBS version started in 1972; the show itself started in 1956).** Even the classic 1964-75 Art Fleming version counts in its own right it ran for nearly 11 years, and was practically a tradition for businessmen and college students on their lunch break (which is how the show got mega-popular in the first place).* LoopingLines:** If Alex stumbles when reading a clue, he usually re-records it in post. This is easy to do, since his reading is usually done over a shot of the clue's text.** Taken to its logical extreme during the final week of the 2014-15 season (including 5 day champion Scott Lord's loss), where ''all'' of the clues were re-recorded in post, due to Alex having a cold that left his voice really hoarse during that taping day. He addressed it on air for the first game, and disclaimers aired to notify viewers afterward.** If Johnny Gilbert misses a taping, a member of the Clue Crew announces in-studio and Johnny is dubbed in post-production.* MemeAcknowledgment: The show occasionally peppers jokes and memes in categories and clues. The January 31, 2014 episode, for example, the final two categories of the Jeopardy! round are "I Have the Wine" and "By Music/JohnnyCash", in reference to an infamous ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' incident where a contestant thought that was the answer to the puzzle (it was actually "I Walk the Line").* MilestoneCelebration: ''Jeopardy!'' celebrated their 10th anniversary with the 10th Anniversary Tournament in December 1993 (featuring notable contestants from the first 9 seasons.) For their 20th season, the 5-day winning limit was abolished (much to Ken Jennings' benefit), while season 25 was celebrated with a rare Tournament of Champions held on the road (in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show). Most recently, season 30 saw ''Jeopardy!'' host the Battle of the Decades tournament featuring 15 contestants from each decade that the show had aired to that point.** ''Jeopardy!'' has also celebrated milestones for the number of episodes. The 3,000th episode was celebrated during a normal game in September 1997 (with archival clips featured during it), while the 4,000th episode was marked with the Million Dollar Masters tournament in May 2002, immediately followed by a 4,000th episode clip show to mark the milestone (though that was actually episode #4,088)* NamesTheSame:** One Celebrity Edition with sports anchors featured this clue: "From 1952 to 1955 this Phillie led the National League in wins, complete games & innings pitched". Both Bob Costas and Keith Olbermann deferred to the third contestant: Then-Creator/{{ESPN}} anchor and future ''Good Morning America'' anchor Robin Roberts, who guessed correctly that the answer was Phillie great...Robin Roberts.** High school teacher Patrick Quinn won Season 28's Teacher's Tournament, but he's of no relation to Kerry Ketcham, who infamously appeared on ''[[Series/{{Password}} Super Password]]'' in 1988 as a fugitive under a fake alias. His assumed name? Patrick Quinn.** Partly owing to its status as a LongRunner, there have been many ''Jeopardy!'' contestants who share the same name but are otherwise unrelated, like the two contestants named Michael Falk from 1992 and 2006 (though only the latter won any games, let alone the TOC). A few of these same-named pairings were each champions on the show, like 1992 5 day champion John Kelly (followed 13 years later by a one day champ of the same name.)** Though both had success on their respective shows, 2004 four-time champion Anne Boyd is ''not'' the same Anne Boyd who won $100,000 on ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' in 2007.** Despite sharing the same last name, ethnicity, and profession (high school teacher), 2001 5 day champion and Tournament of Champions semifinalist Babu Srinivasan is ''not'' related to 2009 4 day champion and 2010 TOC semifinalist Andy Srinivasan.* NoBudget:** The Trebek version averts this, even with the rule that only the winner would receive their cash total. The clue values were quadrupled (doubled pre-November 2001) from the 1978-79 version, and this made it possible for the top winner to win much more than on the former version, even with its bonus round format. Still, the current version could feel cheap for anyone who finishes in second or third place and leaves with only the consolation prize. The runner-up prizes of $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third have been unchanged since they were introduced in 2002.** Then a major rule change implied this in Season 31, the first after Sony's hacking incident. After four shows where co-champions were crowned, [[ExecutiveMeddling the show axed the co-champion rule]]. Instead of the tied players returning the following day with the same amount of winnings, all ties are now decided with a tie-breaker clue. The winner keeps their bank and plays on while the loser [[SecondPlaceIsForLosers goes home with $2,000]]. Many fans qualified it as this trope, seeing it as a cheap way to save money in the wake of the Sony hacking incident, considering that the (while costly) co-champion rule worked well since the original Fleming version and up to the Trebek version's first 30 years.* OldShame:** The series has all but distanced itself from Kids' Weeks due to sportsmanship incidents the last two times they were done. The first happened on the July 31, 2013 episode where media outlets and angry Facebook posts [[OvershadowedByControversy ignored a $66,000 win in favor of a judgment call that didn't affect the game]]. They tried another Kids' Week in December 2014 but a StageMom caused a stir with Trebek when she demanded that an act be re-shot. It didn't help that the latter fiasco happened around the same time Sony got hacked. ''Jeopardy!'' hasn't done a Kids' Week since.*** On another note, kiddie spin-off ''Jep!'' doesn't get that much recognition.** The March 1986 five-day champion reign of Barbara Lowe is basically forgotten now, as she was considered by many fans to be a {{Jerkass}}, and she lied on her application as to her frequent past game show appearances under aliases, which violated her eligibility requirements. Her episodes have never rerun, either, despite her first win coming over Lionel Goldbart, a four-day champion and eventual Tournament of Champions competitor (they discovered the lies after her 5th and final game, and they barred her from the tournament and refused to pay her the money until she threatened to sue the studio).** The same treatment has been given to Season 30 5-time champion Jerry Slowik, who ''did'' meet eligibility requirements, but got arrested for an unlawful sex act, prompting ''Jeopardy!'' to drop him from the 2014 Tournament Of Champions and replace him with Mark Japinga, the 4-time champion who had the most money in that cycle. (That said, his episodes haven't been barred from reruns; at least one aired during the 2014-2015 weekend rerun cycle.)** Averted with the Fleming era. Players from his tenure have appeared in the Trebek version with pictures if possible. Most notably, Burns Cameron, the biggest winner of the original NBC era ($11,110), was invited for the Super Jeopardy! tournament in 1990.* OlderThanTheyThink: What was the first game show to feature a video board of sports questions with 4 point values in each category, and three contestants buzzing in to answer questions on a sports bar-themed set? If you said ''Sports Jeopardy!'', you obviously aren't Canadian. ''Game On'', a Canadian game show that aired from 1998-2000 on Global, basically looks like an early prototype of ''Sports Jeopardy!'', just with a unique "Two Minute Warning" final round featuring a contracted (yet expensive) board, less categories, no need to phrase in the form of a question, and a far lower budget (a sports bar prize package toplined with a 56-inch TV was the ''top prize'' for the season-ending ''championship game''.) Other differences were cosmetic, notably including podiums replaced with lounge chairs and a wet bar.** Officially speaking, ''Jeopardy!'' had an sports version way back in 1994... as a video game for Sega and Nintendo consoles and handheld devices. However, this was basically a re-release of [=GameTek=]'s contemporary ''Jeopardy!'' video game with sports-themed clues, as well as digitized pictures of athletes wearing athletic gear to represent the contestants.* OutOfOrder:** Due to 2009's Tournament of Champions being taped during that January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (and having firm taping dates outside of regular taping schedules), as well as that year's February sweeps period being postponed to March to accommodate the transition from analog to digital TV signals in the United States, the first few games of the 2010 TOC qualifying period actually aired ''before'' the 2009 TOC aired that March. However, no contestants during this period won 3 games.** Three ''Jeopardy!'' champions competed in reunion tournaments before they competed in their Tournament of Champions. Season 6's top winners Frank Spangenberg and Bob Blake were both invited to the ''Super Jeopardy!'' tournament in the summer of 1990, before their TOC aired that November (Blake was a semifinalist in the former and winner of the latter, Spangenberg was a quarterfinalist in the former and a semifinalist in the latter.) As well, 2004 College Champion Kermin Fleming was invited to 2005's Ultimate Tournament of Champions, a year before his TOC actually took place in May 2006, though he lost his only game in both events.** Due to the Battle of the Decades tournament in season 30, the 2014 Tournament of Champions was not held that season (despite there already being 6 confirmed contestants for that event from the prior season.) It instead took place in November 2014, early in season 31. As a result of the delay, the qualifying period for that TOC concluded at the end of season 30 in July 2014, meaning that the first two months of season 31 were the beginning of the qualifying period for the season ''32'' TOC, not unlike how [=TOCs=] were scheduled in the first 9 seasons. During this stretch, the only qualifier for the November 2015 TOC was 4 day champion Catherine Hardee (who wouldn't have made the 2014 field had the qualifying period not ended early.)* ThePeteBest:** Art Fleming, Don Pardo, and John Harlan are comparatively lesser-known for their tenures than Alex Trebek and Johnny Gilbert, except maybe among Music/WeirdAlYankovic fans or die-hard game show fans. Nowadays, Pardo is more well-known for being the announcer on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' from its 1975 premiere until his death in 2014 (except during the 1981-82 season, when he was temporarily replaced by Mel Brandt and/or Bill Hanrahan); game-show fans also tend to remember him for announcing several other NBC games, including ''Series/ThreeOnAMatch'' and its successor, the trainwreck that was ''Series/WinningStreak''.** The original Clue Crew members upon their 2001 debut were Jimmy [=McGuire=], Sarah Whitcomb (Foss), Cheryl Farrell, and Sofia Lidskog. Sofia quit in 2004 and was replaced by both Kelly Miyahara and Jon Cannon. Cheryl and Jon left in 2008 and 2009, leaving the most familiar lineup of Jimmy, Sarah, and Kelly.** For three months in season 20, Sean Ryan laid claim to being the only ''Jeopardy!'' contestant to become a six day champion, thanks to the removal of winning limits. Then Tom Walsh took the record by winning his 7th game in January 2004. Five months passed, and then came a certain software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah...* RealLifeWritesThePlot: September 18, 2013 had a category based on fetus development, which featured The Clue Crew's Sarah Whitcomb Foss delivering clues on the baby she was actually pregnant with at the time.* RecycledScript:** Given the show's incredibly long history, there have been multiple cases of clues being repeated verbatim or near-verbatim. Sometimes a previous Final Jeopardy! will show up in a main game a few years later, or vice-versa.** Clues that are left unplayed due to time running out are often repurposed for later episodes. At least in the early years, this was the basis of the "Potpourri" category.* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Oy.** Lin Bolen, who was then NBC's vice president for daytime programming, wanted to oust all of the network's games hosted by middle-aged men on technologically-obsolete sets, as part of an aggressive attempt to bolster ratings among women aged 18-34, so she moved ''Jeopardy!'' on January 7, 1974 from its long-held (and ratings-proven) Noon slot to 10:30 AM directly against ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $10,000 Pyramid]]'' on Creator/{{CBS}}; Fleming pummeled Clark's new game into a '''very''' unexpected submission at the end of March and ran equal with ''Pyramid''[='s=] replacement at that slot, ''Series/{{Gambit}}''. Needless to say, this was '''not''' what Bolen wanted, and so she moved it on July 1 to 1:30 PM Eastern/12 Noon Pacific against ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' and ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' in the east (against local programming on CBS affiliates and ''Series/{{Password}}'' on ABC in the west), which pummeled it into submission. In exchange for the final year of the show's contract, Merv Griffin debuted ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' the Monday after ''Jeopardy!'' ended.** The 1978-79 version began its life on October 2 at 10:30 AM against the first half of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. On January 8, the show moved to its old Noon slot now against ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' and ''[[TookALevelInBadass The $20,000 Pyramid]]''. ''Jeopardy!'' was canned two months later.* ScullyBox: Shorter contestants are placed on boxes so that they can see over the podium, which can be obvious when contestants are seen chatting with Alex during the credits, after leaving their podiums. One contestant on October 23, 2014 actually played from a chair on top of a box, because her leg was in a cast.** 1993 College Champion Phoebe Juel recounted how the coordinators had to search the studio for more boxes because the ones which were on hand were too short for her.* ThrowItIn:** On March 5th, 2004, Alex read off the clue in the category Sew What? for $800, which said "The handy-dandy device seen here helps sewers do this". However, he pronounced "sewers" as in the context of a sewage system ("soo-ers"), not people who sew ("soh-ers"). Alex laughed upon realizing his mistake, and demanded that it be left in (which it was).** November 19, 1986: In Double Jeopardy! of a Tournament of Champions semifinal game, 4 day champion Lionel Goldbart was credited with $400 for a $200 clue, which was never explicitly corrected. In any event, he lost everything on a late Daily Double after he forgot to phrase the correct answer in the form of a question. It is possible that producers felt it was their mistake and let him keep the extra $200, or that a correction wouldn't have mattered given that he lost everything on the Daily Double.** October 16, 1997: After Johnny finished reading the copy for the official ''Jeopardy!'' Challenger Scorekeeper, Alex accidentally called him "Johnner", causing Johnny to laugh. Alex then lampshaded his slip-up by intentionally misreading the Final Jeopardy! category of Famous Pairs as "Famous Pores".** July 5, 2000: In the introduction, Johnny Gilbert mistakenly announced Alex as "Glen Trebek". While this may seem like a totally arbitrary name-switch, Glen was the name of both one of that day's returning champion (Glen Savory) and one of the contestant coordinators, who at the time hosted the "practice" games that contestants-to-be played.* TooSoon: The March 14, 2018 episode happened to have a clue on Stephen Hawking on the day of his death.* UnCancelled:** By NBC nearly four years after it was ScrewedByTheNetwork. The ReTool only lasted five months.** ''Jeopardy!'' was uncancelled again in 1984 and has been running in syndication ever since.* WhatCouldHaveBeen:** The contestant coordinator hosts "rehearsal games", recorded under actual taping conditions and designed to let the contestants "warm up" on clues taken from past episodes. For the first Trebek season (1984-85), the role was filled by former ''Series/{{Starcade}}'' host [[ Mark Richards]] and the clues were primarily from the 1983 pilot; coincidentally, Richards got the job for ''Starcade'' after Trebek became busy with ''Series/{{Battlestars}}'' following a trio of pilots...which means that in another universe Richards is a legend, Trebek is a semi-remembered host whose career began fizzling out after ''High Rollers'', and [[Series/TreasureHuntUS Geoff]] [[Series/{{Jackpot}} Edwards]] never played a single video game. The horror!** After ''The New Battlestars'' was cancelled, Alex Trebek considered giving up game shows for good. Suppose he stuck to his word when he got a telephone call from Merv...*** Likewise, Art Fleming was reportedly approached to host the current version but chose to retire instead.** Only one Tournament of Champions winner has been absent from every later "best-of" tournament on ''Jeopardy!'': 1985 winner Jerry Frankel, though this is sadly due to his death from AIDS in 1987. Similarly, Richard Kaplan, who won $73,202 in his 5 day reign in 1992, also died of AIDS not long after his TOC run (and, rather sweetly, [[ his AIDS quilt panel pays subtle tribute to his "Jeopardy!" appearance]]), making him the highest earning regular player that was absent from 2005's Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Would either have held their own against ''Jeopardy!'' greats of later seasons?** 1988 4 day champion Jack Lechner came tantalizingly close to an unbelievable one-game score of $42,500 (''$85,000'' inflated) during his runaway third victory, after picking up $12,000 in the Daily Doubles in Double Jeopardy! ($8,000 of which came on the second) and wagering $15,000 in Final Jeopardy! However, Jack missed the Final clue, dropping him to only $12,500, but had he been right, his total would still be #1 today when adjusting for inflation, and assuming he still won 4 games, would have earned enough to qualify for the 1989 TOC.** As every Tournament of Champions qualifying period is different, there are many TOC fields where a high earning 3 or 4 day champion (and potential strong contender) will miss the cut, where they would have been slam dunks to make the event in other years. Notably, Jason Parker won $59,800 as a 4 day champion in 2000, but did so in a qualifying period with ''16'' 5 day champions, shutting him out of the 2001 TOC. Another high earning absentee: Matt Handel, who set a record for winnings by a 3 day champion with $63,801 (''$127,602'' inflated) in September 1994, which was higher than ''eight'' of that year's TOC's 12 regular play qualifiers. However, the 1994 TOC had no room for a 3 day champion.** This comes up often for the Jeopardy!'s reunion tournaments, where dream matchups might not get made due to how matchups are scheduled, contestant eliminations, or returning contestant availability. For example, imagine if Frank Spangenberg had made the Ultimate Tournament of Champions final with Ken and Brad in 2005 instead of Jerome Vered? Or, would Frank have won 1993's Tenth Anniversary Tournament had the random contestant drawings for each season swung a different way?** In ''Jeopardy!'' tournaments, there is always an alternate contestant for each round in the event of an emergency that prevents a regular contestant from competing (in the quarterfinals, it's typically the winningest contestant in the qualifying period that missed the TOC field, while in later rounds, it's the contestant with the highest score from the prior round that didn't advance.) Such a replacement has never been needed, but what if it was? For example, 2014 20 day champion Julia Collins was battling the flu during that year's Tournament of Champions, but played on and made the finals. Had she have dropped out prior to any of the three rounds, her replacement would have been either Mike Lewis, Rani Peffer, or Terry O'Shea.** Most living upper-level contestants from Jeopardy!'s first 5 seasons were invited to their special ''Super Jeopardy!'' tournament on ABC in 1990, but notable absences included 1986 TOC finalist Marvin Shinkman, eventual 1990 TOC finalists Steve Berman and Larry Mcknight, and notable regular play contestants like Paul Boymel, Richard Cordray, Roy Holliday, and John Ryan. Given the unique rules and formatting of this event, would any of them had taken advantage to make a long run?** With more 5 day champions than available slots in the qualifying period for the 2001 Tournament of Champions, the last two (Mark Dawson and Alan Bailey) were held over for the 2003 event, but also served as alternates for the 2001 TOC due to uncertainty over travel restrictions for competitors in the wake of the September 11th attacks. If needed to fill in, how would either have done in the 2001 field? Mark won the 2003 TOC, but would he have been similarly successful against the likes of Brad Rutter and Pam Mueller in 2001? Also, had he not have been in the 2003 field, would runner-up Brian Weikle (the then-one day winnings record holder) have won the tournament instead?*** September 2001 4-day champion Ramsey Campbell won $49,201 in his pre-doubled reign (including $20,000 in his debut), which came in the period between the filling out of the 2001 TOC field in July and when that TOC was held in October. In qualifying periods this packed, ''Jeopardy!'' rules only guarantee surfeit 5 timers (in this case, Dawson and Bailey) a slot for the next TOC, even though Campbell's score (adjusted for inflation) was higher than all 4 timers in the 2003 TOC field. How would Ramsey have done in the 2003 TOC had he been carried over too?** 2002's Million Dollar Masters tournament featured 15 4+ day champions or tournament winners from the show's first 17 seasons, and while all were at least Tournament of Champions semifinalists, memorable and fan favourite contestants gained precedence over show results. Notably, 1998 TOC winner Dan Melia wasn't in the field, despite defeating ''two'' of the Million Dollar Masters competitors (Bob Harris and Claudia Perry) in his TOC run. How would the tournament had played out had Jeopardy! invited contestants based on their winnings?** With a huge field of ''145'' contestants, it's impressive that only ''four'' living Jeopardy! champions declined invites to 2005's Ultimate Tournament of Champions, those being 1990 TOC finalist Larry Mcknight (due to illness), Million Dollar Masters semifinalist Leslie Shannon (née Miller), and Teen Tournament winners Michael Block and Amanda Goad. Would any of them had found success had they competed? Also, no living Seniors Tournament winners competed either, though it's unclear if any were invited.*** To be invited to the UTOC, competitors must have won a Jeopardy! tournament or 5 games, with regular-play contestants invited in order by earnings in their original championship reigns. As a result, 5 day champions that earned less than the eventual cutoff of $48,401 ($96,802 inflated) were not invited to compete unless they won a TOC, nor were 4 day champions. How would the tournament had went if contestants were invited based on prior tournament success?** Ken Jennings never competed in the regular Tournament of Champions, as he was still champion when the 2004 tournament was held, and he gave up his spot in the 2006 tournament in favour of the automatic finals bye for 2005's Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Had he competed in either, he could have been matched up with notable champions like Tom Kavanaugh, David Madden, Chris Miller, Tom Walsh, and and the eventual winners, Russ Schumacher in 2004 and Michael Falk in 2006. Would Ken have won either event? It's impossible to say, but Ken went head to head with both winners in 2014's Battle of the Decades tournament, where he dominated Falk (and 2004 semifinalist Vinita Kailasanath) in the opening round, and Schumacher was effectively a non-factor against Ken and Chuck Forrest in the semifinals.*** Also from 2006, 5 day champion (and TOC semifinalist) Bob Mesko's last 2 wins came after he was invited back to the show three months after his original loss due to a poorly worded Daily Double. Had he lost without issue, or had producers chose not to bring back, his 3 day score would not have been enough to qualify for the 2006 TOC, and 2005 3 day champion Bud Humphrey would have qualified in his place.** Despite winning the first game of season 26's Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament in a complete runaway with ''$68,000'' (a record for Celebrity Jeopardy! games, and among the best in ''Jeopardy!'' history), then-''Series/TheTonightShow'' announcer Andy Richter had to drop out of the tournament prior to the quarterfinals due to touring commitments with Conan O'Brien's Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour (the first round games were spread out through the season before the semifinals aired in May 2010, and his game aired before the 2010 ''Tonight Show'' conflict helped set the tour in motion.) He was replaced by the highest scoring first-round loser (designer Isaac Mizrahi, who lost his quarterfinal in a close contest), but how far would Andy have ran had he been able to stay in the tournament?** 2014's Battle of the Decades tournament featured fan favourite voting for one contestant from each decade out of 15 candidates. Among the losing candidates: Tournament of Champions finalists Eugene Finerman, Michael Daunt, and Brian Weikle, as well as Catherine Ramen (who competed on Jeopardy! as ''Fred'' Ramen before coming out as transgender.) How would the tournament have played out if they had won the fan vote? Also, notable past Jeopardy! champions like Bob Blake, John Cuthbertson, Jason Keller, David Madden, Chris Miller, Eric Newhouse, Bruce Seymour, and David Siegel weren't in the field in any form, but would any of them made a deep run?** Due to the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack in November 2014 and its potential impact on their annual online testing, ''Jeopardy!'' did not hold the College Championship in the 2014-15 season. This opened up an extra slot for the 2015 TOC that was filled by 3 day champion Michael Bilow, who became the first 3 day champ to qualify for a TOC since 2007. Would a hypothetical College Champion in season 31 have made a run in that event in Michael's place?** Despite battling stage IV colon cancer, a fever, and a blood infection, the late Cindy Stowell won over $100,000 as a 6 day champion in games that aired in December 2016 (sadly airing just over ''one week'' following her death.) Given the medical difficulties that she dealt with while on the show, the fact that she became a super-champion is remarkable, but would she have won even more had she competed on ''Jeopardy!'' healthy? Also, how well would Cindy have done had she lived long enough to compete in the 2017 Tournament of Champions?** Since the 5 day winning limit was abolished, there have been two cases of defending champions at the end of a Tournament of Champions qualifying period that would have qualified for that TOC, rather than the one afterwards, had they lost the last game beforehand (Ken Jennings in 2004 and Joshua Brakhage in 2013.) Had either done so, Tom Baker and Dan Mcshane would have been eliminated from the 2004 and 2013 fields respectively, and 4 day champion Mike Lewis (who won ''$102,800'' as a 4 day champion in a tough qualifying period) would have made the 2014 TOC in Joshua's place.*** Conversely, had Paul Glaser won his sixth game just prior to the beginning of the 2007 TOC, he'd have been held over to the 2009 field. If this has occurred, 3 day champion Julie Dunlevy would have qualified for the 2007 TOC in his place, and 4 day champion Deborah Fitzgerald would have missed the 2009 TOC.* WorkingTitle: Merv pitched it as ''What's the Question?'', which he admitted wasn't very exciting to begin with. The name came to him when NBC executives told him the game should have more jeopardies in it.* WrittenInInfirmity:** A variant: Season 28 began with Alex Trebek staying at his podium for the whole game, as opposed to walking to the contestant podiums during the interviews and credits, after he tore an Achilles tendon during the summer while chasing a would-be burglar out of a hotel room. Similar accommodations happened again for the games following December 21, 2015, due to Alex undergoing knee replacement surgery.** On several occasions between 2004 and 2010, Alex sported a cast on his right wrist, rumored to be a result of carpal tunnel syndrome.** Averted in December 2017, when Alex took a few weeks off from taping the show as he recovered from brain surgery; he developed subdural hematomas as the result of a fall two months earlier. However, he made a full recovery and was back at the podium in 2018.** Season 25 had an unusual variant: contestant Priscilla Ball (who became champion on January 16, 2009) was unable to make the next taping day due to illness. As a result, she was brought back as co-champion on an episode that aired on April 9th, and she won that game as well before losing her third game (ironically, also on a separate taping day.) Similar circumstances affected December 2015 2 day champion Claudia Corriere, and though her absence the following week was due to a gig for her church band, taping cancellations relating to Alex Trebek's knee surgery led to the scheduling conflict when taping resumed.** Said knee surgery also resulted in Alex using a cane for about two weeks' worth of episodes in December 2015.** Sarah Whitcomb Foss of the Clue Crew had her own real-life pregnancy worked into a pregnancy-themed video category on September 18, 2013.** Averted with Cindy Stowell, who competed on ''Jeopardy!'' in December 2016 while battling stage IV cancer. Presumably to focus on the game and not put unnecessary pressure on Cindy and/or her opponents, her illness was never mentioned directly on air while she was a contestant, nor were her opponents informed about the extent of her condition. However, Alex Trebek did record an epilogue after her loss to acknowledge her unique situation and offer condolences to her family and friends; it played during the credits of her final appearance on December 21st.----


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