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Here’s how we created the most exciting Jeopardy! tournament in 30 seasons!

What a long, exciting ride it’s been. And we’re not just talking about our 30 years on air. As you know, the most memorable moment in the history of our show is Battle of the Decades, which brought back champions from as early as the totally righteous 1980s. But they didn’t all just aimlessly wander on set. Battle of the Decades was the brainchild of our always-thinking-about-something-awesome Executive Producer Harry Friedman. Here’s how it all went down:

Harry knew that Jeopardy!’s 30th Anniversary was drawing near, so he (along with other Producers) decided to contact every former Tournament of Champions contestant from the past 30 years to see if they’d be interested in making another appearance behind a podium. Those who expressed interest (and there was a lot of it) were asked to submit a video and a few paragraphs about why they should be brought back.

In the end, we had 15 enthusiastic contestants (14 were chosen by the Producers and one was selected by the fans) from three decades ready to send their brains into battle for the $1,000,000 grand prize. Want to see who made the cut? Check out the “Decades” mini-sites. And don’t forget to tune in to our Battle of the Decades re-play as it airs.

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JEOPARDY KNOWLEDGE DROP: BRAIN TEASER

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What 5-letter capital word is a palindrome when viewed upside down and backwards? You might need to take a deeper “dive” into your knowledge to figure this out.

Did you guess correctly? Can you think of any others?

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Season 31 is almost here. Get ready for it with the best of Season 30!

Whether it’s Julia Collins’ incredible run, the Battle of the Decades finals, or the exhilarating finish to this year’s Teen Tournament, there’s no mistaking that Season 30 had some incredible moments. And while we can’t predict what will happen in Season 31, we can assure you that America’s Favorite Quiz Show® only gets better with age.

As we start taping for Season 31, keep your brain busy with all of the best moments from Season 30. The new season airs on September 15, so you’ve got a nice amount of time to keep this past year’s great clues coming.

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JEFF XIE WINS ‘JEOPARDY!’ TEEN TOURNAMENT IN SUDDEN-DEATH TIEBREAKER

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CULVER CITY, CALIF. (August 1, 2014) – The 29th edition of the JEOPARDY! Teen Tournament ended in a photo finish today when Jeff Xie, a 17-year-old junior at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, N.J., won the $75,000 grand prize in a rare tiebreaker over Alan Koolik, a 17-year-old junior at Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, Fla.

When Xie and Koolik both had $54,200 after a two-day final, a tiebreaker clue was presented; the first contestant to ring in and respond correctly would become the winner.

“I knew that I had to get the Final Jeopardy! clue right, and when Alan also gave the correct answer, my jaw dropped because I knew we were tied,” Xie said. “When the tiebreaker category – The Civil War – was announced, I was excited because history is a strength of mine. When I saw “Shiloh,” I knew the answer, and the rest, quite fittingly, was history.”

 Xie says he plans to use his winnings “in three ways: taxes, travel, and college,” though time will tell whether the money will help him achieve his ultimate goal: “My dream is to become a world-renowned scientist, with a concentration in astronomy, who is invited to compete on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” he says.

Koolik pocketed $54,200 in his second-place finish, while Cooper Lair, a 15-year-old sophomore at Little Rock Christian Academy, came in third and took home $31,200.

For more information about the tournament, please visit jeopardy.com/minisites/teentournament/.

JEOPARDY!, America’s Favorite Quiz Show® and its host, Alex Trebek, are celebrating 30 years of “answers and questions.” The top-rated quiz show in syndication, JEOPARDY! has become a pop culture phenomenon and has received many awards and honors. It holds the Guinness World Records® title for the most Emmy® Awards won by a TV game show (31 Emmys), including the 2014 Emmy® for Outstanding Game Show. In 2014, JEOPARDY! won the inaugural Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Writing for Quiz and Audience Participation; it is also the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award. JEOPARDY! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company; it is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp. For more information, please visit Jeopardy.com.

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CLUE CREW NOTES FROM THE ROAD: THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM 

On Tuesday’s Jeopardy!, Jimmy and I swam with the fishes at the Georgia Aquarium, which features more animals than any other aquarium in the world. It was a tough task deciding which of them to feature on the show but we chose some pretty cool animals. I hope you agree!

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This is Beethoven. He is over 13 feet in length and a mature male at 21 years old. The wetsuit and booties I wore were a necessity as the water temperature is kept at a chilly 58 degrees to simulate the Arctic. Shooting with the majestic beluga whale was quite an experience!

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As you will see in the clue that features him, Beethoven was a perfect honorary Clue Crew member, demonstrating his skills right on cue.   

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Producer Brett Schneider made sure I was prepared and ready before entering the water with Beethoven.

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Wishing our wonderful host a happy birthday!

It seems that every other day, our iconic Host Alex Trebek is being honored for something. And most recently, it’s his birthday. The cast and crew from Jeopardy! threw a small birthday bash for the Canadian-born TV personality. During the fiesta, the Jeopardy! team gathered birthday wishes from Alex’s fans on Facebook and turned them into a card. He was overjoyed with excitement and gratitude: I am touched that so many people took the time to send me birthday wishes. It means a lot, especially when you’re as old as I am!  Thanks.” You can all see the birthday wishes on the Jeopardy! Facebook page.

 

While Alex is best known for his award-winning hosting duties on America’s Favorite Quiz Show®, he has also manned the helm for such shows as The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Classic Concentration and To Tell the Truth.

As the host of Jeopardy! for 30 seasons, Alex has earned five Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host. The Daytime Emmys also honored him in 2011 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. But the Emmys aren’t the only trophies sitting on his mantle. In 2014, Alex earned a Guinness World Record title for “Most Game Show Episodes Hosted by the Same Presenter (One Show).” He also has his own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. And if you’re ever passing through LA, you can stop by and snap a selfie with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (located at 6501 Hollywood Blvd.).

Happy birthday, Alex. Thanks for an amazing 30 years as Host of Jeopardy!

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As Season 31 starts rolling in, we’re rolling back.

Can you believe it? 30 years of Jeopardy! Over this time a lot has changed, and we’re not just talking about Alex’s moustache. In 1984, when the show first aired, our very own Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympics (leading the medal count with 174). In 1989, as we were well into our 5th season, the world watched on as the Berlin Wall came crashing down. At 10 years, grunge and “gangster” rap were topping the charts in music while the hit show “Friends” was just starting out.

In our 20th year, NASA landed two rovers on the red planet, Facebook launched and that famous show “Friends” wrapped it final season. And now after 30 years, technology has become such a pivotal part of everyone’s lives. But with all this change in the world, we still feel the one quality that has made Jeopardy! such a lasting hit is its simplicity. People love to answer questions — only in our case it’s the answers they’re questioning.

Thanks everyone for 30 amazing years!

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Happy Birthday to our iconic host, Johnny Gilbert!

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Wow, what a life our iconic host has led! Once a nightclub singer and comic, Johnny has practically worked in every aspect of show biz, from on stage to on camera. In high school, the Virginia native started his career as a singer with a dance band in Newport News, VA. As a stage entertainer, Johnny travelled around the country and around the world with the US Army. He finally broke into television as the MC and featured singer on WDSU in New Orleans — during this time he recorded several singles. But the passionate Johnny wanted more, so he headed west to Los Angeles where he landed his first on-screen role in “Gidget Goes to Hawaiian.”

After finding success in LA, Johnny headed back east to NYC where he worked on many shows, including “The Price is Right,” “Fast Draw” and his very own variety show, “The Johnny Gilbert Show.” But 1984 was the year that he’d help us make history when he became Jeopardy!’s first and only announcer. Thanks for 30 years of amazing episodes. We wish you the best on your big day!

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Catch Season 30’s biggest moments! Missed one? We’ve got them all here.

Wow, what a year! Season 30 was nothing shy of amazing.

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During this monumental year, Arthur Chu stepped up and bounced right into the Jeopardy! record books.

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But it wasn’t long before Julia Collins breezed right by with a smile, becoming the number-two most-winning contestant (in regular competition).

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Battle of the Decades also had some monumental moments: Ken Jennings showed his prowess for 90s rap and Brad Rutter went on to win another million.

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We also gave the fans a chance to participate in Battle of the Decades by letting them vote to see who should fill the final spot for each decade.

Oh yeah, and we took home another Daytime Emmy® for Outstanding Game Show.
 
But before we call it quits on this season, we have one more exciting set of episodes coming your way: the Teen Tournament. Be sure to tune in July 21 – August 1 to watch these burgeoning brains battle for a $75,000 grand prize.
 
And again, thanks for an incredible season.

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The Clue Crew may have the best jobs on the planet

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You’ve seen Jimmy, Kelly and Sarah delivering clues from around the world, but who are these savvy globetrotters?

First, there’s Jimmy McGuire, cross-fit aficionado and aspiring drummer. Now in his 13th year as a member of the Clue Crew, Jimmy never in his wildest dreams thought he’d become an integral part of one of his favorite shows.

Then there’s Sarah Whitcomb Foss, who’s also been with the Clue Crew since 2001. During this time, she’s travelled to more than 32 countries and has visited all seven continents.

And the third and newest member of the crew is Kelly Miyahara, who’s been with Jeopardy! for eight years. Some of her favorite moments as a member of the Clue Crew have been traveling with Alex and participating in his USO Tours throughout Japan and Europe.

Thanks to the fabulous Clue Crew, we’re able to bring you great, new clues from places we’ve only dreamed of visiting.

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