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JEOPARDY! Show Description

Season 31

 

Background:

 

JEOPARDY!, America’s Favorite Quiz Show® and its host, Alex Trebek, began their 31st season September 15, 2014. The top-ranked game show among homes with 24.75 million viewers each week, JEOPARDY! 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.

 

Created by Merv Griffin in 1964 as a daytime show for NBC, JEOPARDY! is a daily half-hour quiz show with a unique answer-and-question format. Johnny Gilbert serves as announcer, and Harry Friedman is Executive Producer.

 

Format:

 

JEOPARDY! provides a test of knowledge across a variety of interesting subjects such as literature, history, science, the arts, and pop culture. Each game consists of three rounds:

 

  •  “Jeopardy!” Round: Includes six categories, each with a column of five clues. The “clues” are sorted by varying degrees of difficulty and are matched by increasing dollar values. Three competing contestants are given a “clue” in the form of an answer displayed on the show’s High-Definition game boardPlayers use a hand-held signaling device and must be the first contestant to ring in and successfully give a response in the form of a question. There is one “Daily Double” in this round.
  •  “Double Jeopardy!”: Similar to the first round, Double Jeopardy! features new categories and “clues” with doubled dollar amounts for each “clue.” There are two “Daily Doubles” in this round.
  •  “Final Jeopardy!”: One category is revealed by host Alex Trebek prior to the commercial break. The contestants write down a wager ranging between zero and up to their cash winnings accumulated at that point during the show. Once the final “clue” is revealed, players have 30 seconds to write a response in the traditional form of a question. The person with the highest score after Final Jeopardy! is declared the winner.

 

Each daily winner returns to the next day’s program as a defending champion. With no limit on appearances, returning champions may continue amassing winnings on JEOPARDY! as long as they remain victorious.

 

Special Programming:

 

JEOPARDY! offers a wide array of special competitions throughout the season. Examples include:

 

  •  Tournament of Champions: The JEOPARDY! champions who have won the most games during the prior season, plus the winners of the Teachers Tournament and College Championship, return to the stage to compete against one another for a $250,000 grand prize.
  •  Teachers Tournament: Introduced in 2011, the Teachers Tournament puts a national spotlight on the importance and impact of educators with 15 of the nation’s brightest K-12 teachers.
  •  College Championship: Fifteen of the brightest undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. vie for a grand prize of $100,000.
  •  Teen Tournament: Fifteen teenagers compete in a two-week tournament for a grand prize of $75,000.
  •  Kids Week: Consisting of five stand-alone games, Kids Week features competitors aged 10, 11, and 12.

 

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