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Season 13 (1996-1997)​​Edit

Season changes:

  • Johnny's opening catchphrase until Season 16, was changed to say: "From the Sony Pictures Studios, this is Jeopardy!"
  • On early episodes of this season, Johnny said: "From the Sony Studios, this is Jeopardy!"
  • The studio audience chattering had returned, but it was removed on later episodes of this season.
  • The opening credits have changed to a computer-animated CGI flyover of the Sony Pictures Studios complex:
    • During the final season of the grid set run, the globe opening credits remained the same, as in Season 11.
    • When the sushi bar set debuted, the globe intro was dropped, and a monitor zooms out by passing through the dollar figures popping in, and the Jeopardy! logo at the end. Then, the Jeopardy! logo zooms forward to reveal the new set.
    • The closed captioning bug returned to the opening credits at the beginning of this season.
  • This season is both the last season where Johnny said "This is Johnny Gilbert speaking. Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin", and the first season where Johnny said "Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin", which remained in use until the December 31, 1999 episode, when Johnny signed off for the last time.
  • This season is both the last season to have the closing animations between Alex and the day's winners, and the first season to have the sponsor list and the closing credits, which now appeared over various shots of the set, as well as Alex and the contestants.
  • When the show changed its set on the November 11, 1996 episode, the Jeopardy! theme had the first five seconds removed, when the conga theme fades in. The whooshing sound and the audience chattering were removed. Johnny said "Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin", which remained in use until the December 31, 1999 episode.
  • This season is both the last season to use the grid set, and the first season to use the sushi bar set.
  • This is the last season to use the conga theme, and the 1984-1997 "Think!" music in the Final Jeopardy! segments.
  • This is the last season to have the contestant podium microphones. Starting in the next season, the contestants wear clip-on microphones.
  • The font for the contestant introductions is changed to Compacta-D at the beginning of the season, with the contestants' names in the introduction rendered in cycle case for the first two months only.
  • After Johnny's catchphrase, the KingWorld logo appears, followed by the Columbia TriStar Television logo.
  • The music from "Think!" is played during the KingWorld logo.
  • For the first few episodes of the season only, the contestant interview segment continues to be held after the Jeopardy! round is completed. On all other episodes of this season and in all later seasons, that segment is moved back to being held after the first break, where it had been before Season 9. When the move is made, Alex now stands near the contestants' podiums rather than at his own.
  • Columbia TriStar Television changed its logo on later episodes of this season. It is changed to the Columbia Torch Lady zooming away from the viewer, and the TriStar Pegasus is different and flying across, and the clouds on the second box zoom away slowly and the background is a blue cloudy sky, and a light blue background. Also, the boxes and text were in bluish tint and all text is navy blue.

This season:

  • Season 13 of Jeopardy! premieres on September 2, 1996.
  • When the season kicked off, the contestants' names and the champion's total winnings were changed to Compacta-D. However, on early episodes, Korinna was still retained in all other applications.
  • On later episodes of this season, the font for the sponsor list and the closing credits was changed to Compacta-D, while the contestant plug and the Final Jeopardy! segments were changed to Clarendon.
  • Starting with the November 4, 1996 episode, the sponsor list moved to the bottom of the screen and changed to Compacta-D. However, the text used for clues as they appear on the monitors, where they still used Korinna to this day. The phrase "Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin" is heard for the first time. This remained in use until the December 31, 1999 episode.
  • On the November 8, 1996 episode, the grid set was used for the last time. On this episode:
    • The studio audience chattering, and the globe intro was used for the last time.
    • At the beginning of the episode, Alex explained that the grid set was used for the last time. It was used for 5 seasons and 1,151 shows. So on Monday, we'll come back with the celebrity tournament, and a brand new set.
    • The contestants that day were Sasha Volokh, Susan Giannetto, and Mark Mcintyre.
    • The categories in the Jeopardy! round consisted of: "U.S. States", "Days of the Week", "Food", "Music '96", "Chemistry", and "Wilde Lines".
    • The categories in the Double Jeopardy! round consisted of: "Historians", "Insects", "Artists", "Asian Cities", "Government & Politics", and "They Almost Starred In...". After the Double Jeopardy! segment, Alex introduced the Final Jeopardy! category: "Airplanes".
    • After the last commercial break, Alex explained again that the grid set was used for the last time.
    • At the end of the episode, Alex took home the microphone and the sheets from the podium, and then, a sneak peek of the sushi bar set was used, when Johnny previewed the Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament on Monday.
  • On the November 11, 1996 episode, the sushi bar set made its debut. The new set is designed by Naomi Slodki, and remained in use until the November 8, 2002 episode. On this episode:
    • Alex makes his entrance by walking down a small staircase for the first time.
    • On 1996-1997 episodes, the glass was backlit in pink with the grid in blue. On 1997-2000 episodes, the glass was backlit in pink with the grid in purple. On 2000-2002 episodes, the pink on the sliding doors was replaced by a very pale lavender.
    • The host's podium, and the contestant podiums were redesigned.
    • The contestant backdrop consisted of glass panels.
    • The celebrity contestants that day were Laura Innes, John Mahoney, and Beverly Sills.
    • The categories in the first round consisted of the following: "Let's Visit Lichtenstein", "Celebrity Astrology", "The Elements", "1996 Olympic Gold Medalists", "The Female of the Species", and "The "A" List".
    • The contestant podium monitors turned red for the last time.
    • The categories in the Double Jeopardy! round consisted of the following: "The 19th Century", "Annual Events", "Famous Women", "Shakespeare", "World Capitals", and "Business & Industry".
    • The Final Jeopardy! category is "French Novelists".
    • The sponsor list and the closing credits will now appear over shots of the set, as well as Alex and the contestants.
  • Starting with the November 12, 1996 episode, the set reverted to blue for the closing credits.
  • On the November 13, 1996 episode, all three celebrity male contestants wound up with $0 at the end of the show.
  • On the November 18, 1996 episode, the white lights on the contestant podiums start illuminating as they didn't do so during Celebrity Jeopardy!, During that time the timer lights signified who rang in first.
  • Stock footage from the December 6, 1996 episode, was featured in the 1999 film called Baby Geniuses.
  • On the December 25, 1996 episode, the "Merry Christmas" banner can be seen behind a decorated Christmas tree on a red background, with the show's logo in black.
  • During this season's Teen Tournament, the set changed its color to an unusual shade of pink for the closing credits.
  • On the February 6, 1997 episode, during the Teen Tournament, the set was filled with tribble invasion creatures Star Trek all over.
  • On the April 1, 1997 episode, Pat Sajak hosted as an April Fools' joke. The same day, Alex Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune, with Pat's wife Lesly Sajak as hostess, and Pat and Vanna were contestants that day, as they play for charity. The contestants were Christian Stallsmith, Lori Drummond, and Paul Roder that day. On this episode:
    • Johnny's introduction begins normally, but it ends with Johnny saying: "And now, here is the host of Jeopardy!: Pat Sajak!".
    • Pat makes his entrance, instead of Alex, and then, welcomes the viewers before the game begins.
    • The contestant podium lights started to malfunction throughout the whole show.
    • The categories in the Jeopardy! round consisted of the following: "Buy a Vowel", "Lose a Turn", "Book & Author", "Husband & Wife", "Before & After", which became a recurring category that is identical to the Wheel counterpart, and "Say "Jack"", which is a pun on Pat's last name, where all of the correct responses that consisted of the word "Jack".
    • After the first commercial break, Pat interviews the contestants before concluding the Jeopardy! round, and then, going to the second commercial break.
    • The Double Jeopardy! categories are a play on the word "fool": "Hoaxes & Frauds", "April", "Fuels", "Shakespearean Fools", ""Fool"'s Errands", and ""Fool"-ish Songs".
    • After the Double Jeopardy! round, Pat introduced the Final Jeopardy! category: "Trinidadian Amateur Ichthyologists".
    • After the last commercial break, Pat gave the final answer: "Who is R.J. Lashmere?".
    • No credit is given for Pat's wardrobe, but credits are given for for Alex Trebek instead.
  • On the May 1, 1997 episode, the Law & Order theme is heard, as all three celebrity contestants are actors on the show.
  • The week of the May 5, 1997 episode is the semi-final, and the final matches of the International Tournament are both held in Stockholm, Sweden. This is the first time that Jeopardy! is taped on the road.
  • The College Championship was held from May 19-23, 1997.
    • Both were tied at $6,500 going into Final Jeopardy! and $13,000 coming out of it.
    • Steven responded correctly and went on to become the 1997 College Championship 2nd runner-up.
  • Season 13 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 18, 1997, which also marked the last time, the 1992-1997 theme, and the 1984-1997 "Think!" music was used.
  • Summer reruns, possibly with replacement fee plugs, air from July 21-August 30, 1997, with reruns later airing on weekends from 1997-1998. Reruns later air on Game Show Network in the early 2000s.
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