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Season 13 (1996-1997)​​Edit

Season changes:

  • Johnny Gilbert's catchphrase on early episodes of the season is "From the Sony Studios, this is Jeopardy!". The opening credits remains the same as Season 11, which is also the last season to use the globe intro. Johnny Gilbert no longer says "This is Johnny Gilbert speaking" at the end of each episode. This the last season to have the closing animations between Trebek and the day's winners, which was discontinued after the 1991-1996 set discontinued.
  • When the 1996-2002 set debuted, the Jeopardy! theme had the first five seconds removed, and it fades in; and the whoosh sound is removed from the introduction. Johnny Gilbert began saying "Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin" at the end of each episode. The camera no longer zooms in on the top and bottom dollar values, and the closing animations between Trebek and the day's winners are discontinued, so now the camera would show various shots of the set, as well as Trebek and the day's winners.
  • This is also the last season, in which the monitors on the contestant podiums changed its color from blue to red for the Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! segments. For the rest of the entire season, the contestant podium monitors no longer changed its color from blue to red, as the contestant podium monitors changed its color back to blue. The closed captioning bug came back to the opening credits starting with this season.
  • This season is both the last season to use the 1991-1996 set, and the first season to use the 1996-2002 set. This is also the last season to use the bongo version of the theme song, it has been in use since Season 9.
  • On later episodes of this season, the word "Pictures" was added to Johnny Gilbert's catchphrase. The catchphrase was changed to: "From the Sony Pictures Studios, this is Jeopardy!".
  • The opening credits have changed to a flyover of the Sony Pictures Studio complex, and the television monitor zooms out by passing through the dollar figures from the Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy! rounds popping on the television monitors passing through a Jeopardy! logo at the end. The Jeopardy! logo zooms in by cutting through the "A" to reveal the 1996-2002 set.
  • This is the last season to use the microphones on the contestant podiums.
  • The font for the contestant introductions were changed to Compacta-D at the beginning of the season.
  • On early episodes of this season, announcer Johnny Gilbert's catchphrase remains the same as it was in early 1995. Johnny Gilbert said "This is Johnny Gilbert speaking" for the last time.
  • Starting with the November 4, 1996 episode, Johnny Gilbert's catchphrase was changed to say "Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin" at the end of each episode. After Johnny Gilbert's catchphrase, the King World logo appears first, followed by the Columbia TriStar Television logo.
  • The music from "Think!" is played during the KingWorld logo.
  • On the episode aired November 11, 1996, the 1996-2002 set made its debut, and was the first of several sets designed by art director Naomi Slodki. This set would remain in use until November 8, 2002, a couple weeks before it was replaced by the 2002-2009 set.
  • Sliding doors behind Alex Trebek's podium were added to the Jeopardy! set starting this season. This would remain in use until the end of the 1996-2002 set's run. Also at the beginning of this season, Trebek made his entrance through the sliding doors of the "P" and "A" by walking down a small staircase.
  • The 1996-2002 set consisted of a wood-like appearance with the nine-foot Jeopardy! logo with the sliding doors of the "P" and "A" where Trebek makes his entrance by walking down a small staircase. The contestant podiums had a brand new look, same with Alex Trebek's podium. Additionally, the contestant backdrop consisted of glass panels and resembled the interior design of a sushi bar, which holds true to the set's nickname the sushi bar set.
  • On some episodes during the Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament, celebrities made their entrance through the sliding doors of the "P" and "A" by walking down a small staircase, and to their contestant podiums.
  • The contestant interviews segment is right after the first commercial and before concluding the last segment of the Jeopardy! segment, and then, going into the second commercial break.
  • But when this is done, Alex Trebek began standing near the contestant podiums, rather than near his podium like he did in the first eight seasons.
  • Stock footage from the December 6, 1996 episode was featured in the 1999 film Baby Geniuses.
  • On the December 25, 1996 episode, the "Merry Christmas" banner can be seen behind a decorated Christmas tree with the Jeopardy! logo on a red background is shown on the game board during the introductions, in and out of commercial breaks, and during the closing credits.
  • The first semifinal game of the 1997 College Championship, which aired on the May 19, 1997 episode, and they had to determine who, between Steven Bevier and Brian Chan, would go on to become a finalist.
  • 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.
  • Columbia TriStar Television changed its logo on later episodes of this season. It is changed to the Columbia torch lady zooming away from us, and the TriStar Pegasus is different and flying across, and the clouds on the second box zooms 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! kicks off on September 2, 1996.
  • On early episodes of the season, the contestants' names and total winnings are changed to the Compacta-D font, the 30-second thinking period of Final Jeopardy!, as well as the sponsor list and closing credits, still used the Korinna font.
  • On later episodes of this season, the sponsor list and the closing credits were changed to Compacta-D, and the clue text in the Final Jeopardy! round segments changed to Clarendon.
  • By 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 monitors still used the Korinna font to this day.
  • The November 8, 1996 episode marks the last time, the 1991-1996 was used. The 1996-2002 set will make its debut on the November 11, 1996 episode. The 1991-1996 lasted for five seasons, and 1,151 episodes. So on Monday, we'll come back with the Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament, and a brand new set, which is called the sushi bar.
  • At the beginning of this episode, and just before the Final Jeopardy! segment, Alex Trebek acknowledges the viewers that this is the last time, in which the 1991-1996 set was used for five seasons, and 1,151 episodes.
  • At the end of this episode, Alex Trebek took home the microphone and sheets from the podium, and then, a preview of the 1996-2002 set is shown during the Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament.
  • Starting with the November 12, 1996 episode, the set changed back 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.
  • 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, former weatherman and current Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak hosted the show as an April fools joke. That same day, Alex Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune, where Pat Sajak and Vanna White were contestants, and Pat's wife Lesley Sajak touched the letters. On this episode:
  • After Johnny introduced the contestants (Christian/Lori/Paul), Charlie O'Donnell said "And now, here is your host: Pat Sajak!". Pat does his entrance solo, and welcomes the viewers while pointing out to the audience.
  • The categories in the Jeopardy! round makes a reference to Wheel of Fortune, which consisted of the following: Buy a Vowel, Lose a Turn, Book & Author, Husband & Wife, Before & After, named after the Wheel of Fortune category, and Say "Jack", which is a pun on Pat's name, in which all of the correct responses that contain the word "Jack".
  • The categories in the Double Jeopardy! round is a play on the word "fool", which consisted of the following: Hoaxes & Frauds, April, Fuels, Shakespearean Fools, Fool's Errands, and "Fool"ish Songs.
  • The Final Jeopardy! category at the end of this episode is Trinidadian Amateur Ichthyologists.
  • No credit is given for Pat's wardrobe, but the wardrobe provider credit gave for Alex Trebek instead.
  • On the May 1, 1997 episode, the Law & Order theme plays, 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 held in Stockholm, Sweden. This is the first time, Jeopardy! is taped on location.
  • Season 13 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 18, 1997, which also marked the last time, the 1992-1997 bongo theme, and the 1984-1997 "Think!" music is used.
  • Summer reruns kicks off on July 21, 1997.