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Season 16 (1999-2000)[]

Season Changes[]

  • A new version of the Sony Pictures Studios flyover in the intro was used this season, zooming out to show various photographs from the show on TV tubes, moving from right to left. As this happens, gold letters form the Jeopardy! logo, then, one last TV tube floats from the right, zooming in to reveal the 1996-2002 set.
  • Beginning with this season, Jeopardy! and its sister show Wheel of Fortune are now indicated by a "WebTV interactive program" bug at the start of each episode. This was done because WebTV wanted to play online with Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
  • This is the last season where the contestants walked onto the set in the opening.
  • This is also the last season where Johnny said "Now entering the studio are today's contestants".
  • This is the last season where the consolation prizes took place at the end of Double Jeopardy!, and before Final Jeopardy!.
  • This is also the last full season where consolation prizes feature merchandise for both second place and third place.
  • This is the last full season to have a full version of the 1997-2001 theme.
  • This is the last season where the studio audience is shown on camera.
  • This is also the last full season where the categories flip over.
  • This is also the last season where Johnny said "From the Sony Pictures Studios, this is Jeopardy!".
  • This is both the last season where the audience applauded coming out of the second commercial break, and the first season where the audience was already silent coming out of the second commercial break.
  • On early episodes of this season, Johnny signs off, but this changes in the latter half of this season.
  • On later episodes of this season, Johnny no longer signs off during the credits.
  • On early episodes of this season, Harry Friedman and Merv Griffin were executive producers.
  • On later episodes of this season, Merv Griffin was no longer credited as the executive producer, and Harry Friedman became executive producer. Rick Edwards and Kevin McCarthy became directors.
  • On early episodes of this season, Johnny says “Today’s second and third place contestants will receive…” after the host signs off.
  • On later episodes of this season, Johnny’s end-of-show fee plug spiel was changed to “Promotional consideration provided by…”
  • On the season premiere week, Game Show Network changed to the "Ball Maze" ID with the voiceover saying; "Why just watch television when you can play from home? Game Show Network! Buzz your cable company to get in the game!".
  • The DAILY DOUBLE graphic cards show the two words appearing in a single line, as opposed to being stacked in the past; this continues the next season as well.

September 1999[]

  • Season 16 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 6, 1999.
  • On the September 6-10, 1999 episodes, Back to School Week is held for the first time.

October 1999[]

  • On the October 1, 1999 episode, Steve Fried retires undefeated with $45,200 and a new Chevy Corvette.
  • On the October 20, 1999 episode, Eddie Timanus became the first blind contestant to appear on Jeopardy! Due to his blindness he is given the categories on a braille card and types his name and Final Jeopardy! responses on the monitor using a braille keyboard.
  • On the October 26, 1999 episode, Eddie Timanus retires undefeated with $69,700 and two new Chevy Camaros.

November 1999[]

  • The November 1-5, 1999 episodes were the first week of the Teen Tournament.
  • The November 8-19, 1999 episodes are taped at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • The November 8-12, 1999 episodes were the semi-final, and the final episodes of the Teen Tournament.
  • November 15-19, 1999 episodes were Celebrity Jeopardy!
    • Rosie O'Donnell, Noah Wyle, and Carol Burnett compete on Monday.
    • Brian Dennehy, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Andy Richter compete on Tuesday.
    • Jon Stewart, Shawn Colvin, and Michael Boatman compete on Wednesday.
    • Nathan Lane, Meredith Vieira, and James McDaniel compete on Thursday.
    • Andrea McArdle, Peter Krause, and Sandy Duncan compete on Friday.
  • On the November 29, 1999 episode, Johnny appears in the category "Johnny Gilbert Rocks!".

December 1999[]

  • The December 3, 1999 episode marks the last time, the 1998 Jeopardy! Online logo was used at the end of the show.
  • Starting with the December 6, 1999 episode, the Jeopardy! Online logo changed to "Play Online and Win". The logo consisted of "JEOPARDY! ONLINE" in light blue on a yellow oval against a black background. A techno version if the first logo was remixed, as the text "Play Online and Win" appear onscreen. After that, we see the "JEOPARDY! ONLINE" logo from before, and the text "Play Online and Win" appear, with the URL "jeopardy.com", followed by the last four notes of the show's theme song.
  • On the December 8, 1999 episode, Alex explained what the crew does during the commercial break, right before the Final Jeopardy! segment. Harry Friedman became producer.
  • On the December 16, 1999 episode, Darlene Lieblich retires undefeated with $35,197 and two new Chevy Camaros.
  • On the December 17, 1999 episode, Johnny says "Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin" for the last time.
  • Beginning with the December 20, 1999 episode, Johnny no longer signed off after the credits.
  • On the December 30, 1999 episode, a full credit roll was shown.
  • On the December 31, 1999 episode, the contestants that day were Shala Carlson, Jack Reidy, and Jack Archey. On this episode:
    • The categories in the Jeopardy! round: "Astronomy", "Heavenly Bodies", "Stars on the Map", "Venus", "Sons", and "Moon"'s.
    • The categories in the Double Jeopardy! round: "19th Century America", "Rose is a Rose", "Native American Tribes", "Crossword Clues "S"", "Films of the '70s", and "It's Not the End of the World".
    • The Final Jeopardy! category was "Today's Sports Stars".

January 2000[]

  • On the January 3, 2000 episode, the contestants were Allan Kreda, Jeannie Sank, and Jack Archey. On this episode:
    • The categories in the Jeopardy! round: "Around the Globe", "TV Personalities", "English Ships", "Call Me Steve", "I Wrote a Book!", and "Converbs", as opposed to proverbs.
    • The categories in the Double Jeopardy! round: "U.S. Government", "Muscling In", "Imax Films", "The Rainbow", "Veeps by Middle Name", and "Speak in Hawaiian".
    • The Final Jeopardy! category was "From Play to Ballet".
    • Johnny continues to not sign off during the credits.
  • On the January 4, 2000 episode, Jack Archey retires undefeated with $51,302 and a new Chevy Corvette.
  • On the January 31, 2000 episode, Lee Lasstier retires undefeated with $54,599 and a new Chevy Tahoe.

February 2000[]

  • The College Championship was held at home base since Season 13, and aired from February 7-18, 2000, with a college-themed set.
    • Janet Wong from Drew University won the college tournament of $50,000, a Volvo S40 sedan, followed by a college trophy.
    • Lisa Finneran, Rocky Schmidt, and Gary Johnson became co-producers.
    • On the February 11, 2000 episode, Johnny made a surprise appearance after reading the clues for a Poetry category.
  • On the February 24, 2000 episode, Jeremy Bate retires undefeated with $55,000 and two new Chevy Camaros.

March 2000[]

  • On the March 17, 2000 episode, Robin Caroll retires undefeated with $64,100 and a new Chevy Tahoe.
  • Starting with March 20, 2000 episode and continuing into the present day, the audience no longer applauded coming out of the second commercial break into the Double Jeopardy! round, they were already silent coming out of the second commercial break.

April 2000[]

  • On the April 13, 2000 episode, Mike Blumenfeld retires undefeated with $44,400 and a new Chevy Tahoe.

May 2000[]

  • The May 8-19, 2000 episodes are the Tournament of Champions held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Civic Center.
    • During the first quarterfinal games of that episode, after Johnny said "From Atlanta, Georgia, this is the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions!". Then five seconds later, after the audience applause, he introduced Alex on stage first before introducing the contestants. This is because Alex wanted to explain to the viewers at home that this is the first time that they taped the Tournament of Champions on location. Then, they showed the fifteen champions on the game board, followed by an applause.
    • This season's Tournament of Champions included two Teen Tournaments, two College Championships, and eleven 5-time champions. It was the last time, the Teen Tournament victors are eligible for the Tournament of Champions.
    • The first three competed in the first match with Johnny's introduction, followed by the game. This was the last time that Johnny announced how much winnings these champions earned on their last appearance of the show during the quarterfinal introductions after their name.
    • Robin Carroll, from Marietta, Georgia, won the $100,000 Tournament of Champions in her hometown.

June 2000[]

  • On the June 30, 2000 episode, Alex brings his kids, Matthew, and Emily, onstage at the beginning of this episode.

July 2000[]

  • On the July 4, 2000 episode, a full credit roll was shown. Merv Griffin is no longer credited as the executive producer. Harry Friedman is now the sole executive producer.
  • On the July 5, 2000 episode, Johnny accidentally announced himself as "Glen Trebek" for the only time.
  • On the July 12, 2000 episode, Doug Lach retires undefeated with $85,400 and a new Chevy Corvette.
  • On the July 20, 2000 episode, Tad Carithers retires undefeated with $60,400 and a new Chevy Corvette.
  • Season 16 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 21, 2000.
  • Summer reruns air from July 24-September 1, 2000 with replacement fee plugs. Reruns later air on weekends from 2000-2001.
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