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Season 16 (1999-2000)Edit

Season changes:

  • The opening credits have changed to a new version of the CGI Sony Pictures Studios flyover. We zoom out on a TV tube shape to show various photographs from the show on some television tubes, which moves from right to left. As this happens, gold letters pop in one by one to form the Jeopardy! logo, then, one last television tube floats from the right, and zooms in to reveal the 1996-2002 set.
  • WebTV introduced an interactive element that allowed users with WebTV to play along with Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, which is indicated by a "WebTV interactive program" bug at the beginning of the show.
  • This is the last season where the contestants walked onto the set.
  • This is the last full season to have the 1997-2001 theme.
  • This is the last season where the studio audience is shown during Alex's entrance, in and out of commercial breaks, and during the closing credits.
  • This is also the last full season where the categories flip over.
  • This is the last season to use the phrase "Now entering the studio are today's contestants". It has been used since Season 1.
  • This is also the last season where Johnny said "From the Sony Pictures Studios, this is Jeopardy!".
  • On early episodes of this season, Johnny signs off. On later episodes of this season, Johnny no longer signs off.

This season:

  • 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.
  • On the December 8, 1999 episode, Alex explained what the crew does during the commercial break, right before the Final Jeopardy! segment. It includes two contestant coordinators, a stage manager, and an electronic score keeper.
  • Merv Griffin retired, and Harry Friedman became the executive producer for both Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
  • 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!".
  • On the October 17, 1999 episode, Eddie Timanus became the first blind contestant to appear on Jeopardy!. During his appearance, the contestants were already at their podiums, rather than making their entrance. This change became permanent the next season.
  • 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, and the November 15-19, 1999 episodes were Celebrity Jeopardy!.
  • The College Championship was held in February 2000 at Sony Pictures Studios, 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.
  • The December 15, 1999 episode marks the last time, the 1998 Jeopardy! Online logo was used at the end of the show.
  • Starting with the December 27, 1999 episode, the Jeopardy! Online logo was 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 from the first logo was remixed, as the text "Play Online and Win" appear. After that, we see the "JEOPARDY! ONLINE" logo from before, and the text "Play Online and Win" pop in one by one, with the URL "jeopardy.com" below, followed by the last seven notes of the show's theme song.
  • Lisa Finneran, Rocky Schmidt, and Gary Johnson became co-producers.
  • 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 consisted of: "Astronomy", "Heavenly Bodies", "Stars on the Map", "Venus", "Sons", and "Moon"'s.
    • The categories in the Double Jeopardy! round consisted of: "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".
    • Johnny said "Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin" for the last time, due to the fact that he no longer signs off after the credits.
  • 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 consisted of: "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 consisted of: "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 no longer said "Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin", due to the fact that he was no longer involved in the series.
  • On the February 10, 2000 episode, Johnny made a cameo appearance after reading the clues for a Poetry category.
  • The College Championship was held at home base for the first time since Season 13, and aired from February 7-18, 2000.
  • On the May 8, 2000 episode, the Tournament of Champions are 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, then 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.
  • On the June 30, 2000 episode, Alex brings his kids, Matthew, and Emily, onstage at the beginning of this episode.
  • On the July 5, 2000 episode, Johnny accidentally announced himself as "Glen Trebek" for the only time.
  • 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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