Season 17 (2000-2001)EditSeason Changes:
- Season 17 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 4, 2000.
- This season is both the last season to have the 1997-2001 theme, and the first season to have the 2001-2008 theme.
- This is also the last season, in which Jeopardy!, and its sister show, Wheel of Fortune were both presented in WebTV interactive.
- This is the last season of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune to be produced by Columbia TriStar Television. Columbia TriStar Domestic Television will be taking over production of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune in 2001.
- The opening credits have changed to a blue background with the Jeopardy! logo sliding out, and it was being formed on a yellow rectangle. The Jeopardy! logo zooms in by cutting through the "A" to reveal the 1996-2002 set.
- The categories for the Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy! round segments now fade in Starting on the week of October 9th with the exception of the week of December 25th Kids Week and the week of October 16th.
- A wind blowing sound is used in the introduction at the start of this season, and it would remain in use until the April 20, 2001 episode.
- Starting with this season and continuing into today, Johnny Gilbert's introduction changed back to the classic opening catchphrase which is: "This is Jeopardy!" for episodes taped in Culver City.
- The contestants were already at their podiums.
- Beginning with this season, Johnny Gilbert started using a rotation of catchphrases, such as: "Please welcome today's contestants" (Monday), "Introducing today's contestants" (Tuesday), "Here are today's contestants" (Wednesday), "Today's contestants are..." (Thursday), and "Let's meet today's contestants" (Friday).
- When the returning champion is introduced, his/her number of games won thus far is now shown onscreen.
- On the November 3, 2000 episode, Brad Rutter became a five-time undefeated champion.
- On these episodes, which aired on February 10, 2001, Celebrity Jeopardy! and the International Tournament both held at the Hilton hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. On these episodes, the 2001-2008 theme made its first appearance.
- The April 20, 2001 episode marks the last time, the 1997-2001 theme is used.
- On the April 23, 2001 episode, the 2001-2008 theme made its debut.
- The copyright notice have changed to a trademark notice, which continued to use it to this day.
- Season 17 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 20, 2001.
- Summer reruns air from July 23-August 31, 2001 with replacement fee plugs. Reruns later air on weekends from 2001-2002.
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