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Season 17 (2000-2001)[]

Season Changes[]

  • This is both the last season with the 1997-2001 theme, and the first season with the 2001-2008 theme.
  • This is the last full season to be produced by Columbia TriStar Television, who had produced Jeopardy! since Season 11.
  • This is the last full season where consolation prizes feature merchandise and vacation packages.
  • On early episodes of this season, consolation prizes still featured merchandise for second place. Later this season and the next season (except for the last three months), consolation prizes was merchandise for third place only, and the prize for second place was vacation packages.
  • This is also the last full season to implement the winnings cap with any excess being donated to charity for 5-time champions and the Chevrolet cars featured as the bonus prize for 5-time champions.
  • This is also the last full season to feature $100 increments in the first round and the $200 increments in the Double Jeopardy! round.
  • The Sony Pictures Studios flyover introduction was removed, and this season's opening sequence sees the Jeopardy! logo forming inside a yellow rectangle against a blue background with sliding squares. Finally, the Jeopardy! logo zooms forward, revealing the 1996-2002 set.
  • The Jeopardy! logo bug appeared, and WebTV dropped Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune due to Sony's financial dispute on the February 26, 2001 episode.
  • This is the last season where the closing credits appear over different angles of the set, as well as shots of the host and the contestants.
  • Like the previous season, the DAILY DOUBLE graphic cards show the two words appearing in a single line.
  • The glass backdrop consisted of a very pale lavender, which would be used for the rest of the sushi bar set's run.
  • For the first half of this season, the Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy! categories flip over.
  • During the second half, the Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy! categories fade in.
  • The first five seconds of the theme have been truncated, and a wind blowing sound effect is heard.
  • "From the Sony Pictures Studios" was dropped, so Johnny's opening catchphrase changed back to "This is Jeopardy!".
  • The studio audience is no longer shown on camera.
  • This is the first full season where the audience is already silent coming out of the second commercial break into the Double Jeopardy! round.
  • The contestants stayed at their podiums before the host's entrance, rather than walking onto the set in the first 16 seasons. As a result, Johnny no longer said "Now entering the studio are today's contestants", so he began rotating five opening catchphrases:
    • Monday: Let's meet today's contestants.
    • Tuesday: Introducing today's contestants.
    • Wednesday: Here are today's contestants.
    • Thursday: Please welcome today's contestants.
    • Friday: Today's contestants are.
  • When the returning champion is introduced, his/her number of games won thus far are now shown onscreen.
  • For both this season and the next season (except for the last three months), the segment where Johnny announces the consolation prizes for the 2nd and 3rd place contestants is moved from the end of Double Jeopardy! to before the contestant interviews right after the first commercial break.
  • Lisa Finneran, Rocky Schmidt, and Gary Johnson became producers.
  • The copyright notice had changed to a trademark notice, which remains intact to this day.
  • This is the first season not to have any Tournament of Champions.

September 2000[]

  • Season 17 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 4, 2000.
  • On the September 19, 2000, episode, Michelle Clum retires undefeated with $50,200 and a new Chevy Corvette. She is last retired female 5-time champion.
  • On the September 26, 2000, episode, Andrew Garen retires undefeated with $56,100 and two new Chevy Camaros.

October 2000[]

  • From October 2-6, 2000, Back to School Week is held.

November 2000[]

  • From October 30-November 3, 2000, Brad Rutter became a five-time undefeated champion, accumulating $55,102, plus two new Chevy Camaros in his five games.
  • The College Championship was held at the University of Washington from November 8-21, 2000 with the 1997 Theme.

December 2000[]

  • From December 25-29, 2000, Holiday Kids Week is held.

January 2001[]

  • From January 9-15, 2001, episodes, Michael Armon amasses $54,499 and a new Chevy Suburban in five games.

February 2001[]

  • On February 5, 2001, a Celebrity Jeopardy! episode airs, featuring Jodie Foster, Nathan Lane, and Harry Connick, Jr. This is the only celebrity game this week taped in Culver City.
  • From February 6-9, 2001, four of five Celebrity Jeopardy! matches are held at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • During these episodes, an updated version of the theme debuts. This arrangement is at a faster tempo and now includes a middle section featuring saxophone and electric guitar improvs before the main verses are repeated.
    • Jeff Probst, Martha Stewart and Charles Barkley compete on Tuesday.
    • Wayne Brady, Dana Delany and Eric Idle compete on Wednesday.
    • Mike Piazza, Jane Krakowski and Kevin Sorbo compete on Thursday.
    • Seth Green, Brandi Chastain and Steven Page compete on Friday.
    • The February 5-7, 2001 episodes of this match also reran from July 28-30, 2020 as part of the Celebrity Jeopardy! Vault episodes.
  • From February 12-16, 2001, the International Tournament was also held at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • Robin Carroll, who won the 2000 Tournament of Champions in the previous season, also wins this tournament.
  • On the February 26, 2001 episode, WebTV dropped Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune due to Sony's financial dispute.

March 2001[]

  • On the March 5, 2001 episode, the Jeopardy! logo bug appeared onscreen for the first time.
  • On the March 12, 2001, episode, Rick Knutsen retires undefeated with $57,300 and two new Chevy Camaros.

April 2001[]

  • On the April 3, 2001, episode, Bob Fleenor retires undefeated with $55,700 and two new Chevy Camaros.
  • On the April 10, 2001, episode, Ryan Moore retires undefeated with $39,800 and a new Chevy Corvette.
  • On the April 18, 2001, episode, Larry Cloud retires undefeated with $66,100 and two new Chevy Camaros.
  • On the April 20, 2001, episode, the 1997-2001 theme was used for the last time. However, it would continue to be used in subsequent Jeopardy! video games until 2004 and was very briefly heard in the Jeopardy! 4,000th episode (aired May 15, 2002), Johnny Gilbert signs off one last time.
  • On the April 23, 2001, episode, the updated main theme is put into full-time use, and lasts until the end of Season 24.
  • From April 30, 2001-May 11, 2001, the Teen Tournament is held in Philadelphia.

May 2001[]

  • On the May 22, 2001, episode, Babu Srinivasan retires undefeated with $75,100 and a new Chevy Corvette.

June 2001[]

  • On the June 14, 2001, episode, Mark Eckard retires undefeated with $69,600 and a new Chevy Suburban.
  • On the June 26, 2001, episode, Lan Djang retires undefeated with $51,100 and two new Chevy Camaros.

July 2001[]

  • On the July 3, 2001, episode, Kevin Keach retires undefeated with $50,703 and a new Chevy Tahoe.
  • On the July 18, 2001, episode, Alan Bailey retires undefeated with $61,501 and a new Chevy Suburban.
  • Season 17 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 20, 2001.
  • Summer repeats air from July 23 to August 31, 2001, with replacement fee plugs. Repeats later air on weekends from 2001-2002.
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