Season 19 (2002-2003)Edit

Season Changes:

  • Starting with this season, Alex Trebek’s wardrobe is removed from the closing credits.
  • At the beginning of this season, Sony Pictures Television took over production of Jeopardy!, and its sister show, Wheel of Fortune. On a dark blue screen, we see bars with orange inside and the text "Sony Pictures Television" appears zooming away slowly. The music is a Christmas style tune composed by Mike Jones.
  • The opening credits have changed to a black background with a lavender color. Next, the show's letters formed the silver Jeopardy! logo at the end. Finally, the Jeopardy! logo then zooms forward, in which the "A" reveals the 1996-2002 set.
  • This season is both the last season to use the 1996-2002 set, and the first season to use the 2002-2009 set.
  • At the beginning of this season, Jeopardy!, and its sister show, Wheel of Fortune are now currently produced by Sony Pictures Television.

This season:

  • Season 19 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 2, 2002.
  • Myron Meyer sets a new one day record of $50,000 on the September 5, 2002 episode.
  • On the September 20, 2002 episode, on the last game of 2002 Back to School Week, Mike Scott won the game by the tiebreaker round.
  • Mike, who had the lead going into Final Jeopardy! with $10,800 to his nearest opponent's $9,000, wagered only $7,200, playing for a tie, rather than for the win.
  • Lucky for him, he gave the correct response to the tiebreaker clue.
  • The November 8, 2002 episode marks the last time, the 1996-2002 set was used, so the 2002-2009 set will make its debut on the November 25, 2002, episode.
  • The 2002 College Championship, which is taped in Ohio, and it was aired from November 11, 2002, to November 22, 2002.
  • The Tournament of Champions was held in May 2003 when the champions play for $250,000.
  • On the November 25, 2002, episode, the 2002-2009 set made its debut and was designed by Naomi Slodki. The set consisted of hanging panels with stone-like and metallic-like appearances. The Jeopardy! logo was removed from the set, so the contestant podiums were changed to a trapezoid shaped design. The contestant score displays are changed to LCD displays; positive scores are shown in white text on a blue background while negative scores are shown in a white text on a red background. The intro shows a time-lapse transition from the 1996-2002 set to the 2002-2009 set.
  • In the January 2003 episode, minor changes are made to the set.
  • Brian Weikle sets a new one-day record of $52,000 on the episode aired April 14, 2003.
  • On the June 19, 2003 episode, John Beck became the last retired 5-time champion.
  • Season 19 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 18, 2003.
  • Summer reruns kicks off on July 21, 2003.