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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, and later the 2002-2009 set.
  • This season is both the last season to use the sushi bar set, and the first season to use the metallic set.
  • On early episodes of this season, Jeopardy!, and its sister show, Wheel of Fortune are still produced by Columbia Tristar Domestic Television.
  • 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.
  • On the September 23, 2002 and September 24, 2002 episodes, a full credit roll is shown two days in a row.
  • The November 8, 2002 episode marks the last time the sushi bar set was used.
  • The 2002 College Championship, which is taped in Ohio, and it was aired from November 11, 2002 to November 22, 2002.
  • On the November 25, 2002 episode, the 2002-2009 set made its debut and was the second one designed by Naomi Slodki.
    • The set consisted of hanging panels with stone-like and metallic-like appearances.
    • The huge Jeopardy! logo was removed from the set, but a smaller one was engraved on one of the panels.
    • The contestant podiums were changed to a trapezoid shaped design.
    • The contestant score displays are changed to LED 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 to the new set.
    • During the first week with this set, the background changes to red when the lights dim during the Final Jeopardy! segment. But from the second week until the end of Season 21, the set stayed blue throughout the whole show.
  • On the December 9, 2002 episode, minor changes are made to the set.
  • Brian Weikle sets a new one-day record of $52,000 on the April 14, 2003 episode.
  • The Tournament of Champions was held in May 2003 when the champions play for $250,000.
  • On the June 19, 2003 episode, John Beck became the last retired 5-time champion.
  • From September 16-20, 2002, Back to School Week is held, where the kids from the 2002-03 school year go back to school on August 26, 2002, school closes out on June 6, 2003.
  • On the September 16, 2002 episode during Back to School Week, two middle-aged boys and one-middle aged girl play.
  • On the September 19, 2002 episode during Back to School Week, two middle-aged girls and one middle-aged boy play.
  • On the September 20, 2002 episode during Back to School Week, three middle-aged boys play, this is also the first time this season that three males play.
  • On the September 27, 2002 episode, three males play for the second time this season.
  • On the October 9, 2002 episode, three males play for the third time this season.
  • The October 10, 2002 episode starts with three new players.
  • On the October 14, 2002 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the October 21, 2002 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the October 31, 2002 episode, three males play for the fourth time this season.
  • On the November 29, 2002 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the December 27, 2002 episode, three males play for the fifth time this season.
  • From January 6-10 2003, Holiday Kids Week is held where the kids from the 2002-03 school year go back to school after their winter break from December 23, 2002 to January 5, 2003.
  • On the January 13, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the January 22, 2003 episode, three males play for the sixth time this season.
  • On the January 30, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the February 20, 2003 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the February 21, 2003 episode, three males play for the seventh time this season.
  • The February 25, 2003 episode starts with three new players.
  • On the March 5, 2003 episode, three males play for the eighth time this season.
  • On the March 13, 2003 episode, three males play for the ninth time this season.
  • On the March 14, 2003 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • The March 24, 2003 episode starts with three new players.
  • On the March 31, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • On the April 9, 2003 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the April 10, 2003 episode, three males play for the tenth time this season.
  • On the April 15, 2003 episode, three males play for the eleventh time this season.
  • The April 17, 2003 episode starts with three new players, two male contestants taking on one female contestant.
  • On the April 23, 2003 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the May 26, 2003 episode, three males play for the twelfth time this season.
  • On the May 30, 2003 episode, there are two male contestants and one female contestant.
  • The June 20, 2003 episode starts with three new players, two male contestants taking on one female contestant.
  • On the June 25 and 27, 2003 episodes, three males play for the thirteenth and fourteenth times this season, this is the first time this season that three males play twice in a row.
  • On the June 26, 2003 episode, there are two female contestants and one male contestant.
  • On the July 17 and 18, 2003 episodes, three males play for the fifteenth and sixteenth times this season, this is the second time this season that three males play twice in a row.
  • Season 19 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 18, 2003.
  • Summer reruns air from July 21-September 5, 2003, with reruns later airing on weekends from 2003-2004.
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