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Season 25 (2008-2009)[]

Season changes:

  • The opening credits have changed to gold tiles zooming out from the left on a black background, and flipping over to reveal their blue tiles on the right, and a silver Jeopardy! logo pans out. Finally, the Jeopardy! logo then swings forward, in which the "J" reveals the 2002-2009 set. To mark the show's 25th anniversary, a "25th Anniversary" byline is shown under the Jeopardy! logo in a cursive script.
  • The opening graphics were designed by Room 207.
  • Only during this season, the dollar figures don't pop in on the Jeopardy! round board; they are already present on the game board following the introductions.
  • The main theme and "Think!" music are given new arrangements by Chris Bell Music & Sound Design.
    • This version of the music package is used until the end of Season 37.
  • This is the first full season to be distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
  • This is the last season with the 2002-2009 metallic set (HD version).
  • The contestant intros and Final Jeopardy! winnings indicators are changed to darker blue strips with white text in Franklin Gothic font.
  • The contestant introductions background is similar to Season 24, except there are curves near the bottom.
  • Starting with this season, the Final Jeopardy! winnings indicator simply fades in. Prior to this, various animations were used.
  • Effective this season and continuing into the present day, the contestants who finished with zero or negative at the end of Double Jeopardy! return to the studio for the post-game chats.
  • In this season, Jeopardy! did "Champion Update" segments, as well as one called "Ask Alex", where Alex answered the viewer's questions.
  • The backdrop for Daily Doubles, picture clues, and split-screen closing credits on episodes with a full credit roll is changed to a blue background with a white blob floating around. This backdrop is reused in Season 26.
  • Starting with this season, the College Championship is no longer taped on a university campus.
  • Due to the Kids Week Reunion in September 2008, Jeopardy! held Kids Week in July and continued every year until 2013.
  • This is the only season with the 2008-2021 theme and "Think!" music to use the 2002-2009 "Metallic" set.

This season:

  • Season 25 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 8, 2008.
  • During the first month of this season, the new music package uses slightly different recordings.
    • Originally, the main theme didn't use an electric guitar lead until midway through.
    • The "Think!" cue used prominent percussion and a french horn lead, with piano and flute doubling in octaves.
  • From September 15-19, 2008, the Kids Week Reunion is held, featuring former Kids Week contestants from 1999 and 2000.
  • On October 6, 2008, the Jeopardy! theme is re-recorded to include an electric guitar lead throughout the entire piece. However, the original recording is still heard during the closing credits.
  • On the October 13, 2008 episode, The "Think!" music is re-recorded to reduce the prominence of the percussion.
  • The Teen Tournament airs from November 10-21, 2008.
  • Priscilla Ball was a Jeopardy! champion on the January 16, 2009 episode. She was due to return as champion on the next show that aired on the January 19, 2009 episode, but felt ill, so that game began with three new contestants, last time they had three new challengers on Jeopardy! was back on the June 20, 2003 episode, and Alex announced that she would return as a co-champion at a later date. Priscilla eventually did come back on the April 9, 2009 episode, and made her second appearance. The April 9, 2009 episode marked the first time where returning co-champions was applied to champions who were previously unable to return.
  • One Celebrity Jeopardy! match and the Tournament of Champions are taped at the Consumer Electronics Show and aired March 10-24, 2009.
    • The 2009-2013 set debuts, although it doesn't get permanently put into use until Season 26.
      • The new set is designed specifically for HD and features Sony's latest technology.
      • The game board now consists of 36 HDTV LCD television monitors.
      • The contestant podiums consisted of LCD television monitors on their sides, and the scores on the contestant lecterns are changed to a different font. Additionally, the scores are now always in the blue background; positive scores continue to be in white text, but negative scores are now in red text.
      • There is also a giant monitor between Alex and the contestants that displays the Jeopardy! logo (or the logo of a particular tournament) during most of the game; it also reveals the Final Jeopardy! category just before the last commercial break, although both the category and clue continue to be revealed on the board.
      • Alex makes his entrance through sliding doors from behind his podium.
      • The contestant backdrop consists of multi-colored triangles and a framework that somewhat resembles a spider web.
    • The Tournament of Champions is held right after the Celebrity match.
      • During the quarterfinals, Johnny says, "Here are today's contestants." instead of, "Here are three former champions."
      • Dan Pawson, Aaron Schroeder, and Larissa Kelly go head-to-head in the finals. Pawson wins the tournament and the $250,000 grand prize.
  • The College Championship which airs from May 4-15, 2009, is once again held from home base.
  • July 13-17, 2009 is Kids Week.
  • Season 25 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 24, 2009, which also marks the last appearance of the metallic set.
  • Summer reruns air from July 27 to September 11, 2009, with reruns later airing on weekends from September 19, 2009, to September 11, 2010.