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Season 26 (2009-2010)[]

Season Changes[]

  • New opening sequence: flying glass panels with a Jeopardy! logo that moves underneath. As more panels fly over, the Jeopardy! logo appeared at different angles. The camera pans out to show the Jeopardy! logo, and two glass doors close, opening to reveal the 2009-2013 set.
  • After being introduced while taping at the Consumer Electronics Show in Season 25, the 2009-2013 set becomes the primary set in the studio, and remains in use until the end of Season 29.
  • Starting with this season and continuing into the present day, the monitors on the contestants' podiums reverted back to the Final Jeopardy! logo at the end of the show.
  • This is the first season to feature the Clue Crew lineup of only three members, consisted of Sarah Whitcomb (now known as Sarah Whitcomb Foss) and Jimmy McGuire with Kelly Miyahara. The Clue Crew lineup of three members continues until the end of Season 35.
  • The gameplay round title cards feature the "DOUBLE" and "FINAL" in Double and Final Jeopardy! in red, using an unknown font with similarities to Agency FB.
  • The contestant intros and Final Jeopardy! winnings indicators are purple stripes with a white text in the same unknown font.
  • At the start of the Jeopardy! segment, the Jeopardy! logo spans the whole game board except in the monitors that reveal the categories.
    • The dollar figures now appear on five television monitors, accompanied by six futuristic bell style musical notes. The sound effect remains until the end of Season 32, but the loading pattern continues to the present day.
  • The closing credits are changed to a new font, Futura, and were used for the copyright credits on early episodes; shortly after the start of this season, however, the copyright credits are changed to Arial Black.

September 2009[]

  • Season 26 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 14, 2009.
  • On the September 14. 2009 episode, Stefan Goodreau finishes with a 5-day total of $84,870.
  • From September until May, the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational takes place the third Thursday of each month, where celebrities are competing for $1 million for their favorite charity.
  • The September 17, 2009 episode is the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game #1. Wolf Blitzer, Dana Delaney and Andy Richter compete.

October 2009[]

  • On the October 1, 2009 episode, Andy Srinivasan finishes with a 4-day total of $69,600.
  • On the October 13, 2009 episode, Contestant Jeff Kirby ineligibly returns as repeat contestant. He returned to the show in 2009 without explanation after appearing as a challenger almost a decade prior. In his second appearance in 2009, he wore the same tie as he wore in his first appearance in 1999. Jeopardy! fans and archivists with the J! Archive discovered the fact that Jeff had reappeared ineligibly by comparing pictures of Kirby from his two appearances. On 2009-10-14, Jeopardy! producers released a statement saying that they "relied on information provided to us by Mr. Kirby. He did not disclose that he had previously been on Jeopardy! His having been on the show before made Mr. Kirby ineligible as a contestant and therefore ineligible to receive any prizes from the show.
  • The October 15, 2009 episode is the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game #2. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Soledad O'Brien and Michael McKean compete.
  • On the October 16, 2009 episode, Terry Linwood finishes with a 5-day total of $122,705.
  • The October 20, 2009 episode marked the only rare Audio Final Jeopardy! to date.
  • On the October 30, 2009 episode, Christine Valada finishes with a 4-day total of $68,703.

November 2009[]

  • The Teen Tournament airs from November 2-13, 2009.
  • The November 19, 2009 episode is the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game #3. Julie Bowen, Jane Kaczmarek and Robin Quivers compete.
  • On the November 23, 2009 episode:
    • The Jeopardy! round categories are "SNL Celebrity Jeopardy!", "States That End in Hampshire", "What Color is Green?", "Current Black Presidents", "Sounds That Kitties Make", and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Word That Rhymes with Star"
    • Alex delivers clues from Israel during the Double Jeopardy! round.
    • This episode re-aired on December 28, 2020 and again on August 23, 2021 as part of the Around the World with Alex episodes paying tribute to the late Alex Trebek.

December 2009[]

  • On the December 9, 2009 episode, Alex delivers clues from the Galápagos Islands. This episode also reran on December 29, 2020 and again on August 24, 2021 as part of the Around the World with Alex episodes paying tribute to Alex Trebek.
    • Also on the December 9, 2009 episode, Dave Belote finishes with a 5-day total of $134,801.
  • The December 17, 2009 episode is the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game #4. Christopher Meloni, Harry Shearer and Joshua Malina compete.
  • On the December 24, 2009 episode, Ryan Chaffee finishes with a 4-day total of $91,900.
  • On the December 30, 2009 episode, Stephen Weingarten finishes with a 4-day total of $96,690.

January 2010[]

  • On the January 6, 2010 episode, after the introductions, the dollar figures pop in before the camera cuts to the game board.
  • On the January 20, 2010 episode, Jason Zollinger finishes with a 6-day total of $148,404.
  • The January 21, 2010 episode is the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game #5. Pat Sajak, Elizabeth Perkins and Doug Savant compete.

February 2010[]

  • The College Championship airs from February 1-12, 2010.
  • The February 18, 2010 episode is the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game #6. Chris Matthews, David Duchovny and Charles Shaughnessy compete.

March 2010[]

  • On the March 10, 2010 episode, Vijay Balse finishes with a 4-day total of $82,400.
  • Beginning with this episode, which aired on March 15, 2010, the consolation prizes $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for third place begin appearing in the contestant lectern score displays as blue text on a white background.
  • The March 18, 2010 episode is the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game #7. Anderson Cooper, Aisha Tyler and Cheech Marin compete.
  • On the March 29, 2010 episode, Regina Robbins finishes with a 4-day total of $90,700.

April 2010[]

  • The April 15, 2010 episode is the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game #8. Neil Patrick Harris, Rebecca Lobo and Hill Harper compete.
  • The April 16, 2010 episode is the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational quarterfinal game #9. Jane Curtin, Isaac Mizrahi and CCH Pounder compete.

May 2010[]

  • The week of May 3, 2010, the semifinals and finals of the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational are held.
  • On the May 7, 2010, Michael McKean wins the tournament. This also reran on July 31, 2020 as part of the Celebrity Jeopardy! Vault episodes.
  • The Tournament of Champions is held from May 10-21, 2010, after the final week of the Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational.
  • On the May 25, 2010 episode, Buddy Wright finishes with a 4-day total of $88,804.

June 2010[]

  • On the June 23, 2010 episode, Paul Kursky finishes with a 5-day total of $109,411.

July 2010[]

  • July 5-9, 2010 is Kids Week.
  • On the July 22, 2010 episode, John Krizel finishes with a 4-day total of $105,424.
  • Season 26 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 30, 2010.

Post-season[]

  • Summer reruns air from August 2-September 10, 2010, with reruns later airing on weekends from 2010-2011.
    • The 2009 Teen Tournament is repeated August 2-13, 2010.
    • The 2010-A College Championship is repeated August 16-27, 2010.
    • The Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational is repeated August 30-September 10, 2010.
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