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Season 28 (2011-2012)[]

Season Changes[]

  • New opening sequence: two golden doors open revealing a yellow and purple background, with a bird's eye view of the Jeopardy! logo. The background changed to red and violet. The camera zooms out revealing the Jeopardy! logo, with timer lights going backwards. Finally, the Silver, Gray & White Jeopardy! logo zooms forward, revealing 2009-2013 set.
  • Alex walked onto the set from directly behind the game board, rather than the sliding doors, due to recovering from his injury on his right foot. He began sitting at his podium throughout the whole show and when revealing the Final Jeopardy! category.
  • From this season to the end of the Alex Trebek run, Alex sat at his podium, when the Final Jeopardy! category and clue is revealed on the monitor next to him before the last commercial break, rather than standing in front of the game board in the first 27 seasons; After the last commercial break, Alex revealed the Final Jeopardy! clue.
  • On early episodes of this season, Alex stood at his podium, and there was no chair.
  • Aleve sponsors the consolation prizes beginning the second week of this season; however, it is only seen on regular play.
  • The closing credits have changed again to a different font, which would be in use until Season 33.
  • Lisa Broffman became supervising producer.
  • On episodes with a full closing credit roll, the split-screen backdrop is light blue with glitters.
  • The copyright date gained a violet color scheme.
  • This is the second occurrence where no champions coming from this season who participated in the ToC made it to the finals, following Season 21.
  • This is first season to end it's original run in August instead of July.

September 2011[]

  • Season 28 of Jeopardy! kicked off on September 19, 2011.
  • On the September 23, 2011 episode, Justin Sausville finishes with a 6-day total of $134,000.

October 2011[]

  • On the October 12, 2011 episode, Joon Pahk finishes with a 7-day total of $199,000.
  • During the episode which aired on October 24, 2011, Alex introduced the Jeopardy! Hall of Fame backstage.

November 2011[]

  • The 2011 Tournament of Champions aired on November 2-15, 2011.
    • This tournament is the last time where the champions in the quarterfinal week was in the order of their last names.
    • On the November 9, 2011 episode, Alex delivers clues from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This episode also reran on December 30, 2020 and again on August 25, 2021 as part of the Around the World with Alex episodes paying tribute to Alex Trebek.
    • On the November 14, 2011 episode, Alex delivers clues from Petra in Jordan. This episode also reran on December 31, 2020 and again on August 26, 2021 as part of the Around the World with Alex episodes paying tribute to Alex Trebek.
    • In the first of the two-day finals, eventual champion Roger Craig uncovers both Daily Doubles in the Double Jeopardy! round, wagers all of his winnings on both, and gives correct responses each time.
    • ToC winner Roger sets record for highest True DD wager ($18K), this record is intact until 2020 GOAT player for James (20,200).

December 2011[]

  • Beginning with the December 12, 2011 episode, Alex walked away from his podium on the Jeopardy! set to begin interviewing contestants, and when the Final Jeopardy! "Think!" music plays.
  • On the December 14, 2011 episode, 84-year-old Tampa native Shirley Smallwood attends the taping, thanks to Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime Foundation.
  • On the December 15, 2011 episode, Alex's wife Jean, 91-year-old mother Lucille, and cousin Dolores from Florida were featured in the audience.
  • The closed captioning sponsor was announced right after the first commercial break, right before the Double Jeopardy! round, and right after the second commercial break.
  • On the December 29, 2011 episode, Jason Keller finishes with a 9-day total of $213,900.

January 2012[]

  • On the January 6, 2012 episode, Dave Leach finishes with a 6-day total of $98,054. He is also the last champion to earn less than $100,000 of a 6-time champion until 2022.
  • On the January 12, 2012 episode, Dan McShane finishes with a 4-day total of $62,001. It is also the first time in history that three consecutive ToC players have won the right to compete.

February 2012[]

  • This was the first time that there were two tournaments in one month. This includes the College Championship which airs from February 1-14, 2012, followed by the 2012-A Teachers Tournament which aired from February 15–28.

March 2012[]

  • On the March 8, 2012 episode, David Gard finishes with a 4-day total of $84,700.

April 2012[]

  • The week of April 30, 2012 was the quarterfinal matches of the Teen Tournament.
    • On the May 4, 2012 episode, during the last quarterfinal game in the 2012 Teen Tournament, in Double Jeopardy! leader Gabriela Gonzales wagered $8,000 instead of the minimum necessary $7,001 to cover second-place player Evan Eschliman, who apparently wagered $1,200. To have had an even $15,000 had he gotten the correct response in Final Jeopardy!, but ended up with $12,600 after his miss.
    • To her misfortune, Gabriela's score was coincidentally the same after her miss and over wager.
    • Evan buzzed in first with the correct response to advance to the semifinals, whereas Gabriela's score was insufficient to earn her a wildcard spot.

May 2012[]

  • The weeks of May 7, 2012, and May 14, 2012, were taped at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
    • May 7–11, 2012 was the semi-final and final matches of the Teen Tournament.
      • On the May 11, 2012 episode, Teen Tournament Winner Elyse Mancuso sets the record of $79,600.
        • This was also the first time the winner has won more than $75,000 in the Teen Tournament.
        • As a matter of fact, all three finalists surpass their respective minimum guarantees.
    • May 14–18, 2012 was Power Players Week.
      • Chris Matthews, Lizzie O'Leary and Robert Gibbs compete on Monday.
      • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dana Perino and David Faber compete on Tuesday.
      • Dr. Mehmet Oz, Katty Kay and Chris Wallace compete on Wednesday.
      • Chuck Todd, Clarence Page and Lewis Black compete on Thursday.
      • Anderson Cooper, Kelly O'Donnell and Thomas L. Firedman on Friday.
  • On the May 29, 2012 episode, Joel Pool finishes with a 6-day total of $116,800.

June 2012[]

  • On the June 21, 2012 episode, David Menchaca finishes with a 5-day total of $115,503.

July 2012[]

August 2012[]

  • July 30-August 3, 2012 was Kids Week.
  • Season 28 of Jeopardy! wrapped up on August 3, 2012.
  • Summer reruns aired from August 6-September 14, 2012, with reruns later airing on weekends from 2012-2013.