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Season 28 (2011-2012)Edit

Season changes:

  • The opening credits have changed to two golden doors opening diagonally to reveal a yellow and purple background and a bird's eye view of the Jeopardy! logo seen from the top of the letters. Then there are flying grid and purple and red panels somewhat similar to the Season 26 intro as the background changes its color to red and purple. The camera comes out of its birds-eye view to reveal the Jeopardy! logo as the timer lights below the logo go in reverse direction. Finally, the Jeopardy! logo then zooms forward, revealing the 2009-2013 set through the "A" like in Season 27.
  • Alex Trebek 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 standing at his podium throughout the whole game.
  • Starting with this season and continuing into today, Alex Trebek began standing at his podium, when the Final Jeopardy! category is revealed, rather than standing in front of a game board in the first 27 seasons.
  • On the October 24, 2011, episode, Alex Trebek introduces the newly unveiled Jeopardy! Hall of Fame backstage.
  • Beginning with the December 12, 2011 episode, Alex Trebek walked away from his podium on the Jeopardy! set to begin interviewing contestants, and when the Final Jeopardy! "Think!" music plays.
  • 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.
  • 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 Trebek's wife Jean Trebek, 91-year-old mother Lucille Trebek, and cousin Dolores Trebek from Florida were featured in the audience.
  • The closed captioning sponsored is announced right before the Double Jeopardy! and right after the second commercial break.
  • On episodes with a full closing credit roll, the split-screen backdrop is light blue with glitters.

This season:

  • Season 28 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 19, 2011.
  • During the Tournament of Champions, in November 2011, in the first of the two-day finals, Roger Craig uncovers both Daily Doubles in the Double Jeopardy! round, wagers all of his winnings on both, and gives correct responses.
  • This was the first time that there were two tournaments in one month. This includes the College Championship, followed by the Teachers Tournament.
  • The weeks of May 7, 2012, and May 14, 2012, are taped at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. May 7, 2012, to May 11, 2012, is the semi-final and final matches of the Teen Tournament, and May 14, 2012, to May 18, 2012, is Power Players Week.
  • On the May 4, 2012 episode, during the last quarterfinal game in the 2012 Teen Tournament, in DJ! 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. So as 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.
  • On the Teen Tournament Finals Part 2 which aired on the May 11, 2012, episode, Teen Tournament Winner Elyse Mancuso sets the record of $79,600.
  • This is 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.
  • Season 28 of Jeopardy! wraps up on August 3, 2012.
  • Summer reruns kicks off on August 6, 2012.