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Season 30 (2013-2014)[]

Season Changes[]

  • The 2013-present set was introduced starting with this season.
    • The sliding doors behind Alex's podium were removed from the set, so the ramp behind the game board was added.
    • There are LED borders on the game board, on top of that, there are three LED strips and rectangular LED posts on the sides, which look just like the ones used on its sister show Wheel of Fortune.
    • Alex's podium consisted of LED strips to match the game board, and the Jeopardy! logo was added to his podium.
    • The piano key LEDs were removed from the set, so the contestant side was raised to create a single floor.
    • The contestant podiums resemble the 2006 models while retaining the sideways monitors.
    • The large monitor between Alex and the contestants was removed, so a new one with a thinner frame was mounted.
    • The curtain backdrop from the previous set is retained.
  • New opening sequence: red spheres and meandering lines reveal a CGI rendering of a globe, making the green lands on the globe appear; and the globe intro makes a comeback. The Jeopardy! logo and 30th anniversary zoom out to the center of the screen, zooming forward to reveal the current set.
  • The backdrop for picture clues, Daily Doubles, and split screen closing credits on episodes with a full credit roll, changed its color to a blue starry background, appearing similar to the one used in Season 24.
  • Again, there are no roadshows to tape. All 230 half-hour episodes are taped in Culver City.
  • This is the last season until Season 37 to end its original run in August instead of July.
  • It is the season that produced the most female champions with five or more wins in a row (4 people) among all seasons, and it is the only season so far that the number of female champions with five or more wins or more exceeds that of male champions.

September 2013[]

  • Season 30 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 16, 2013.
  • Jared Hall wins his next four matches after winning his first two at the end of Season 29 and accumulates $181,001.

October 2013[]

November 2013[]

  • On the November 5, 2013, episode, one of the Jeopardy! round categories is "Old Theme, New Genre" in which the main theme is performed in different music styles.
    • Instead of the 2008 theme, these renditions also play for in and out of commercial breaks.
  • The Teachers Tournament is held from November 11-22, 2013.
  • On the November 26, 2013, episode, Rani Peffer finishes with a 5-day total of $68,701.

December 2013[]

  • On the December 5, 2013, episode, a marriage proposal happens in the studio audience during the commercial break just before the Double Jeopardy! segment.
    • She says "yes" to her fiancée. Congratulations to the couple.

January 2014[]

  • On the January 2, 2014, episode, Jerry Slowik finishes with a 5-day total of $121,800. However, he was disqualified from participating in the future ToC due to legal issues with child sexual assault after his appearances, and the episodes in which he appeared were never rerun.
  • On the January 21, 2014, episode, Sarah McNitt finishes with a 5-day total of $89,398.
  • A special tournament entitled the Battle of the Decades is held to celebrate the 30th anniversary season of the current syndicated version of the show.
    • 45 contestants who all competed in past Tournament of Champions games have been split into three decades 1984 to 1993, 1994 to 2003, and 2004 to 2013.
    • Each competed against other players in the same decade they competed in before; five matches were held for each decade, airing in late winter and early spring.
    • The winners of each match competed in the quarterfinals/semifinals/finals for the grand prize of $1,000,000. These episodes aired May 5-16, 2014.
    • Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and Roger Craig face off in the finals, Rutter wins the tournament with the $1,000,000 prize, reclaiming the record as the biggest game show money winner.
  • From January 28-March 12, 2014, Arthur Chu's Jeopardy! reign lasted for 11 matches with $297,200, and lost on his 12th game. He is also the first 10+ times champ since 19-time champ David Madden from 2005. The television media considered him as the Jeopardy! villain. He is the last male 5-time champion with ties allowed and the co-champion rule in place, and the last 5-time champion to win one game as co-champion.

February 2014[]

  • The Battle of the Decades from the 80's air from February 3-7, 2014.
  • The College Championship airs from February 10-21, 2014.

March 2014[]

  • The Battle of the Decades from the 90's air from March 3-7, 2014.

April 2014[]

  • The Battle of the Decades from the 00's air from March 31-April 4, 2014.
  • On the April 17, 2014, episode, Sandie Baker finishes with a 6-day total of $140,200.
  • From April 21, 2014-June 2, 2014, Julia Collins surpasses David Madden for the second-longest winning streak and becomes the show's winningest female contestant after having won 20 games with a total of $428,100. She is also the last 5-time champion with ties allowed and the co-champion rule in place.

May 2014[]

  • The Battle of the Decades final weeks air from May 5-16, 2014.

June 2014[]

  • On June 13, 2014, Mike Janela of Guinness World Records presented Alex with a framed certificate recognizing his hosting record: "The most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter same program is 6,829 by Alex Trebek on Jeopardy! in Culver City, California, USA as of 17 April 2014."

July 2014[]

  • Although it has been said the last week of the Battle of the Decades tournament followed by a week of celebrity games would be held in New York City, the tournament ends up all being taped in Culver City, and the celebrity games never get held.
  • Due to the Battle of the Decades, the Teen Tournament gets held over until the end of regular play.

August 2014[]

  • The Teen Tournament airs from July 21-August 1, 2014.
    • On the last episode of Season 30, which aired on August 1, 2014, the deciding game match of the 2014 Teen Tournament, in which both final game 2 leader Jeff Xie and final game 1 high scorer Alan Koolik both wagered everything in Final Jeopardy!, both responded correctly and became tied with two-game totals of $54,200.
    • Jeff buzzed in first with the correct question to winning the $75,000 Teen Tournament prize. What a way to end the regular season.
  • Season 30 of Jeopardy! wraps up on August 1, 2014.
  • Summer reruns air from August 4, 2014, until the Friday before the next season premieres. Replacement fee plugs are in the summer reruns. Reruns later air on weekends from 2014-2015.
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