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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.
  • The opening credits have changed to red spheres and meandering lines as the camera pans out to reveal a CGI rendering of a globe, making the green lands on the globe appear; and the globe intro makes a comeback, albeit much different from the '80s and '90s. The Jeopardy! logo and 30th anniversary zoom out to the center of the screen from top and bottom respectively, and then the logo zooms forward, cutting to the current set through the "A" like in Seasons 27 and 28.
  • 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.

This season:

  • Season 30 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 16, 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 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 fiancĂ©e. Congratulations to the couple.
  • 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 quarter-finals/semi-finals/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, and lost on his 12th game. The television media considered him as the Jeopardy! villain.
  • The Battle of the Decades from the 80's air from February 3-7, 2014.
  • The College Championship airs from February 10-21, 2014.
  • The Battle of the Decades from the 90's air from March 3-7, 2014.
  • The Battle of the Decades from the 00's air from March 31-April 4, 2014.
  • 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.
  • The Battle of the Decades final weeks air from May 5-16, 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."
  • Again, there are no roadshows to tape. All 230 half-hour episodes are taped in Culver City.
  • 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.
  • 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 response 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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