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Season 37 (2020-2021)[]

Season Changes[]

  • For this season only, Mike Richards was the executive producer of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
  • Ken Jennings was credited as consulting producer beginning with this season.[1]
  • During this season, various changes are made to the set:
    • The contestant podiums are spaced six feet apart from one another.
    • The host's podium and the large monitor next to it are redesigned; the latter is now mounted on two brown posts.
    • The background became a darker blue.
    • The curved shapes became lavender maroon color.
    • The pillar was removed.
    • There are two golden arches on the stage floor, one near the game board, and one near the contestant podiums; this was carried over from the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time special.
    • Despite these changes, the set otherwise remains the same as it has been since it was first put into use during Season 30.
  • The opening credits have changed to a redesigned version of the globe logo. The globe zooms in, and we see photographs and footage from the show. Finally, the photographs and footage disappear, and the Jeopardy! logo zooms out with a globe behind it. Then, the Jeopardy! logo zooms forward, in which the "A" reveals the revamped 2013-present set.
  • The Daily Double, Video Daily Double, and split-screen credits gained a new look to match the season's title card.
  • Beginning this season, the camera views are changed during the thinking period in Final Jeopardy!
    • The camera still pans along the floor from the stage front to the contestant lecterns. However, the camera now shows full shots of all three lecterns in-between close-ups of the contestants. After the close-up of the middle contestant, the camera pans downwards slightly while showing all three lecterns at an angle before changing to a close-up of the rightmost contestant. This is probably due to the lecterns being spaced farther apart than in earlier seasons.
  • This is the first season to be produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios.
  • This is the last season in which the show's taping location is known as Sony Pictures Studios Stage 10.
    • Stage 10 would be renamed the Alex Trebek Stage the following season in honor of Alex's legacy.
  • This is the last season to have John Lauderdale as the stage manager, as he retired at the end of the season. In the next season, Jimmy McGuire became the stage manager.
  • Due to travel bans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clue Crew consisted of Sarah Whitcomb Foss and Jimmy McGuire presented less often.
  • This season, the Clue Crew presented clues less often due to travel bans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, featuring clues that were filmed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On early episodes of this season:
  • This season is both the last season to be distributed by CBS Television Distribution, and the first season to be distributed by CBS Media Ventures.
  • This is also both the last season with Alex Trebek as the host; and the only season to have the revolving guest host format.
  • This is also the last season to use the 2008-2021 theme.
  • GEICO quit sponsoring the cash winning prizes on June 14, 2021.
  • The Teachers Tournament and the College Championship are not held this season.
  • This is the last season where Johnny said "Promotional consideration provided by..." after the host signs off. As a result, it is also the last season to have the promotional fee plugs in the closing credits.
  • This is the first season since Season 30 to end its original run in August instead of July.
  • This is the last full season to have Clay Jacobsen as the director.
  • Filming began on July 28, 2020. Alex Trebek’s last shows were taped over two days (October 28-29, 2020) because of his illness. Filming was suspended upon his death on November 8, resumed on November 30 and continued through May 4, 2021.

September 2020[]

  • Season 37 of Jeopardy! premieres on September 14, 2020.
  • On the season premiere, there were three new contestants for the first time since January 19, 2016.
    • Zach Newkirk, an attorney from Alexandria, Virginia, was unable to return for months due to travel bans in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. His fifth episode was put on hold until January 28, 2021.

October 2020[]

  • From October 8-15, 2020 Kevin Walsh became a 5-day champion, accumulating $111,301 in cash winnings, and was also the last 5-time champion whose streak aired during Alex Trebek's life.
    • The October 13, 2020 episode marked the sixth time that only one contestant (Kevin Walsh) participated in the Final Jeopardy! round, making this the last time a single-player Final Jeopardy! round was played in the Alex Trebek era.

November 2020[]

  • The November 6, 2020 episode marked the final episode that aired before Alex Trebek's death. It was also the last episode this season where the 2008-2021 theme music ends at the same time as the credits.
  • Alex Trebek died on November 8, 2020 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80; Trebek's spirit and legacy of his television career will continue to live on forever.
  • From November 9, 2020, to the season finale, the closing theme ends mid-theme. Previously, the theme music finished the same time as the credits do.
    • The episode that aired on November 9, 2020, opened with executive producer Mike Richards paying tribute to Alex Trebek.
      • A dedication card which reads "Dedicated to Alex Trebek, forever in our Hearts, always our Inspiration" is now shown at the end of each episode for the rest of the season.
  • From November 16-20, 2020, Andy Wood becomes a 4-day champion, accumulating $91,999 in cash winnings. Andy Wood is the first 4-time champion whose streak aired after Alex Trebek's death.
  • From November 25-December 1, 2020, Ryan Hemmel becomes a 4-day champion, accumulating $104,526 in cash winnings.

December 2020[]

  • On the December 15, 2020 episode, Brayden Smith makes his Jeopardy! debut.
  • Around the World with Alex airs from December 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021, featuring repeats of Alex's favorite traveling-themed episodes, some of which have been available on Netflix and Hulu.
    • The October 14, 2004 episode (#4624), where Alex presented hockey-themed video clues with Tie Domi from the Toronto Maple Leafs, was rebroadcasted on December 21, 2020. The 2001-2008 theme is replaced by the 2008-2021 theme during the closing credits.
    • The April 4, 2006 episode (#4972), where Alex presented clues with the Sesame Street gang, was rebroadcasted on December 22, 2020.
    • The September 27, 2007 episode (#5299), where Alex traveled to Kadena Air Force Base in Japan, was rebroadcasted on December 23, 2020.
    • The November 6, 2007 episode (#5327), where Alex traveled to Machu Picchu in Peru, was rebroadcasted on December 24, 2020.
    • The January 15, 2009 episode (#5609), where Alex traveled to Niagara Falls was rebroadcasted on December 25, 2020.
    • The November 23, 2009 episode (#5796), where Alex traveled to Israel, was rebroadcasted on December 28, 2020.
    • The December 9, 2009 episode (#5808), where Alex traveled to the Galápagos Islands, was rebroadcasted on December 29, 2020.
    • The November 9, 2011 episode (#6243), where Alex traveled to The Metropolitan Opera in New York, was rebroadcasted on December 30, 2020.
    • The November 14, 2011 episode (#6246), where Alex traveled to Petra in Jordan, was rebroadcasted on December 31, 2020.
    • The February 6, 2017 episode (#7461), where Alex traveled to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., was rebroadcasted on January 1, 2021.

January 2021[]

  • Alex Trebek's final episodes aired from January 4-8, 2021, taped on October 28-29, 2020, and were originally scheduled to air from December 21-25, 2020.
    • On the January 5, 2021 episode, Brayden Smith's streak ends, with a 5-day total of $115,798, making him the last five-time champion in the Alex Trebek era. Brayden Smith passed away on February 5, 2021, at the age of 24 due to complications following surgery. He is the third such champion to have died before their respective Tournament of Champions.
    • Alex Trebek's final episode aired on January 8, 2021. It concluded with a tribute montage, featuring Alex's most memorable moments. The song used in the tribute was the song "Once Before I Go" from the 2003 musical The Boy From Oz.
  • Starting with the January 11, 2021 episode, and ran until the season finale, Jeopardy! used the guest host and guest hostess format, where famous celebrities, journalists, and former Jeopardy! contestants host. Each interim host is announced by Johnny Gilbert as "The guest host of Jeopardy!".
    • From January 11-February 19, 2021, Jeopardy! champion and consulting producer Ken Jennings served as interim host.
      • Starting with the January 11, 2021 episode, the opening graphics are changed to remove prominent footage of Alex Trebek.
      • On the January 15, 2021 episode, the CBS Television Distribution logo appeared for the last time.
      • On the January 18, 2021 episode, the CBS Media Ventures logo appeared for the first time.
      • From January 19-28, 2021, Brian Chang becomes a 7-day champion, accumulating $163,904 in cash winnings and becoming the first 5-day champion in the post-Trebek era.
      • The January 22, 2021 episode marked the third time a tie-breaker clue was played during regular play in the Final Jeopardy! round. In fact, it was also the first time a tiebreaker round was played in the post-Trebek era. Beginning with this episode, Tie-breaker questions are now in subtitles like the Final Jeopardy! clue.
      • On the January 28, 2021 episode, Brian Chang was defeated by last season's 4-day champion Zach Newkirk, who was ultimately defeated on the February 1, 2021 episode. It marked the third instance to feature returning co-champions as a rare occurrence only, after the co-champion rule was disestablished in early Season 31, now only applying to champions who were previously unable to return.

February 2021[]

  • After February 12, 2021, there were no 5-time champ in 100 regular games. Also, during 37 games, there was not even a 3-time champ, and in the 88 games, there was no 4-time champion.
  • From February 22-March 5, 2021, executive producer Mike Richards served as interim host. Richards is only interim host to be introduced as "The executive producer of Jeopardy!" instead of the "The guest host of Jeopardy!".

March 2021[]

  • From the March 8, 2021 episode to the season finale, Jeopardy! matches the total won by the contestants and donates it to a charity of each interim host's or hostess's choice, during their respective episodes.
    • From March 8-19, 2021, journalist and author Katie Couric served as interim hostess and raised $230,504 for the Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team from Stand Up to Cancer.
    • From March 22-April 2, 2021, The Doctor Oz Show host and 2012 Jeopardy! Power Players contestant Dr. Mehmet Oz served as interim host and raised $268,701 for HealthCorps, Inc.

April 2021[]

  • From April 5-16, 2021, Green Bay Packers quarterback and 2015 Celebrity Jeopardy! winner Aaron Rodgers served as interim host and raised $236,725 for North Valley Community Foundation.
  • From April 19-30, 2021, Anderson Cooper 360° anchor, 2010 Celebrity Jeopardy! contestant, and 2004 and 2012 Jeopardy! Power Players winner Anderson Cooper served as interim host and raised $118,000 for Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti and $138,197 for Justice Defenders, with a total of $256,197.
    • On the April 20, 2021 episode, Jeopardy! does not air due to current president Joe Biden's speech regarding the George Floyd verdict.

May 2021[]

  • On the May 3-14, 2021 episodes, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker served as interim host and raised $257,998 for Media Fellowship House.
  • From May 17-28, 2021, the Tournament of Champions is held and hosted by former Jeopardy! contestant and 2017 Tournament of Champions champion Buzzy Cohen, with the $250,000 grand prize was matched and donated to the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission Trebek Center for the Homeless. This was the first time since 2010 that the Tournament of Champions is held in the month of May, the first since 2013 to not be held in November, and the first post-Trebek tournament.
    • Sam Kavanaugh, Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, and Jennifer Quail made it to the finals, with Kavanaugh winning the tournament and the $250,000 prize, becoming the first Tournament of Champions winner, following the death of Alex Trebek.
    • A tribute is also made to honor the late Brayden Smith, who tragically died February 5, 2021, exactly one month after the airdate of his last episode.
    • Like Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time competition, the final one-day total of the finals started to be displayed on the score board before the final two-day match started.
  • From May 31-June 11, 2021, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik served as interim hostess and raised $194,851 for National Alliance on Mental Illness.

June 2021[]

  • From June 14-25, 2021, NBC's Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie served as interim hostess and raised $217,985 for The Bowery Mission.
    • Starting with the June 14, 2021 episode, the GEICO logo was removed from the podiums.
  • From June 28-July 9, 2021, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta served as interim host and raised $231,059 for Odyssey Atlanta.
    • From June 28-July 7, 2021, Courtney Shah becomes a 7-day champion, accumulating $118,558 in cash winnings and becoming the first female champion who won at least five games in the post-Trebek era and the first since MacKenzie Jones from Season 36.

July 2021[]

  • From the July 12, 2021 episode to the season finale, the celebrities serve as interim host or hostess for one week only.
    • From July 12-16, 2021, Good Morning America co-anchor, This Week host, and former democratic advisor George Stephanopoulos served as interim host and raised $147,396 for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
    • From July 19-23, 2021, Good Morning America co-anchor, former ESPN SportsCenter anchor, and 1999 Celebrity Jeopardy! contestant Robin Roberts served as interim hostess and raised $164,410 for Be The Match. Roberts is the first sports anchor to serve as interim host.
      • On the July 21, 2021 episode, Matt Amodio makes his Jeopardy! debut.
    • From July 26-30, 2021, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Roots actor, former Reading Rainbow host, and 1995 Celebrity Jeopardy! winner LeVar Burton served as interim host and raised $204,800 for Reading Is Fundamental.
      • On the July 26, 2021 episode, contestant Patrick Pearce had -$7,400 at the end of the Double Jeopardy! round, setting the record for the lowest score since the March 12, 2015 episode (#7024), where contestant Stephanie Hull finished the Double Jeopardy! round with -$6,800.

August 2021[]

  • From August 2-6, 2021, co-host of CNBC’s Squawk on the Street and 2012 Jeopardy! Power Players winner David Faber served as interim host and raised $154,000 for Robin Hood Foundation.
    • On the August 4, 2021 episode, Matt Amodio set the record for the most money lost on Final Jeopardy! with $37,000.
  • From August 9-13, 2021, Fox Sports announcer and sportscaster Joe Buck served as interim host and raised $159,601 for KidSmart. Buck is the second and final sports anchor and last sports legend to serve as interim host, after Robin Roberts and Aaron Rodgers.
    • On the August 12, 2021 episode, Matt Amodio surpasses Jason Zuffranieri as the third-highest winner in regular-season play.
    • At the end of the season, Matt Amodio is an 18-day champion, accumulating $574,801 in cash winnings who carries over to the next season.

Post-season[]

  • Season 37 of Jeopardy! concluded on August 13, 2021, which marked not only the season finale, but also the last episode with the post-credits dedication to Alex Trebek, as well as the last one to use the 2008-2021 theme, and also the last one to have the promotional fee plugs shown at the conclusion of the game.
    • The guest host and hostess format also ended that day; but since Mike Richards stepped down as the new host after the first week of Season 38, Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik have been sharing hosting duties.
  • Summer repeats begin on August 16, 2021, with daytime repeats airing from September 18, 2021, to September 10, 2022, and weekend repeats airing from September 18, 2021 to September 10, 2022. However, most weekend repeats feature earlier episodes of Season 38 instead of episodes from this season.
    • Around the World with Alex re-aired from August 16, 2021, to August 27, 2021, featuring repeats of Alex's favorite traveling-themed episodes.
    • From August 30-September 10, 2021, the 2021 Tournament of Champions re-aired, guest hosted by former Jeopardy! contestant and 2017 Tournament of Champions champion Buzzy Cohen.

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