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Season 8 (1991-1992)Edit

Season changes:

  • At the beginning of this season, Jeopardy! introduced a brand new state-of-the-art set designed by art director Ed Flesh. It consisted of a metal grid taking place on a blue background, where the Jeopardy! logo lights up in a rotation of colors, such as neutral white and red. During the Double Jeopardy! round and the Final Jeopardy! round segments, the set background changed to red, as the Jeopardy! logo lights up in a rotation of colors, such as neutral white and blue. It was used during the contestant introductions, in and out of commercial breaks, and during the closing credits. The contestant podiums had a brand new look, same with Alex Trebek's podium. On early episodes of this season, the Jeopardy! logo lights up in a rotation of colors, such as of neutral white, blue and red. The 1991-1996 set would remain in use until the November 8, 1996 episode, when the 1996-2002 set debuted.
  • This is the first season to use the 1991-1996 set.
  • Also at the beginning of this season, the 1984-1992 theme is low-pitched.
  • This is the last season to have the 1984-1992 theme, it had been used since Season 1.
  • The opening credits have changed to a new version of the Jeopardy! globe, with a marble texture, and it spins around on the game board. The whoosh sound is heard when the new Jeopardy! globe zooms out on the game board. And then, it explodes to reveal the 1991-1996 set, where contestants make their entrance. A photograph of Alex Trebek appeared on the game board after the contestant introductions, as Alex Trebek makes his entrance.
  • The game board consisted of 36 stacked up TV monitors, with the category names appearing on the top of 36 stacked up TV monitors, with various types of animation as the category names appear. On early episodes of this season, the categories popped in on the monitors; On later episodes of this season, they zoomed in from the center of each television monitor. So the contestants can see the clues more sleeker.
  • The contestant score displays are changed to an incandescent seven-segment display, so that the scores can still be seen when the lights go dark during the Final Jeopardy! segment.
  • Only in this season, the contestant podium monitors stayed blue throughout the whole show.
  • The copyright card is changed to a big yellow Jeopardy! logo featuring various backgrounds, spotlights, etc., with the copyright notice beneath the logo.
  • The whoosh sound is not heard when the dollar figures pop in on the Jeopardy! round board; the dollar figures simply pop in on the Jeopardy! round board.
  • This marks the last season to have the Daily Double clue shown in full screen. It was changed to having the Daily Double clue showing right next to the contestant's right shoulder during the 1992 Teen Tournament.
  • When the 1991-1996 set debuted, the Daily Double graphic didn't dissolve after the clue was read. It would dissolve when the camera turns to the contestants, as well as to Alex Trebek.
  • On early episodes of the season, the contestant's current cash winnings totals were shown in Korinna, and it has a star animation, the star animation was removed shortly before the 1992 Teen Tournament.
  • The winner's post-Final Jeopardy! total graphics are now in a Korinna font, but it no longer flashes.
  • Jim Scott won the Tournament of Champions.
  • In the Teen Tournament, the contestant interviews are conducted at the conclusion of the first round; it was only done for that tournament only this season. It would not become a regular practice until the following season.
  • This episode, which aired on May 18, 1992, in which, Jerome Vered made his Jeopardy! debut, and it has a full credit roll with camera shots dissolving to reveal other camera shots and the Jeopardy! logo.
  • On the May 4, 1992 episode, Chris Montplaisir became a semi-finalist winner by answering the tiebreaker clue at the end of the game in the first quarterfinal game of the College Championship when she defeated Ken Kansa and Margaret Bickers.
  • Three separate tiebreaker clues had to be played before Chris Montplaisir was declared the winner over Ken Kansa, but the first two tiebreakers were omitted from the broadcast game because neither player gave a correct response to either of them. The whole exercise turned out to be moot, because Ken's score earned him a wildcard spot into the semifinals. Neither player advanced to the finals.
  • This is the last season where Mr. Guy provided Alex Trebek's wardrobe, it had been in use since Season 1.

This season:

  • Season 8 of Jeopardy! kicks off on September 2, 1991.
  • On the May 21, 1992 episode, Jerome Vered sets a new one-day record of $34,000.
  • At this point, Jeopardy! became the most episodes of any syndicated game show.
  • Season 8 of Jeopardy! wraps up on July 18, 1992, which marks the last time, the 1984-1992 Jeopardy! theme song was used.
  • Summer reruns air from July 21-September 4, 1992. Reruns later air on weekends from 1992-1993.
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