Production on Jeopardy! is still shuttered due to COVID-19. But soon fans will get to watch some of the best, and most famous, episodes in Jeopardy! history. The iconic game show is digging deep into its vault for four weeks of classic episodes. And that will include the first time legendary host and international treasure Alex Trebek hosted.
Jeopardy! has announced (in news we first heard about at Variety) that beginning on Monday, July 20, it will rebroadcast 20 episodes from the show’s 36 seasons. Some have not been seen since they originally aired.
“Our producers combed through 8,000 episodes and have selected 20 shows that highlight key moments, contestants and gameplay over the course of 36 seasons, many of which have not been aired since their original broadcast. These shows also include several milestones, some headline-grabbing moments and – from the days before viral videos – some rare scenarios that had fans buzzing around water coolers across the country.”
The beloved host, rocking some quarantine facial hair, shared the news in a promo. He also offered an update on his health.
Here's a summer update from Alex! ☀️ pic.twitter.com/6oKJ5aSCU7— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) July 16, 2020
Each week of old episodes will follow a specific theme. In addition to Trebek’s first time hosting, the four-week event will feature infamous moments, the show’s best champions from when winners were limited to a maximum of five episodes, and lots of celebrities. (Real ones. Not the old SNL parodies.) The lineup includes:
JULY 20-24: Best of Jeopardy!’s First Decade
Mon., July 20 – First Jeopardy! Episode
Tue., July 21 – First Jeopardy! Surprise Ending
Wed., July 22 – First Super Champion: Chuck Forrest
Thu., July 23 – First $100,000 Champion: Frank Spangenberg
Fri., July 24 – First Big Tournament Final: 10th Anniversary
JULY 27-31: Best of Celebrity Jeopardy!
Mon., July 27 – Carol Burnett, Regis Philbin, Donna Mills
Tue., July 28 – Jodie Foster, Nathan Lane, Harry Connick Jr.
Wed., July 29 – Jeff Probst, Charles Barkley, Martha Stewart
Thu., July 30 – Wayne Brady, Dana Delany, Eric Idle
Fri., July 31 – Michael McKean, Cheech Marin, Jane Curtin
AUGUST 3-7 – Million Dollar Masters Quarterfinals
AUGUST 10-12 – Million Dollar Masters Semifinals
AUGUST 13-14 – Million Dollar Masters Finals
Hopefully, they’ll also include lots of old promos. And we mean even beyond these four weeks. It will be a lot easier to survive without new episodes if Jeopardy! if reruns include classic commercials like this.
We can’t wait to see his first episode. But we don’t need to watch it to know Alex Trebek is the best and has been since day one.
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