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November 26th, 2002

The New Jeopardy! Set

All I can ask about the new Jeopardy! set is, “What the hell were they thinking?”

The new set debuted yesterday, and now the show feels like a low-budget knock-off of Jeopardy!. I found myself more disinterested in providing questions than ever before. The contestants’ podiums are now smaller. The money displays are electronic instead of the old-school (but “retro”) LCD-ish displays. And the entire design of the set is, apparently, “Overrun by Wood Grain Boxes”.

But I could overlook all of this if they actually put me on the show.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

Al F. March 12, 2009, 9:22 pm

I agree. The new set is simply terrible, and it does indeed somehow discourage interest in playing along at home. Big, big mistake.

Skip October 8, 2009, 9:13 pm

Jeopardy now has a new set. It’s better than the last one, but I still think the 1991-1996 grid set was the best. And also I don’t like it how they did away with the red backgrounds for double Jeopardy and Final Jeopardy in 1997, although they brought it back for the 30 seconds of Final Jeopardy when the music plays and the set goes dark on the last set in 2002 and still have it on the present one. But it needs to be there in the whole second half of the show. The new music I don’t like as much mainly because of the key change. If it had stayed in the same key it was before, it might be better. Although, the key change isn’t that bad for the think music and I kind of like it. Just not for the main theme. I think the red, yellow, and blue shape backgrounds on Wheel of Fortune were much better than that stupid video wall. The old puzzle board was better too.

Matt January 24, 2011, 6:13 am

I’d say I too like the current Jeopardy set that debuted in Season 25 at the CES in Las Vegas and then became the primary set at the start if season 26. But I think the 1996-2002 “sushi bar” set was the best. And about the “boxed theme” set from 2002-2009, I liked the HD version the best because the outdated TV monitors were replaced by a video wall, and the contestant podiums didn’t look like pyramids. The current WoF set that debuted in 2003 received a few minor facelifts in 2007 and 2009.

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