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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

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 26, 2002 -- 10:23:14 am
I haven't gotten to watch Jeopardy! in a while. The one time recently I got to watch, they were doing the college thing and I usually don't watch that. The new set sounds scary.

If Alex would grow the moustache back, I'd at least feel a LITTLE better.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday November 26, 2002 -- 1:46:29 pm
I happened to catch Jeopardy last night and saw the debut of the new set myself. I thought the set looked like something you would find in Cosmo Kramers apartment, and or David Copperfields.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday November 26, 2002 -- 6:03:51 pm
Trebek needs a Hitler moustache to get my attention

FROM: Wheel Watcher
DATE: Saturday November 22, 2003 -- 12:02:59 pm
If you haven't done so already, you should write an article for this site about Wheel Of Fortune's new set: the new total displays contain WAAAAY too many unnecessary graphics (white on yellow? BANKRUPT graphics? YUCK!), the wheel (which is STILL divided into 24 parts instead of 36... read on) and the puzzle board are both outlined (this isn't the year 7990), and the puzzle board (which should be 15-15-15-15 instead of 12-14-14-12) is comprised of a bunch of small screens instead of four-sided flippy-boxes (part of the charm of the pre-1997 set). They should get rid of the stupid toss-up puzzles, theme weeks, the mystery round, music cues for speed-up rounds and bonus puzzles, and the 7650%-pointless video wall behind the contestants; and bring back returning champions, the surprise wedge, the ever-popular white-on-black egg-crate total displays, and a REAL Free Spin wedge (see below).

Starting with $5000 and going clockwise, the 36 (not 24) spots on the wheel should be as follows: $5000, $500, Lose A Turn, $800, $350, $700, $1000, $550, $7650, $900, $600, $300, $850, $500, $400, $800, $1500, BANKRUPT, $10000 (as a REGULAR dollar amount!), BANKRUPT, $450, $900, $2500, $700, $1000, $500, $950, $3500, Free Spin (a REAL Free Spin spot, not one disguised as a dollar amount), $400, $650, $300, $1250, $900, $600, $750. With this set-up, if you land on Free Spin, you automatically receive a free-spin (up to a maximum of three: if you land on Free Spin ). This way, there will be NINE free-spins up for grabs (three blue, three red, three yellow) and not the one (or two, at the most) that have been used in recent years.

FROM: Frank Pedraza
DATE: Sunday December 21, 2003 -- 2:25:11 pm
I think that the current Wheel of Fortune set is better than the previous ones because it adds a lot of pizazz to the show. I hope it gets better and better in the future.

FROM: Cody Finke [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 21, 2004 -- 4:13:35 pm
On season 21 of "Wheel of Fortune", i saw the new "neon" set, that changed color every day. The new "neon" set is more tolerable, that day after day they "change color".

FROM: Drew
DATE: Saturday April 2, 2005 -- 1:47:47 pm
I agree with the poster of this new J! set. When i saw that new set, I was angered. I agree with the dude on the Jump the shark page. The classic letters are out, and the podiums are pyramid shaped, not mini tv looks. If there was one era i liked to see, it would be the 80's, or more toward late 86-mid 91. That set was the best with the letters and the flashing bar being yellow. The theme is the best with the opening theme and that ball with the title. I also liked the old think theme with the flute at the end. I tried downloading it, but kept getting denied or being shoved with a new page. Todays think theme is too techno like and the main one is too fast to dance with. During summer reruns, they must bring the 80's episodes back. I miss them. All i'm currently seeing are clips and comedies that are taped on the 80's set.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday April 2, 2005 -- 5:08:40 pm
the main one is too fast to dance with

Who dances to the Jeopardy theme?!

FROM: Drew
DATE: Saturday April 2, 2005 -- 6:58:09 pm
Ryan, sorry to confuse everyone, but the theme today is nothing compared to the 80's where there is the electronic opening which was 34 seconds long. Today's song as well as the '98 one cuts right to the actual part of the theme. I should be a lot clearer to everybody on the board.

FROM: Mike
DATE: Monday April 4, 2005 -- 6:34:44 pm
I Agree with Wheel watcher. Today's wheel and board feels like the year 8123, not 2005 or 1983. I want to see more letter turning, not touching, which tells me, we don't need Vanna. The Diamond background should stay. And hey, Bring the shopping era back!!

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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