August 10th, 2014
Here’s how we created the most exciting Jeopardy! tournament in 30 seasons!
What a long, exciting ride it’s been. And we’re not just talking about our 30 years on air. As you know, the most memorable moment in the history of our show is Battle of the Decades, which brought back champions from as early as the totally righteous 1980s. But they didn’t all just aimlessly wander on set. Battle of the Decades was the brainchild of our always-thinking-about-something-awesome Executive Producer Harry Friedman. Here’s how it all went down:
Harry knew that Jeopardy!’s 30th Anniversary was drawing near, so he (along with other Producers) decided to contact every former Tournament of Champions contestant from the past 30 years to see if they’d be interested in making another appearance behind a podium. Those who expressed interest (and there was a lot of it) were asked to submit a video and a few paragraphs about why they should be brought back.
In the end, we had 15 enthusiastic contestants (14 were chosen by the Producers and one was selected by the fans) from three decades ready to send their brains into battle for the $1,000,000 grand prize. Want to see who made the cut? Check out the “Decades” mini-sites. And don’t forget to tune in to our Battle of the Decades re-play as it airs.