JEOPARDY!, AMERICA�S FAVORITE QUIZ SHOW, PREMIERES 21st SEASON ON SEPTEMBER 6th, 2004
Champion Ken Jennings Attempts To Extend Quiz Show Reign
(CULVER CITY, CA) September 2, 2004 - This summer, millions of Americans across the country buzzed "around the water cooler" about the TV phenomenon taking place on Jeopardy! Beginning Monday, September 6, Jeopardy!, with host Alex Trebek, will return to syndication dominance, kicking off its landmark 21st Season with all new shows and more great competition.
Ken Jennings, the amiable software engineer who caught the nation's attention with his winning streak, will return to podium #1 to defend his championship�a record-breaking 39th consecutive appearance on what critics say is "the world's toughest quiz show." By all accounts, the 30-year-old master player from Utah now holds every Jeopardy! record for winnings, including $1,321,660 carried over from last season.
Jennings, who has developed a celebrity-like following since his June 2 debut, now juggles multiple media requests with his current job developing software for CHG Companies, Inc. He has been featured on the front page of USA Today, presented the "Top Ten List" on Late Show with David Letterman, shared the couch with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show and was named "Person of the Week" by ABC World News Tonight. Easy-going Jennings says he is just as comfortable staying at home with his wife Mindy and playing with their year-and-a-half-old son Dylan and their dog Banjo.
"You never know what you'll see when watching Jeopardy!--the stakes can change dramatically in a matter of seconds," said host Alex Trebek. "Just like our viewers, I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen this season."
A Jeopardy! rule change introduced at the beginning of last season allows contestants to continue playing as long as they keep winning. Previously, champions had been limited to five wins.
For its 21st Season, Jeopardy! will continue to demonstrate the broad range of its appeal by producing a wide variety of its trademark theme week competitions. In September, Jeopardy! will air its prestigious Tournament of Champions, with some of the quiz show's top winners from the past season competing in the ultimate contest of the minds for a $250,000 jackpot. This year's College Championship will be taped at the University of Pittsburgh, where 15 students from colleges across the country will test their smarts for a $100,000 grand prize during the two-week contest, to air in November. In addition to Kids Week and the annual Teen Tournament, other special competitions will be announced throughout the season.
Jeopardy!, a winner of 24 Emmy awards since its debut in 1984, was recently listed among "The Greatest Game Shows of All Time" by TV Guide, and continues to be a ratings champion. The series is the #1-rated quiz show in syndication, and has held that title for over 1,000 weeks.
Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, and is distributed domestically by King World Productions, Inc. The series is also distributed internationally by CBS Paramount International Television.