Saturday, January 30, 2010

Online Pick of the Week (1/29): Jeopardy! (1978 Revival)

It’s not often talked about and has pretty much never been mentioned or aired again on television since its original showing, but between the era of the original version of Jeopardy! (1964-75) and the current one (1984-present), there was a short-lived attempt at a revival, often referred to as The All-New Jeopardy! which aired on NBC from 1978-79.

The original emcee Art Fleming was still there, but what stands out the most as different in this version besides the new set and theme song is the format change. This version had the two lowest scoring contestants eliminated over the course of the two rounds, and there was no Final Jeopardy! to be had. But instead, a round called Super Jeopardy! where the winning contestant had to face the big board alone and get five answers right in a row, 3 strikes, and they’re out. Not a bad twist, but I prefer the traditional game that we all know and have become accustomed to.

The premiere and finale of this show have made their way around video collectors, but this is a fresh episode not often seen, and includes both the opening and closing segments! The All-New Jeopardy!, my online pick of the week!

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