The most recent season of Jeopardy! was one of a kind, featuring a variety of guest hosts following the passing of the program's longtime host Alex Trebek. Icons like Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings, journalist Katie Couric, and NFL player Aaron Rodgers took the host's stand while the producers decided who would take over as the permanent host of the show.
But after an eventful season (and Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik securing the full-time role), fans are noticing the episodes airing aren't very challenging — because they're reruns. But why is Jeopardy! only airing reruns right now?
Why is ‘Jeopardy!’ airing reruns right now? When does the new season start?
For starters, production only recently announced who would be taking on the role of Jeopardy! host full-time, meaning filming isn't yet completed for the new season. This is likely partially why there is a delay in the new season, and why viewers are seeing old episodes in the program's usual time slot.
Season 37 of Jeopardy/ ended on Aug 13., while Season 38 is currently slated to return starting Sept. 13, giving viewers a bit of time between the two seasons. The new season will bring back Matt Amodio, who is currently on a winning streak, holding the fifth-most consecutive wins in the franchise's history.
‘Jeopardy!’ is airing two weeks of Alex's favorite "Around the World" episodes.
In the interim, though, Jeopardy! will be sharing some old favorites from Alex's time as a host in the "Around the World" celebration. These episodes were previously aired during a two-week period around the holidays; if you missed them then, now is your chance.
According to the show's website, "Alex had a lifelong interest in the world’s people, cultures, and languages, and he was the driving force in many of the categories we’re sharing in the next two weeks. 'History is the past,' he once said. 'Geography is the future.'"
Here's a look at the schedule for the week:
- Monday, Aug. 16 — "Hockey" (Original Airdate: 10/14/04)
- Tuesday, Aug. 17 — "Sesame Street" (Original Airdate: 04/4/06)
- Wednesday, Aug. 18 — "The U.S. Air Force: USO Tour to Japan" (Original Airdate: 09/27/07)
- Thursday, Aug. 19 — "Machu Picchu" (Original Airdate: 11/6/07)
- Friday, Aug. 20 — "Niagara Falls" (Original Airdate: 01/15/09)
Next week's schedule will look as follows:
- Monday, Aug. 23 — "Journey Through Israel" (Original Airdate: 11/23/09)
- Tuesday, Aug. 24 — "Galápagos Wildlife" (Original Airdate: 12/9/09)
- Wednesday, Aug. 25 — "Operatic Costumes: The Met" (Original Airdate: 11/9/11)
- Thursday, Aug. 26 — "Petra" (Original Airdate: 11/14/11)
- Friday, Aug. 27 — "National Museum of African American History and Culture" (Original Airdate: 2/6/17)
It's currently unclear what episodes will air after this celebration is over. Regardless, these episodes will definitely be a great source of entertainment as filming for the new season continues, and gives us time to welcome a new era in the Jeopardy! franchise.