Jeopardy (partially found unaired pilot of NBC game show; 1964)
Jeopardy is a game show that premiered on NBC on March 30th, 1964 and ended its first run on January 3rd, 1975, it returned briefly returned on NBC October 2nd, 1978 and ended its second run on March 2nd, 1979 and returned again but in syndication on September 10th, 1984 and has been airing ever since. It was created by talk show host Merv Griffin and was hosted by Art Fleming for the NBC series' and later by Alex Trebek for the syndicated series from 1984 to 2021.
History[edit | edit source]
On March 5th, 1964 a test pilot was recorded to pitch the series to NBC. The contestants were Grace, Jerre, and Dolores (last names are unknown) and the winner of the pilot is unknown. Art Fleming hosted the pilot and Don Pardo (who also announced the first NBC series) announces the pilot as well.
Availability[edit | edit source]
The whereabouts of the pilot were unknown until the syndicated version's 4000th episode on May 15th, 2002, where Alex Trebek (the current host) described the original NBC series, and showed a 24-second snippet of the pilot, which was the beginning of the first round. In 2005, Sony released a DVD with 5 episodes of the syndicated series and the special features featured interviews with the crew, which included three more clips from the pilot. The first clip is of Art Fleming describing the show's premise, the second one is of Art Fleming walking onto the set, and the third one is of the shows logo from the intro. A brief snippet was used in a segment on game shows as part of NBC's 90th Anniversary in February 2017. The rest of the pilot remains lost. There are clips of the pilot in some of the intros of season 38 of the syndicated reboot. One example is in season 38 episode 2, two seconds in.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Paley Center page on its collection, including the Jeopardy test pilot. Retrieved 25 Mar '20