Rock & Roll Jeopardy! is a spin-off from the original Jeopardy! game show. This version was completely based on music and the history of it. Jeff Probst, most popular for now hosting the CBS reality series, Survivor, is the host.
August 8, 1998 - May 12, 2001
The gameplay was the same as the original Jeopardy!; the difference is that all the clues were Rock & Roll-related. Originally the game was played for points (just like in Super Jeopardy!), but by the third season it was played for dollars as well.
In the Jeopardy! Round (also known as "Rock & Roll Jeopardy!"), six categories with five answers of increasing difficulty (ranging in value from [$]100 to [$]500) were presented. There was one Daily Double hidden in one of the six categories. Unlike the regular version, there is no commercial break until after the Jeopardy! round. Jeff chats with the contestants before Double Jeopardy! (however, the regular version did do contestant interviews following the Jeopardy! round from Seasons 9-12, and has always had the first commercial break at the halfway point of the Jeopardy! round since day one).
Point/dollar values were doubled, hence the round's name "Double Jeopardy!" (also known as "Double Rock & Roll Jeopardy!") meaning that they were worth anywhere from [$]200 to [$]1,000. There were two Daily Doubles hidden somewhere on the board.
As in the regular show, the game ended with a round called "Final Jeopardy!" (also known as "Final Rock & Roll Jeopardy!"). Like the regular show, any player who finished Double Rock & Roll Jeopardy! with zero or negative score was not allowed to play Final Rock & Roll Jeopardy! A category was revealed, and the players wagered their score during the commercial break. After the last break, the clue was revealed, and players had 30 seconds (and an upbeat version of the Think! Music) to write down their response, and it has to be phrased in the form of a question. A correct response added the wager but an incorrect or improperly-phrased response (even if correct) deducted the wager. The player with the most points at the end of Final Jeopardy! won the game and received $5,000 and the other players won consolation prizes. In the third season, the winner got to keep the cash, with a house minimum of $5,000 if less was won, while the other players won consolation prizes as usual.
Steve Kaplan & Douglas Macaskill
The main cue from this show was used on promos for Jeopardy! during certain special events, until Chris Bell Music overhauled the show's music package.
Beginning in Season 20, the main cue was used on Jeopardy! during the College Championship, Kids Week, and Teen Tournaments. Several tournaments used the Think! cue from this show during the Final Jeopardy! round. In the original airing of this show, commercial cues would be heard when going into one and out of one. The cues were heard in the Jeopardy! 2000 College Championship, and the 2001 College Championship. New cues were heard starting from Season 20 that were not on the original show. Starting in Season 23, the main cue was used in the introductions. The original commercial cues of this show can be heard on the online, downloadable, and PC version of this game, low-pitched and tempo slow down. It it unknown if the original commercial cues from Rock & Roll Jeopardy! will still be used for the Teen Tournament, Kids Week, and College Championship. Unfortunately, the commercial cues and the prize cue were never shared online although the theme and Think! cue were the only ones, so if you want the full music package from this game show, you must work with Sony and send them an in-house email and ask for them or you can contact the copyright publisher to see if those cues are available.
Based on Jeopardy! by Merv Griffin
- King World didn't distribute Rock & Roll Jeopardy!. It was copyrighted to "Trackdown Productions, Inc.", and co-produced by Columbia-TriStar Television and VH1.
- This is the 2nd spinoff series.
- In early seasons, contestants played for points. But on later seasons, they played for cash.