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‘Jeopardy!’ is airing special Alex Trebek episodes for 2 weeks. Here’s what we know

The week of Jan. 4, “Jeopardy!” will air Trebek’s final five episodes.

Show host Alex Trebek talks prior to taking part in a taping of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” to celebrate the 5,000th episode of “Jeopardy!” at Radio City Music Hall, on Oct. 5, 2006, in New York. “Jeopardy!” is honoring the late Trebek by airing special episodes featuring Trebek delivering clues around the world.
Show host Alex Trebek talks prior to taking part in a taping of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” to celebrate the 5,000th episode of “Jeopardy!” at Radio City Music Hall, on Oct. 5, 2006, in New York. “Jeopardy!” is honoring the late Trebek by airing special episodes featuring Trebek delivering clues around the world.
Paul Hawthorne, Associated Press

For the next two weeks, “Jeopardy!” is paying tribute to Alex Trebek by re-broadcasting episodes of the longtime host delivering clues around the world.

  • “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,” “Jeopardy!” recently released in a statement. “‘History is the past,’ he once said. ‘Geography is the future.’”

Here’s a rundown of the next 10 episodes airing during the typical “Jeopardy!” slot, according to the official “Jeopardy!” website:

Week 1: Dec. 21-25

  • Dec. 21 — Hockey (first aired Oct. 14, 2004)
  • Dec. 22 — “Sesame Street” (first aired April 4, 2006)
  • Dec. 23 — The U.S. Air Force: USO Tour to Japan (first aired Sept. 27, 2007)
  • Dec. 24 — Machu Picchu (first aired Nov. 6, 2007)
  • Dec. 25 — Niagara Falls (first aired Jan. 15, 2009)

Week 2: Dec. 28-Jan. 1

  • Dec. 28 — Journey Through Israel (first aired Nov. 23, 2009)
  • Dec. 29 — Galápagos Wildlife (first aired Dec. 9, 2009)
  • Dec. 30 — Operatic Costumes: The Met (first aired Nov. 9, 2011)
  • Dec. 31 — Petra (first aired Nov. 14, 2011)
  • Jan. 1 — National Museum of African American History and Culture (first aired Feb. 6, 2017)

The week of Jan. 4, after these 10 special episodes have aired, “Jeopardy!” will air Trebek’s final five episodes.

  • The beloved face of the quiz show continued hosting as he underwent treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer. Trebek, 80, died on Nov. 8 — a little over a week after his last day in the “Jeopardy!” studio.

Jan. 8 will mark Trebek’s last episode and the end of an era. But the show will continue on Jan. 11, with “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” champion Ken Jennings taking on the role of interim guest host. Jennings, who has been in the studio since Nov. 30, is the first in a series of guest hosts who have yet to be announced.

  • “There will only ever be one Alex Trebek, but I’m honored to be helping Jeopardy! out with this in January,” Jennings recently tweeted.
  • “Alex believed in the importance of ‘Jeopardy!’ and always said that he wanted the show to go on after him,” Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, said in a statement, according to the Deseret News. “We will honor his legacy by continuing to produce the game he loved.”