Dr. Oz is finishing up his two-week stint as the guest host on “Jeopardy!” this week, but he’s not leaving before having a little bit of fun. He got permission to head back into the “library” at the studio where all the clues for the show are written.
The TV personality posted footage of his visit to Instagram, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at where the show is made.
“Ever wonder how the @jeopardy clues come to fruition? This is where the magic happens (aka where the writers come together).”
The video shows an excited Dr. Oz sneaking into a hallway that leads to the writers room.
“They’re letting me in,” he says in the video. “There it is! There’s the library.”
We can’t really blame him for his excitement. Getting a look at the development process for the clues used on “Jeopardy!” is a rare treat for casual and die-hard fans alike.
“This is the coolest part of the whole thing. This is where they write all these clues,” Oz says as he walks down the hallway.
He’s holding a bunch of documents that appear to be blueprints for the categories and clues that will appear on the show.
Finally, a triumphant Dr. Oz throws his hands up in glee before setting his bag down.
“First one here,” he brags jokingly.
How The Writers Develop Clues For “Jeopardy!”
Dr. Oz’s sneak-peek provides a fascinating look at where it all goes down. But how do the writers actually come up with clues for the show?
Well, in a 2017 interview with then-head “Jeopardy!” writer Billy Wisse, Vulture got some pretty cool insight into the process.
Wisse laid out a seven-stop process that goes a little something like this:
First, a writer chooses a category. It can be anything that strikes their fancy. Then, they write seven clues for submission to Wisse. Next, Wisse gives them a pass and sends them off to the researchers. The researchers make sure all of the information is accurate and that there can only be one right response for each clue. Then they send the clues back to Wisse, who picks the best ones from each category and puts the game together.
Finally, the whole group goes over everything to catch any mistakes. Then an executive producer and the host of the show come in to go over it all.
Head-writer Billy Wisse also talked about “Final Jeopardy” in the 2017 interview.
“We have a separate meeting to go over Final Jeopardy questions. Every few weeks, everyone will bring in their ‘finals’ and we’ll read and critique them. The first thing is to make sure at least one of the other writers can answer it. If that doesn’t happen, then it’s too hard.”