With two Emmys already in the bag this year, “Jeopardy!” can now add a third to the list: Oustanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Special.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the awards on Sunday. The one-time tournament “Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time” snagged this most recent win, though it technically tied with the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards. It was the only tie out of all the fiction and lifestyle awards.
“Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time” premiered in January 2020 and featured “Jeopardy!” legends Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Brad Rutter. The three trivia superstars competed for a single one million dollar prize, which Jennings eventually took home.
Last month, “Jeopardy!” also won Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host. For the first time in 37 years, late host Alex Trebek wasn’t there to accept the awards on behalf of the quiz show. Executive producer Mike Richards accepted the first award with a special message for Trebek, while the late host’s two children accepted his posthumous award along with a message of their own.
“I want to dedicate this award to Alex Trebek. We’ve heard from so many of you since he passed and we know how much he meant to you. He meant the world to us as well. He was more than just a game show host … was a legend, a towering figure, and he believed that ‘Jeopardy!’ was more than just a game show. He loved it because it stood for facts, competition, and the celebration of intelligence,” Richards said in a video from “Jeopardy!”
After thanking the cast and crew of “Jeopardy!” as well as Sony and its affiliated companies, Richards ended the video by saying, “This is for Alex.” Check out his full video below:
Late ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek’s Kids Accept Award On His Behalf
In a separate “Jeopardy!” video, Alex Trebek’s two children, Emily and Matt, accepted the Outstanding Game Show Host award for him.
Matt started off by saying, “We are so honored to accept this award on behalf of our dad. For as long as we can remember, he was always so proud to be a part of ‘Jeopardy!’ To work on a show that was based on knowledge, risk, and the challenge people had to think. He loved every bit of it.”
Emily followed up with, “Over the past 37 years, the show became his second family. He was always excited to go to work even during his battle with cancer. He was so fortunate that he was able to do what he loved. And we know he not once took it for granted.
“So on behalf of our family, we thank you so much,” Emily finished.
You can see their full video below as well: