It would almost appear that Jeopardy! seems to be coming to it's end. After they go out with this Quest thingy...what next? Then again...maybe a little change wouldn't be a bad idea, change it up a bit, then go back to the way it's been played for a while.
I don't think it's coming to its end -- this isn't the first time where they've had a "super" tournament. Count the ABC network version at least a decade ago and the Million-Dollar Masters tourney, and you have two tourneys -- all before Ken.
It's a stunt and nothing more. We'll see what happens.
Sorry my memory is foggy about crappy 20 year old cartoons. From what I remember from Scott Tipton who is definitely an expert on comics in general using Herbie the Robot had very little to do with worrying about kids setting themselves on fire.