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It's Back to Business for Family Feud on August 4

Marion Charatan

Posted on August 2, 2020 00:26

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The popular game show, hosted by the inimitable Steve Harvey, resumes taping this Wednesday, with a limited crew and no live audience. The first show of the new season will air on September 14.

One of my all-time favorite TV shows for pure escapism is "Family Feud." The show was created by the iconic Mark Goodson, also responsible for "Password and What's My Line." Goodson's idea was to pit two families against each other and have them guess the most popular answers to questions from an audience poll. The questions are simple and the first family to get 300 points wins.

The program debuted on June 12, 1976, with the late great British comedian Richard Dawson. You can see him host the first show aired with the Moseley and Abramowitz families and get your daily dose of nostalgia.

Dawson hosted from 1976-1985 and returned from 1994-1995. Other hosts were Ray Combs (1988–1994), Louie Anderson (1999–2002), Richard Karn (2002–2006), John O'Hurley (2006–2010) and currently Steve Harvey, who took over in 2010.

Harvey is arguably the most successful emcee of the long-running game show. His humor and impeccable sense of timing are refreshing. Harvey's website describes him as "America's favorite entertainer."

The 63-year-old veteran comedian has tapped into every aspect of show business. He is a best-selling author, award-winning TV and radio host and an astute businessman, even owning a clothing line.

We all know Harvey from multi-platforms that include "The Steve Harvey Show," his popular sitcom (1996-2002), "Celebrity Family Feud," the "Miss Universe" competition (host since 2015) and "Little Big Shots" along with his radio show The Steve Harvey Morning Show on Premiere Networks. Harvey's awards include six Daytime Emmys, two Marconi Awards and 14 NAACP Image Awards in varied categories.

It might have come as a surprise that the self-effacing likable guy with the million-dollar smile, signature bald head and impressive black mustache had his talk show canceled after just two seasons. NBC blindsided Harvey by unceremoniously telling him he was being replaced by the talented singer Kelly Clarkson, a newcomer to talk. That gamble paid off because ratings soared for Clarkson, who recently won a Daytime Emmy for best talk show host.

But you can't take away Harvey's gift for hosting Family Feud. He banters, pokes fun at contestants and has a universal charm about him. In fact, Family Feud is now airing an African version Harvey calls "a lifetime dream of his."

Family Feud airs in 50 markets. In mid-July, a rebroadcast of Celebrity Family Feud, with NFL players, grabbed the highest ratings in the 18-49 age group with over 5 million viewers. Even Kanye West is a fan. He appeared with his wife Kim Kardashian West on an episode that proved to be a big fan favorite.

When taping resumes in Atlanta, as COVID-19 is still in full swing, the production will have a skeleton crew with no live audience. The crew will wear masks and get temperature checks. No in-person auditions will be held — but if you think your family has what it takes, apply to be contestants online at https://www.familyfeud.com/audition/.

Marion Charatan

Posted on August 2, 2020 00:26

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