…… that this new, cut price incarnation of Family Feud actually achieved better ratings on its second night than it did on its first. Largely because I saw it on that Monday night, and as expected, I was very much underwhelmed, and I can’t help thinking that this “roadblocking” strategy which the gang at Network Ten have used (i.e., simulcasting it on One and Eleven as well as Ten) may backfire eventually.
First of all, Grant Denyer still grates on me. He doesn’t strike me as being naturally charismatic or funny, and considering that I felt I was being spoken down to or yelled at for most of the time, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was under the influence during the taping.
Secondly, the set felt incredibly small, and the graphics used on the board and for the strikes looked cheap and choppy to me. Perhaps there was no time to do them with VizRT?
And thirdly, the show is every bit as austere in terms of cash and prizes as the last incarnation of The Price Is Right was. I know times are tough at Network Ten at the moment, and that a maximum of $50,000 and a Mitsubishi Outlander over five nights are nothing to be sneezed at, but surely raising the stakes would help to raise the ratings and prevent the show from only lasting several weeks, right?
So for me, the only redeeming features were:
1. The fact that the family won the $10,000 on offer; and
2. The addition of a second Double Points round, thus bringing the total points requirement for victory up to 300, though it may necessitate the Sudden Death/Triple Points round more often than not.
Having got all that off my chest, here’s how I’d have loved Family Feud to be revived:
1. Rename it Eamon Walford’s Family Feud, since with time and mentoring from the likes of Bert Newton and others, I reckon I could be a pretty good host;
2. Screen it at 7:30pm Weeknights on the Nine Network, so as to allow for a PG rating;
3. Have 5 people per family, keeping a potential 5-round main game in mind;
4. Offer a top nightly prize of $200,000 in the Fast Money round, depending on how many top answers the first contestant may give ($5,000 for none, $10,000 for one, $20,000 for two, $50,000 for three, $100,000 for four, and $200,000 for five, so a 5-night family could walk away with $1,000,000);
5. Offer a $1,000 Eamon’s Extra in certain game rounds; and
6. Use a theme mixing the drums of the US version with the melody of the theme from Bert’s Family Feud, because I think they’d blend rather well.