Set Report for Orlando “Family Feud”
If you’re a reader you inevitably know that Family Feud, the long-running syndicated game show hosted by Steve Harvey, is moving from its Los Angeles base to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. We gave you an exclusive first look at the set yesterday. That was courtesy of a reader, Brent. He was nice enough to email me a report along with some other pictures of the updated set. Here’s what he had to say. Bolded sections are things I included for clarity.
…on the TVs they play the Feud opening. After the announcer says, “with your host Steve Harvey,” the warm up guy comes on the screen to let us know Steve isn’t ready quite yet and makes a crack how he is trying on all those expensive suits and relaxing in his dressing room. Then he goes on to show us a video package of the history of the Feud including all it’s hosts and how the game is played. This is great for those who need a refresher and even for those who know the game its nice to see them show a bit of the history to those who don’t know it. Then he explains the rules for us on screen including the number one rule of having fun.
The game format is four rounds before Fast Money. The first two being single point value, then double, then triple. The music is the same as last season. There is no Bullseye (last season reintroduced the Bullseye round) or anything fancy but the rule of a family winning five games to win a car has returned. $20,000 is the top prize available each show. Also before Fast Money starts Steve seems to throw to a video shout out from a family member who couldn’t make it who wants to wish them good luck (we could not see this message itself in the audience we only saw Steve introing to it and coming back from it). Other than that it’s the same game we know & love.
Steve Harvey as a host is wonderful. As he told us during a break, his methods with comedy are that it’s based on 80% truth to get the reaction, have it relate to everyone, and that he is a straight shooter. This adds up to him mocking contestants and openly letting everyone know when someone’s answer seems to be way off base with the looks he gives and overall reaction. Then during breaks he would come and joke around with the crowd about the questions and all the answers they could have given or what answers were on the board that even surprised him. Also, he also has great interaction with the families and knew how to touch base and joke with each of their interests. So even during the breaks and mistakes time just flew by with Steve’s jokes. He only made a few small mistakes that could happen to anyone and was able to roll with anything that happened.
The new season of Family Feud will debut September 13th in national syndication.