Celebrity Family Feud

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Celebrity Family Feud
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Created by FremantleMedia (based on a format created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman)
Based on Family Feud
Presented by Al Roker
Narrated by Burton Richardson
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 6
Running time 45–48 minutes
Original channel NBC
Original run June 24, 2008 (2008-06-24) – July 29, 2008 (2008-07-29)
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Celebrity Family Feud is a spin-off game show created by NBC, and hosted by television weather anchor Al Roker. The announcer was Burton Richardson. Celebrity Family Feud pitted two families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people. This version, which was a spin-off of the original Family Feud, featured celebrity families instead of regular families, and was a revival of the primetime All-Star Specials featured during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

This version also featured five-player teams composed of a celebrity captain and four friends and/or relatives, with a $50,000 top prize to be donated to the charity of the winning team's choice. In addition, it debuted changes to the set and sound effects (which had debuted in 2006) of the current syndicated set, including the classic theme music ("The Feud," as heard on the Combs version from 1988–1994) as the opening/closing theme and as faceoff/commercial cues.

Roker was chosen as the host of this version because, at the time of taping, the then-host of the syndicated daytime Feud, John O'Hurley, was committed to a series on another network, which was the one-episode flop Secret Talents of the Stars on CBS. The show debuted sound effect and set changes that appeared that fall on the ensuing O'Hurley season of the syndicated version of Family Feud.

On March 13, 2009, it was confirmed that the series had been canceled and would not be returning for a second season.[1]

Differences in Game Play[edit]

Unlike the original All-Star Special format, where the winners of the two rounds played one question to determine which team makes Fast Money, there were three full matches played in the one-hour format.

In order to fit three games (two semifinals with one final match to determine which team makes Fast Money), all games followed a format that was a modified version of the 1999-2003 format, with just three rounds (two single rounds, and a triple round with the usual three-strike rule). A family must make 300 points to win the game, and as is the case with the rules from 1979 to 1984 and 1988 to 1995 and yet again since 2003, if neither family reached 300 points after the triple round, a sudden death round was played. The next members of each family would participate in a face-off where only the top answer counts. If neither player family reached 300 after the first sudden death, subsequent sudden death rounds would be played until a winner is determined.

In 2009, when the civilian show revived the Bullseye round, a similar three-round format (a single, a double, and a triple round) was played. Again, the sudden death rule applies.

In Fast Money, if one or both family members accumulated a total of 200 points or more, the family won $50,000 for their charity. If the family did not reach 200 points, $25,000 was still awarded to their charity.

Contestants, episodes and ratings[edit]

Episode # Air Date Celebrity Families Rating Share 18-49 Viewers
in millions
Weekly Rank
1 June 24, 2008 Ice-T, Joan Rivers 5.8 10 2.3/7 (#2) 8.77 (#2) #5
Raven-Symoné, Wayne Newton
2 July 1, 2008 The Girls Next Door, Vincent Pastore 4.7 9 2.0/7 (#2) 6.96 (#3) #19
Kathie Lee Gifford, Duane Chapman
3 July 8, 2008 The Office, American Gladiators 4.9 9 2.1/7 (#2) 7.49 (#3) #19
My Name Is Earl: Hickeys vs. Camdenites
4 July 15, 2008 Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy* 5.0 9 2.0/6 (#2) 7.86 (#3) #12
Vivica A. Fox, Mo'Nique
5 July 22, 2008 Kim Kardashian, Deion Sanders 4.9 9 1.8/6 (#2) 7.30 (#3) #16
Tiki Barber, Ed McMahon
6 July 29, 2008 American Chopper, Christopher Knight 4.8 8 2.0/6 (#2) 7.51 (#3) unknown
Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Cho

Bold denotes game winner.

  • Engvall stated in this episode that prior to taping, he and Larry agreed to give $50,000 to each other's charities no matter who won.

International Versions[edit]

Country Local Name Host Channel Year Aired
 Belgium Familieraad (2014) Chris Van den Durpel vtm 2014
 Germany Familien-Duell - Prominenten-Special Daniel Hartwich RTL 2013
 United Kingdom All Star Family Fortunes Vernon Kay ITV 2006–present


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