Bert's Family Feud

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Bert's Family Feud
Bert's Family Feud Board Game.png
Bert's Family Feud board game
Genre Game show
Created by Mark Goodson
Bill Todman
Presented by Bert Newton
Starring Mandy Ritchie
Kathryn Trapani
Narrated by Paul Khoury (2006)
Simon Diaz (2007)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 274 (Regular)
6 (Friday Night All Stars)
280 (Total)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Pope
Pam Barnes
Production location(s) Richmond, Victoria
Running time 30 minutes (Regular)
60 minutes (Friday Night All-Stars)
Production company(s) Grundy Television (2006)
FremantleMedia Australia (2007)
Release
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 13 February 2006 – 1 June 2007
Chronology
Preceded by Family Feud (1977 series)
Followed by Family Feud (2014 series)

Bert's Family Feud was an Australian game show remake based on the American show of the same name. The series was produced by Grundy Television in conjunction with FremantleMedia. It was broadcast on the Nine Network and hosted by Bert Newton. The title referres to host Bert Newton as the show intended to feature celebrities and their families as contestants.

A principal motivation for establishing the show was that the Nine Network had the highest-rating Australian television news service for many years, but has seen its viewing audience abandon the network in favour of the Seven Network's Seven News and Today Tonight. This is not only due to Seven's increasing ratings for its news programming, but also due to their highly successful game show Deal or No Deal which airs in the 5:30pm timeslot, leading into the news. Leading up to the program's February 2006 launch there was speculation that the network may delay the program until mid-year and instead show reruns of Friends in the 5:30pm timeslot. Network executives are hoping that Friends reruns will reignite the timeslot and allow Bert's Family Feud to premiere to a solid audience.

It debuted 13 February 2006. It was cancelled in 2007 due to low ratings. The final episode was taped on 23 May 2007 in the GTV studios in Melbourne and aired on 1 June 2007.[1] 274 episodes were recorded, with the Castricum family being the final contestants, winning $85,000 in total. After the demise, 'the best-of' episodes continued to air on Mondays to fulfil the show's commercial obligations.

Gameplay[edit]

The first two questions of each game were worth regular point values with the third question being worth double points. Unlike previous versions, a family who stole the points would also be credited with the "stealing" answer. If neither family reached 200 points after the third question, a sudden-death face-off would feature the top two answers on the board, each worth triple points. Starting on 3 April 2006, any one of the first three rounds hid a $500 bonus behind any one answer. All departing families received a $1,000 gift voucher.

Major/Bonus Round[edit]

One member of the winning family would answer five questions in 20 seconds. Each top answer from the first player increased the potential jackpot which started at $5,000, but could be worth $10,000 for one top answer, $15,000 for two, $25,000 for three, $50,000 for four, or $100,000 if only the first player named all five top answers. The second player must then answer the same five questions within 25 seconds. If both players scored over 200 points together, the family won the jackpot. Each family could remain for up to five nights.

Friday Night All-Stars[edit]

From 28 July to 1 September 2006, two teams of sports stars (Australian Football League vs. National Rugby League) competed for their favorite charity. Each began with a bank of $5,000 and played a game called Bullseye. The first members of each team faced off to name the most popular answer to the first question. The first player to buzz in answered the question first. The top answer added $500 to that team's Bullseye bank, otherwise the other player named a different answer. After the first question, the second players from each team faced off on the $1,000 question, the third players played the $1,500 question, and the last players played the $2,000 question. On the second All-Stars episode from 4 August 2006, the first three regular rounds scored regular values and the fourth round scored triple points. The format changed to double points in the third and fourth rounds on 11 August but reverted to the single-single-single-triple format thereafter. The highest-scoring team after four rounds won the game. In the jackpot round, one top answer from the first player increased their Bullseye bank to $15,000, two increased the jackpot to $20,000 with the rest of the aforementioned payout structure remaining the same. If the winning team failed to reach 200 points or more, they still won their Bullseye bank for their charity.

Female Models[edit]

This was the only version to feature two female models (i.e. Mandy Ritchie and Kathryn Trapani respectively) mainly known as Mandy & Kandy, which could have been inspired by the Mexican version of Family Feud mainly 100 mexicanos dijeron & ¿Qué dice la gente? respectively.

Controversy[edit]

This version has spawned controversial answers within raunchy questions such as "Name a gift that is hard to return"[2]which featured references to sex and a vibrator on the June 30, 2006 episode as one responded "Look, this is a pretty filthy answer but it's all I can think of and there are some dirty people out there in the audience so I'm going to go with vibrator" another episode that aired on June 27 has a question "Name an activity that is enjoyed by a nudist colony" in which a contestant responded to "sex". The ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) founded that "The impact of the sexual references is very mild and can be accommodated within a G (general) classification" they also found that the network has failed to respond to the complaint within 30 days but had implemented new procedures to ensure it complied with complaints-handling obligations.

Merchandise[edit]

A Board Game[edit]

A board game was released by Crown & Andrews in 2006.

DVD Game[edit]

A DVD Game was released by Imagination Entertainment in 2006.

Mobile Game[edit]

A mobile game was released by BlueSkyFrog in 2006.

Cast[edit]

  • Bert Newton - host
  • Simon Diaz - announcer (2007)
  • Paul Khoury - announcer (2006)
  • Mandy Ritchie - co-hostess known as "Mandy"
  • Kathryn Trapani - co-hostess, known as "Kandy"
  • Pete Smith - Warm Up
  • Michael Pope - Executive Producer

International broadcast[edit]

In New Zealand, the show began screening on TV2, Monday 8 January 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Casey, Marcus: Bert's Family Feud axed, The Daily Telegraph, 9 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Nine cleared over game show sex references". 4 September 2007.

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