On this slow news day let's take a look at some out-of-network news.
It's the Summer, and you know what that means with syndicated game shows: The tapings for well over a hundred episodes for each Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Family Feud.
The Steve Harvey hosted game show Family Feud is currently taping its fifteenth season for 2013-14. This is the longest running version of Family Feud ever, after Family Feud started with Richard Dawson in 1976.
With the ratings rise of three to four times over the John O'Hurley version, I'm sure the next batch of episodes will be harder to get for GSN. Previous episode leases for Richard Karn and John O'Hurley Family Feud were reportedly "fairly cheap", even though the Karn order was all four seasons at a time in 2007, then the O'Hurley order in late 2008 was the first two seasons, in 2010 the 2008-09 episodes landed on GSN and in April 2013 the final John O'Hurley season (2009-10) landed on GSN.
GSN has only acquired the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons of Steve Harvey Family Feud (in March 2012), which are the first two of a planned at least five (since Harvey's contract runs through the 2014-15 season).
I'm not sure about what everyone high up at GSN is exactly thinking about the [almost] over-success of Family Feud. Sure, the numbers are great but the leases for future seasons are simply going to cost more money. I will be very curious to see if the 2012-13 season of Family Feud will come around in March 2014 (8 months from now) on GSN, on time and cheaply.