Monday, July 8, 2013

'Family Feud' tapings happening; plus GSN speculation

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.


  1. I've always thought about why GSN wouldn't aquire this season once it has finished, but yeah it would get cheaper later on as the new season begins in September and has aired a bunch since.

    1. A lease or the 2012-13 season would not be available until March 2014, at least for the episodes to air. That's just simply how GSN's contract with fremantle has worked for FF episodes.

      The point I'm trying to get across is that a new lease for later seasons will probably be much more expensive, since a) Ratings are up for the syndie new eps b) the GSN reruns are getting 500K+ an episode, therefore Fremantle knows GSN wil almost pay anything to have those episodes.

  2. What month and year airing O'Hurley second season on GSN?

  3. What month and year airing Karn's first season on GSN?