TEN goes back to the future with Family Feud reboot
TEN turns to a recycled format and host in a move that reeks of a lack of imagination.
The revival from FremantleMedia had been rumoured as late as last year but News Corp reports TEN has signed Grant Denyer as its host.
Both are a surprising move as the network seeks to shore up its numbers against Seven and Nine news bulletins.
Family Feud has a long history on Australian television dating back to 1977, but aside from new hosts and sets has arguably remained an old-fashioned format.
Grant Denyer, who quit Million Dollar Minute citing its “gruelling” schedule is also on record as saying he never “ever wanted to be a game show host.”
Today he tells News Corp “But in my defence, I don’t see this show in the same frame as the usual game show. It’s less formal.”
If Family Feud isn’t a decidedly usual game show, I don’t know what is, Grant.
Even The Rich List managed to take the same concept of audience-survey lists and find a more contemporary way of packaging it. And that was seven years ago.
Denyer, who was last in the news over allegations of drug rehabilitation, says he is pursuing legal action against Woman’s Day magazine, and sees the new show as a “fresh start.”
But this news reeks of a lack of imagination. If this is the best TEN’s brains trust can come up with for 6:00 then it’s probably time to hoist the white flag.
Or Homer Simpson.