Ringing in Summer with Celebrity Family Feud
*As a guest of Disney and ABC I attended a taping of Celebrity Family Feud on June 7th. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.*
Today marks the first day of summer and what better way to celebrate than by watching two families spar off against each other in the classic game show “Family Feud,” which has become one of television’s most popular and enduring game show formats. I’ve been watching since I was a little girl, so when I found out we were going to get to see a taping of the show, I was beyond excited. What makes this extra special is that this is a new primetime celebrity version called “Celebrity Family Feud“ that will take the fun to a whole new level with the six-episode special series. Steve Harvey, the highly popular actor, author, deejay and Emmy Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people. It is set to air tonight (Sunday, June 21st) at 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT on the ABC Television Network.
What I love most about this new version is that Celebrities and their families will be coming together play to win some cash for their favorite charity. A total of twelve families will be squaring off to take home the prize for the charity of their choice. The schedule is full of fan favorites, so be prepared for a fun-filled, hilarious, six weeks of entertainment. Families include, Mario Lopez (Saved by the Bell), Vicky Lawrence (Mama’s Family), Dr. Phil, The Robertson Family (Duck Dynasty) and many more you are sure to love.
Steve Harvey Photo Credit: ABC/Adam Taylor
“Anthony Anderson vs Toni Braxton and Monica Potter vs Curtis Stone” –will kick off the series premiere of “Celebrity Family Feud.” First off we will see Actor Anthony Anderson’s (“black-ish”) family vs. 7-time Grammy Award-winning artist Toni Braxton and her sisters; and then in a separate game we will see family members from Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone and actress Monica Potter. Contestants will go up against each other for victory.
Steve Harvey, Curtis Stone, Lindsay Price Stone, Bill Price, Diane Price, Bryan Price Photo Credit: ABC/Adam Taylor
My Live Taping Experience:
Photo Credit: ABC/Adam Taylor
The episode that I had the pleasure to watch being filmed was Vicki Lawrence vs. Ed Asner. Once we arrived at the studio, they had us walk around to the back side of the building where we went through security and were then ushered to our seats. As we entered the building to take our seats in the audience, you could feel the energy in the room, with the upbeat, energetic music to get everyone going and ready for all the fun the show was to bring. A host was leading the audience and getting everyone up and out of their seats dancing and clapping along to the music. After all the dancing, moving and grooving to the music, it was time for the show to start. Steve Harvey made his appearance and we all clapped and cheered. Each celebrity family was introduced and told us the charity they were playing for. The contestants were awesome, the categories and the answers were hilarious. A good time was had by all. A week or so before we came to the taping, we were asked if we had any questions for Steve. During the breaks Steve Harvey talked with the audience and he answered many of the questions that us 25 bloggers had come up with! How awesome is that? He also told us stories about his childhood and his experiences growing up. He preached a very inspirational message to us all about hope, dreams, and to never give up. To follow those previews in our head, and to make them a feature film. I might not be able to tell you who won the show that I saw, but I can tell you this. Tune in. WATCH IT! 😛 I do not yet know the exact airdate of the the episode I was present for, but I’ll be sure to update everyone when there is a confirmed date. After the taping, we were in for a special treat! We were told that we could go up on stage and take photos!
On the stage there was so much to take in, and only a few minutes to try to capture it all and enjoy it. Luckily we were able to get a few quick shots at the buzzer and where the contestants get to play the game. I’m on team Kathy, Gayle, Erin and Stefani! What an incredible experience! Now, I want to go play for real! Maybe they can have a blogger version of the show? 😉