Top ten reasons why Family Feud just won't work
NAME 10 reasons why Channel Ten's re-booted Family Feud (soon, weeknights, 6pm) will not work.
And the survey says...
- Grant Denyer. Some people adore this supposedly-loveable munchkin and that's fine, but I think the majority have a built a bridge and named it Denyer. And besides, didn't he quit Million Dollar Minute saying he was exhausted, burnt out and wanting to spend more time with his family. So, who the what now?
- It's the network, stupid. Ten is in such a big hole, the only way out is to examine every programming decision with forensic precision. Get devil's advocates in the boardroom and get your programmers to justify why these new ideas will work. Were those tough discussions had? Were they convinced of its quality?
- Terrible timing. Within days of the Family Feud news emerging, the network culled 150 jobs from its newsrooms across the country.
- Replacing Brough is rough. This show is synonymous with Rob Brough. Ok, so he's been reading the local news on Seven for ages, but he is more famous for lisping, blond-curling and winking his way through innuendo-laced interactions with families on this show.
- Past its prime. This format is decidedly two decades ago. If anyone can name one studio audience game show that's done exceptionally well in the past 10 years, I'll eat my hat. What's next? Blankety Blanks? Wheel of Fortune?
- Remember Bert's Family Feud? Didn't think so. That's my point. This horrible spin-off was staged in a vain attempt to cash in on a fading star's last flicker.
- Prizes. You are competing against shows with "million dollar" in their title. What are you offering? The kitty better be fat.
- Too slow. It's 2014. Convergence of technology has put our brains into a permanent shock-state of attention overload. People cook dinner, read Tweets, scan Facebook while watching TV and talking to their kids about their homework: all at once. You think Family Feud can compete with that? What's your compelling reason to watch?
- Perfect Match. If you must apply the defibrillators, please bring back Perfect Match. Dexter could be a sass-talking iPad on legs and you could feature same-sex couples.
- Social media reaction. Just like we know politicians lie when they reckon they don't care about the polls, so too would networks be unwise not to heed trending sentiment on social media. Feedback has been overwhelmingly negative.