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Ray Combs ...
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"Family Feud" was one of the most popular game shows on TV, but after nine years with Richard Dawson as host, ratings were starting to slip. In 1986, producers decided that the "Family Feud" needed a makeover, and they wanted a fresh face to breathe new life into this old favorite. "Family Feud" producer Howard Felsher remembered hearing great things about a talented young comic named Ray Combs. The late Mark Goodson chose Ray to host "The New Family Feud." It was a perfect match. Ray's down-home love for people was genuine. But pressures began to amount in 1994 as ratings on "Family Feud" began to slide following the death of Mark Goodson. Son, Jonathan Goodson and consultant Harris Kattleman decided to bring back original host Richard Dawson to try and boost ratings, but a drab set covering, low prize money and bad timeslots forced "Family Feud" back onto the shelf in 1995. Written by Kyle C. Haight <dawsonbot@hotmail.com>

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Despite the show's popularity, CBS executives believed the game show needed another "face lift". In June 1992 the program was relaunched as "Family Feud Challenge" on CBS Daytime. The show was expanded to an hour and included a "Bullseye" round. When Bullseye was added to the syndicated version it remained as a half hour show, but it was renamed "The New Family Feud". Bullseye allowed for a maximum of $10,000 on the first half hour of the CBS "Family Feud Challenge" and up to $20,000 on the second half and on the syndicated half hour "The New Family Feud". From 1988-1992 "Fast Money" was always worth $5,000 on the CBS daytime version and $10,000 on the syndicated afternoon/nighttime version. The changes to the show were not well received by viewers and producers had to rely more heavily on celebrity contestants. See more »

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Ray Combs: I've been hosting this show for six years and I think this is a damn fine way to go out. I thought I was a loser until you walked up here; you made me feel like a man.
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The Feud
(1994 Edition)
By Edd Kalehoff and Performed from 1994-1995
Original theme by Score Productions
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Not as good as the first, but not bad!
28 July 2001 | by (midwest) – See all my reviews

Being a child of the 80s, I grew up on this version and enjoyed it very much. It was a fun game and Ray was an entertaining host. Then last year I got Game Show Network, started watching Richard's version, and thought it was better. However, I still don't think this was a bad second version; Ray ranks up there with Bert Convy (on Super Password) as one of the best replacement hosts. The only thing that bugs me is that sometimes Ray gets hung up on being funny and not concentrating on the game, but it's not that annoying. You want annoying? Check out the Louie Anderson version.

This version of a truly classic game show is definitely worth watching. It's too bad Mr. Combs decided to take his own life; I've always wanted to see a hosting duel between he and Richard. Who'd win????


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