Grant Denyer will return to host Family Feud for a new 10-episode run. Picture: Mark Stewart
Grant Denyer will return to host Family Feud for a new 10-episode run. Picture: Mark Stewart

Ten confirms show’s surprise comeback

Almost two years to the day after it was axed, Network Ten has confirmed Family Feud is returning to our screens.

Popular presenter Grant Denyer will reprise his role as host, but the show is now being billed as a 10-episode "special prime-time television event".

This time around, Family Feud will be dedicated to celebrating frontline, emergency and healthcare workers - offering them the opportunity to win $100,000 in prize money.

"The Feud's back, baby," Denyer said in a statement from Ten on Friday.

"I can't wait to run amok with more nervous and excited Australian families, to have lots of laughs, forget our troubles and have a damn good time giving away record amounts of cash. It's the same great game show, for an even greater cause - celebrating the families and workers on the frontline of COVID-19. Bring it on."

The statement from Ten said "devastating" events of the past few months have provided a great reason to revive Family Feud.

"From devastating bushfires to a global pandemic, Australians have taken a battering, so what better way to show our appreciation to our heroic frontline workers than by asking them: 'Name the first thing you would do if you won $100,000?'"

The show will begin filming in July and air later this year.

Family Feud will return for 10 episodes.
Family Feud will return for 10 episodes.


During its previous four-year run, Family Feud aired nightly at 6pm, until it was "rested" amid dismal ratings (around 213,000 metro viewers).

In May 2018, Denyer confirmed news filming was coming to an end on his former 2DayFM radio show Em, Grant & Ed.

"It's obviously been a huge success for myself and for Ten for four years," Denyer said. "We only thought we'd get two years out of it so it was really lovely to stretch it to four."

At the time it wrapped up, Denyer had hosted 1200 episodes of Family Feud, and suggested one of the reasons it had come to an end was because Channel 10 thrashed the show.

"We're probably guilty, if anything, of driving it into the ground a little bit too early," he said on radio.

"Six days a week, twice a day, plus All Star episodes, we might have squeezed that lemon a little bit too much."

 

Originally published as Ten confirms show's surprise comeback


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