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Former Family Feud Host Richard Dawson Dies at 79

Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson, the British entertainer best known as the original host of Family Feud, has died, The Associated Press reports. He was 79.

Dawson died Saturday from complications related to... read more

Family Feud Renewed Through 2015

Family Feud

Family Feud has been renewed through 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The game show... read more

I saw your comments last week ...

Question: I saw your comments last week about Gameshow Marathon, which seems to appall you. As a big fan of the classic '70s and '80s game shows, I have actually found Gameshow Marathon to be a guilty pleasure. It does have a couple of major flaws, but if tweaked a little, it could be very enjoyable summer fare. As for its faults, I think having C-list celebrities playing for charity takes any element of suspense out of it. Also, Ricki Lake is just not a good fit as the host of the games — she obviously knows her stuff, but her voice and style are just soooo annoying. But on the plus side, the faithful re-creations of the classic game-show sets are satisfying in a surreal kind of way. And I really like the concept of the tournament. This could be a fun summer show if it were played with real people (not celebrities) for their own cash and prizes, and if the games themselves had hosts who were more in the traditional host mold. Of course, most of the original hosts are no longer with ... read more

NAME SOMEONE YOU'D ACTUALLY LIKE TO SEE HOST FAMILY FEUD

Survey says... if your answer is John O'Hurley, you're in luck! The Dancing with the Stars funnyman has been picked to follow in the lip prints of Richard Dawson as emcee of the perennial game show, which is getting an extreme makeover before its fall return. The actor formerly known as J. Peterman declared in a statement that he is "excited" about the new gig, once again squashing my hopes that some celeb will someday issue a statement saying simply, "Yeah, well, y'know, it beats parking cars for a living." read more

NAME SOMEONE YOU'D LIKE TO HOST FAMILY FEUD

Survey says, if your answer is John O'Hurley, you're in luck! The Dancing with the Stars funnyman has been picked to follow in the lip prints of Richard Dawson as host of the perennial game show, which is getting an extreme makeover before its fall return. The actor formerly known as J. Peterman declared in a statement that he is "excited" about the new gig, once again squashing my hopes that some celeb someday will issue a statement saying simply, "Yeah, well, y'know, it beats parking cars for a living." read more

Who was the woman on The Gong ...

Bang a Gong: master of ceremonies Barris

Question: Who was the woman on The Gong Show panel? I think she was a singer at one time. Thank you.


Answer: I'll take a wild guess here, assume you don't have Phyllis Diller or Dr. Joyce Brothers in mind and answer with jazz singer Jaye P. Morgan, often introduced by cocreator and host Chuck Barris as "juicy." And I'm sure the lady would object to your "singer at one time" classification, since she told the Los Angeles Times in 1997 that despite her various entertainment credits (movies, TV, stage, comedy), "[W]hen I get up in the morning, I get up as a singer."

Morgan, born Mary Margaret but dubbed J.P. when she took the job of class treasurer in high school, started her entertainment education at the age of 3 or 4 in a family act and eventually worked her way up to hit records ("The Longest Walk" and "That's All I Want from You" in the mid-'50s), work in stage musicals, numer read more

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