In October 1997, Pearson television bought the rights to Family Feud. In April 1998, Feud producers started their search for a new host. Dolly Parton was considered for the hosting duties before Louie Anderson was chosen. In the fall of 1998, Pearson demanded that Louie shoot a Family Feud pilot, but Louie refused. Instead Louie came up with a plan to film him and his family playing Family Feud. That was used to sell the show and Louie was offered the hosting job for 1.5 million.
In March 2002, Tribune Entertainment acquired the syndication rights to Family Feud. But the new owners were not happy with how the show was performing, the really wanted to give the show an overhaul. In May 8th, 2002, host Louie Anderson was fired because of the show`s declining ratings and fallout from Louie`s scandal. Tribune announced Louie would be replaced by Richard Karn.
When Richard Karn took over the hosting duties, the show`s theme song briefly reverted back to the 1988 "Ray Combs era" variant theme for the remainder of the 2002-2003 season. Upon the start of the 2003-2004 season, the music switched back to the "techno" variant.
On July 9th, 1999 the show started taping at NBC studios in Burbank, California. Louie wanted to pay tribute to Richard Dawson by having him come to the studio on the first day of taping. Bob Boden, Supervising producer, tried to arrange the special on camera meeting, but Richard wasn`t interested and turned them down.
Score Productions, the music company that composed the original 1976, 1988, and 1994 theme songs, remixed the classic 1988 theme with a techno beat added in. Unfortunatley this version of the theme has never been used on air.
The new Face-Off and family podiums from the 2006-2007 season had received a make over during the season. The Family podiums got sports style score boards on the middle of them that resemble the Family Podiums update that lasted from 1992-95 on the CBS era of "Family Feud" (1988). The Face-Off podium got rid of the lights that looked like and lit up like the survey board from the Dawson and Combs eras and got new ones that are blue not lighten up and a brighter white when they are lighten up.
For the 2007-2008 season, the show adapted a more traditional logo.
For the 2006-2007 season, Family Feud has revamped the show with a new look, new host and a new set to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The set is now in a round setting complete with a more traditional game board, face-off podium, and family podium. The look the show was going for is a throwback to the Dawson and Combs eras when the families posed inside a living room setting. Looking for a host with quick wit and sophisticated style, John O`Hurley was chosen as the new host.
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