"Family Feud" headed back to prime-time

For the first time in 25 years, Family Feud is headed to prime-time.

A celebrity edition of the syndicated game-show strip is being planned by Fremantle for NBC in prime-time, although it’s being proposed as a series of specials. If you recall, ABC aired prime-time specials in the 1970’s and 1980’s, which pitted celebrity casts of shows for charity, i.e., The Eight Is Enough cast against The Love Boat cast. Another edition pitted members of the Philadelphia Phillies against the Kansas City Royals (in 1980, when both teams met in the World Series.)

Celebrity editions also popped up in the second incarnation of the series on both the CBS daytime version (1988-93) and in syndication (1988-95).

Most recently, a special WWE edition and a special NBA edition has aired on the current syndicated version.

Feud is currently in its tenth season in syndication, and is distributed by Debmar-Mercury. The first incarnation of Feud premiered in daytime on ABC in 1976 and in first-run nighttime syndication in 1977 (first as a weekly, then a nightly strip by 1979.) Both versions lasted until 1985.