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OFFBEAT: Homewood Barrett Family competing for prizes on 'Family Feud' Monday

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-03-01T00:00:00Z 2014-02-28T16:53:08Z OFFBEAT: Homewood Barrett Family competing for prizes on 'Family Feud' MondayBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Last year, we lost game show host legend Richard Dawson, who died in June at age 79.

The original host of the game show "Family Feud," known for his ever-present carnation in his lapel and a kissing reign on the show from 1976 to 1986, is a hard act to follow.

But the "Family Feud" tradition continues in his memory and has remained a ratings wonder lasting longer than the long list of hosts who have tried to fill Dawson's shoes over the decades.

Having most recent success as host of the syndicated "Family Feud" is comedian Steve Harvey, who performed a sold-out show last year at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.

According to the game show's publicist Megan Barker, since Harvey took over as host of the show a year ago, viewership has increased nearly 50 percent overall. (Harvey replaced NBC "Today" show weatherman Al Roker as the show's host.)

Harvey, tagged as "the host of America's favorite family competition," recently got visitors from Northwest Indiana, and met a family ready to bring plenty of winnings back to the region.

Filmed before a live studio audience in Atlanta, Ga., the Homewood, Ill. Barrett Family will face off against the Reischel Family from Appleton, Wisc., for the chance to take home prizes that could reach $100,000 plus a brand-new car, not to mention some serious bragging rights.

The taped episode airs at 5 p.m. Monday on WPWR Channel 50.

The Barrett Family, which includes T.L., a pastor; daughter-in-law Autumn, a business owner; daughter Kisha, an entrepreneur and stay-at-home mom; daughter-in-law Heather, an operations manager; and son T.L., an account manager, will be playing for big prize money on their favorite game show.

"I've been married for about four years now and I thought trying out for 'Family Feud' would be a great way to spend time with my husband's family," said Autumn.

"My husband's family founded the KLEO Community Family Life Center in honor of their daughter. So if we win, I want to make a contribution for the work that they do."

This season, which kicked off in September, marks the show's 14th season in national syndication. It recently began taping shows in Atlanta, moving from the previous location at Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Fla. Harvey "brings down the house" five days a week as he puts contestants on the spot and mines laughter from the crowd with every remark, gesture and eye roll he makes.

"Family Feud" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar Mercury. Gaby Johnston is executive producer; Jim Roush is executive in charge of production; Ken Fuchs is director.

To secure their spot on the show, the Barrett Family called the "Family Feud Hotline" to begin the process. Other contestant hopefuls also can call the show's hotline at (323) 762-8467 for an interview. Good luck to all!

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at philip.potempa@nwi.com or (219) 852-4327.

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