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‘Family Feud’ features The Ellis Family Friday

After years of watching the show, Cartersville resident Pamela Ellis recently embraced the opportunity to compete on “Family Feud.”

“We are all, always have been great ‘Family Feud’ fans,” Ellis said. “Every season, they put on there [information] if your family would like to audition to try to be on the show. They give the audition date. So we did that.

“We were called to do the audition. ... So then we just waited for the phone call, because we really wanted to go on the show, as you can imagine having played it so often. We would play it among ourselves [at home]. It was just exciting to even go for the audition and to get that phone call, it was beyond exciting,” she said, referring to being notified they were going to compete on the show. “I almost ran off the road.”

On Friday, The Ellis Family episode will air at 7:30 p.m. on Atlanta’s CW-WUPA station. Joining Ellis on the team will be four of her relatives: sister, Lynette Fowler; sister, Karen Ellis-Olotu; daughter, Branden Stanberry; and nephew, Joshua Fowler.

According to an email from B|W|R Public Relations, “Since its premiere in 1976, Family Feud has remained one of television’s most popular and enduring game shows. Featuring two families who compete for cash and cars, contestants try to guess the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. As host, Harvey engages competing family members in hilarious repartee, and his honest reactions to their responses have brought a fresh sense of comedy to the show.

“Fans are invited to follow Family Feud on Twitter@FamilyFeud, on Facebook at facebook.com/familyfeud, on Instagram @FamilyFeud, on YouTube at youtube.com/familyfeud, and on the web at www.familyfeud.com, where they can answer survey questions, find out about upcoming auditions and more. Taped in front of a live audience from its home in Atlanta, Georgia, Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North America, and is distributed by Debmar-Mercury. Gaby Johnston and Jennifer Mullin are Executive Producers and Jim Roush is Executive in Charge of Production.”
After The Ellis Family team auditioned in April, the members returned in May to tape the episode.

“We had to be there at 10 after 8 that morning, and we did not get home until 10 o’clock that night,” Ellis said. “We spent all day on the set. We had a lot of down time. When you’re watching anything on TV and you have a commercial break, it takes .... 4 or 5 minutes to go through a commercial break. But in reality, we had like 20 to 30 minutes between ... commercial breaks. Then, during that time, Steve Harvey would take questions from the audience. He’d kind of play around with the contestants. Then he’d go back and refresh, and he’d come back out.

“... Being on that stage after having watched the show so many years, it was indescribable. It was just amazing to say we are actually on the ‘Family Feud’ show. It was beyond exciting. We have such great memories. We will talk about it the rest of our life.”

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