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Logo of The New Family Challenge (1996-1997).
|Created by||Dave Thomas|
|Directed by||Bob Loudin (1995-1996)|
Bob Levy (1996-1997)
|Presented by||Ray Combs (1995-1996)|
Michael Burger (1996-1997)
|Narrated by||Gene Wood (1995-1996)|
Charlie Glaize (1996-1997)
|Theme music composer||Wendy DeAugustine|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
David M. Greenfield (1995-1996)
Richard Crystal (co-executive producer) (1996-1997)
David M. Greenfield (1995-1996)
Richard Crystal (supervising producer) (1995-1996)
Damian Sullivan (1996-1997)
|Production location(s)||Glendale Studios, Glendale, California (1995-1996)|
Universal Studios Hollywood (1996-97)
|Running time||60 minutes|
Woody Fraser Enterprises
Maple Palm Productions
|Distributor||International Family Entertainment|
|Original network||The Family Channel|
|Original release||October 2, 1995 -|
September 7, 1997
The first season was hosted by Ray Combs, with Gene Wood serving as announcer. Both had formerly served in the same respective roles for Family Feud. Combs was formerly the host of Family Feud between 1988-1994. After his release from the show, injuries, financial ruin, and the separation of his marriage took a serious toll on his personality, and Combs desperately needed money to make a living, so he decided to take the role as the host of Family Challenge in the first season. The role did not last very long as he left the show and the season wrapped in under a year. Combs died on June 2, 1996 by hanging himself in a Glendale psychiatric ward.
The second season, rechristened The New Family Challenge, was hosted by Michael Burger and announced by Charlie Glaize. The show was created by comedian Dave Thomas and Woody Fraser and was originally produced as a pilot for ABC. Thomas and Fraser were executive producers on the show for its entire run on Family Channel.
Two teams of six family members competed. Each team usually consisted of two adults and four children (commonly the parents' own children, plus nieces and/or nephews). Usually six stunts were played, and each stunt was worth a varying number of points. The stunts varied in each show; the following are a few stunts used on the show during the first season.
Both the Pie Pendulum and Pie Roulette were previously used on the Nickelodeon game show What Would You Do?, which was also created by Woody Fraser.
At the end of the final event, the team with the most points was the winner. That team won two prizes (such as a new living room group and a ceiling fan), and a trophy called "The Family Challenge Championship Cup".
Besides the new host and announcer, the show was re-titled The New Family Challenge and given a new set. It was taped at Universal Studios Hollywood. The game was played the same as before, except that only four stunts were played. Burger also played games with the audience, filling the time previously used for the fifth and sixth stunt. Each team this season had 5 players, usually 2 adults and 3 children, and the team colors changed every episode whereas in season 1 it was always red team versus blue team.
Towards the end of the run, all Friday shows consisted solely of audience participation games.
The second-season premiere was dedicated to the memory of Ray Combs, as acknowledged during the credits.