Special Photo: The Skelton family, of McDonough, will appear on “Family Feud,” with host Steve Harvey (third from left), beginning Feb. 2. The group includes (from left): Ron Skelton, Braden Skelton, Hannah Trivette, Tracy Skelton and Kim Trivette.
For the third time in two years, a Henry County family is set to appear on a popular game show, competing for money and prizes.
Like two other families in the county, the Skelton family, of McDonough, will be featured on “Family Feud,” starring Steve Harvey. Their appearance begins Feb. 2, at noon, on WPCH Peachtree TV Channel 17. The group includes Tracy Skelton, a homemaker; her son, Braden Skelton, a college student; her sister, Kim Trivette, a decorator; Skelton’s husband, Ron Skelton, a pharmacist; and her niece, Hannah Trivette, a public relations coordinator at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
The family went on the show, which was taped in the fall of 2011, playing to win prize money and a new car. “We have been watching ‘Family Feud’ for years and we love the show, so we knew we had to try out,” Tracy Skelton said.
She said the family had planned to assist in paying for a wedding in the family, if they won.
To secure their spot on the show, the Skelton family called the “Family Feud” hotline to begin the process, according to Courtney Smith, of Paul Gendreau Public Relations in Studio City, Calif.
“Filmed before a live studio audience in Atlanta, Ga., McDonough’s own Skelton family will face off with the Gallagher family from Philadelphia, Pa., for their chance to take home prizes that could reach $100,000, plus a brand-new car, not to mention some serious bragging rights.”
Two other Henry County families also were recent contestants. In May of 2011, Roger Brathwaite, of Stockbridge, brought four members of his family with him to the “Family Feud” program. Georginna Lockett, also of Stockbridge, appeared on the game show in October of 2010, according to Smith.
“The Brathwaite family appeared on May 2, 2011, and they played one game against the Reyes family, who were from Virginia Gardens, Fla.,” said Smith. “The Thomas family, with team member Georginna Lockett, appeared on Oct. 8, 2010, and they played one game against the Whittern family, who were from Harlingen, Texas.”
Smith said viewership for “Family Feud” has increased nearly 50 percent since Harvey took over hosting duties, in 2010. “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,” said Smith. “One of the original Kings of Comedy, Harvey brings his ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ brand of humor to center stage ... Families travel from all over the country to compete for big cash prizes on the set of ‘Family Feud,’ and have a great bonding experience while they’re at it.”
Smith did not reveal how the Skelton family performed on the show. “We don’t want to spoil the show for anyone,” she said.
“Family Feud” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar Mercury. Gaby Johnston is executive producer of the game show, Jim Roush is executive in charge of production and Ken Fuchs serves as its director.
To obtain an interview to appear on the game show, call (323) 762-8467.