PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

October 24, 2012

Southeast Texas airs first game show

Josh Brown
The Port Arthur News

— A new game show is sweeping the Golden Triangle.

“Family Knows Best,” which aired its first episode Oct. 20 on Fox 4, is the first televised game show with all its contestants from Southeast Texas.

The weekly show, filmed at the Compro Event Center in Beaumont, pits two families against each other in front of a live studio audience.

The families face off in three rounds involving physical competition and fast-paced trivia, and they earn points along the way.

The show’s signature segment is The Bucket List, where kids get to dump a tub of “disgusting goop” on their parent’s head after answering questions correctly.

The family with the most points at the end of the three rounds plays the Family Tree Bonus and a chance at the show’s grand prize: A weekend vacation.

Josh Yawn, the show’s creator and host, said he wanted “Family Knows Best” to have a unique format that did not compare to any other contest.

Yawn, a Lamar University graduate, worked at Nickelodeon and in reality TV for more than 10 years before coming back to Southeast Texas to create his own program.

“It was always in the back of my mind,” he said. “I wanted it to be as real as the national game shows, but more local for this area.”

Yawn got his start in the business when he was 15-years-old on “Double Dare 2000.” He then went to work behind the scenes on “You Can’t Do That On TV” after graduating high school.

Using his connections and reputation in the TV world, Yawn was able to get local businesses to sign onto the project.

“We offer a unique opportunity to businesses because we have promotions in the show,” he said. “So even if they record it and fast forward through the commercials, we still have promotions in the show.”

“Family Knows Best” has quickly developed following after just one episode, using Facebook and a website to interact with fans.

The Love family from Nederland was the yellow team on the very first episode. Jodie Love, wife and mother of two daughters, said her family “had a lot of fun.”

“Even the interview was fun,” she said. “Everybody I talked to liked it and wanted to know how to get on.”

The show is scheduled for nine more episodes this season, and they will air at noon on Saturdays on Fox 4 .

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