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Published February 09 2013

Turnberg, cousins compete on ‘Family Feud’

ATLANTA – A family with local ties will soon be feuding on national television. But in a good way, and not with each other.

Fargo resident and former Forum columnist Michelle Turnberg and four of her cousins competed on an episode of the game show “Family Feud,” which will be broadcast at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The lead-up to their experience began when Turnberg and the cousins gathered for Easter 2012, and happened to see “Family Feud” on TV. On a whim, they decided to put together an audition tape for the show.

Though the decision to audition was somewhat spontaneous, the family had memories of watching the show when they were younger, Turnberg said.

“I think we’ve all watched it enough over the years,” she said. “That’s why it was more special, and why we actually put some effort into it.”

Just a week after they submitted the tape, the women got the call that the “Family Feud” producers wanted to have them on the show.

“When we got the call, I thought it was a prank at first,” Turnberg said.

In July, the family was flown to Atlanta, where the show is taped. The women were brought to the studio for the last day of filming for the season.

When they got there, though, they found out they weren’t actually guaranteed a spot on an episode.

“There were 10 other families there,” Turnberg recalled. “They had a rehearsal, and it was basically a tryout to see who had the most energy and looked good on camera.”

Though they were nervous the trip could be all for naught, the women gave the rehearsal their best shot. “We let it all rip and tried to be as full of energy as we could,” Turnberg said.

Then they took their seats in the audience and waited.

“They had three, maybe four games before us where we had to watch,” Turnberg said. “Then, they called us.”

As for what happens on the episode with host Steve Harvey, Turnberg and her family have been sworn to secrecy by the show’s producers.

“They were very, very strict about their policies and keeping things secret,” she said.

Turnberg, a former news anchor, is no stranger to seeing herself on a television screen. Still, she admits this will definitely be a special occasion.

“It’ll be fun to watch,” she said. “It was definitely a roller coaster.”

When to watch

Watch Michelle Turnberg and four of her cousins compete for $100,000 and a car on the “Family Feud” game show. The episode will air at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on KVRR Channel 15 (cable Channel 10).


Watch Michelle Turnberg’s cousins talk to a Twin Cities television host about the “Family Feud” experience: http://goo.gl/THHMK

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