Using Match Game (1973) as an inspiration for a new show, Mark Goodson came up with "Fast Company". Fast Company didn't have families, a feud, or surveys but otherwise it was the same show. The show was a pitched to NBC and at the end of the run-though NBC passed on it. Mark Goodson resolved he'd make NBC regret the day they passed on "Fast Company" and took his project to the ABC network. Michael Brockman, then V.P. of Daytime programming of the ABC network, wasn't impressed, but he dealt with Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions [us] before and knew something would happen from the time he saw the show and the time it would go on the air. Goodson continued to tinker with the format, making the contestants family members and changing the name of the game to Family Feud.
Name a time that most people get up.
Contestant: In the morning.
Richard Dawson: A time most people go to bed.
Contestant: At night.
Richard Dawson: A southern state.
Contestant: North Carolina.
Richard Dawson: Something you buy in a delicatessen.
Richard Dawson: Something you put in tea.