September 22nd, 2012
12:27 PM ET
It's been quite the year for Todd Newton.
His memoir, "Life in the Bonus Round," was released in July. He's currently on tour hosting "The Price is Right Live," a stage show based on the iconic CBS series. And he won his first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for his work on The Hub's "Family Game Night."
"I'm still on an incredible high," Newton says about his Emmy win. "When you stand up there and give your acceptance speech, I just started to feel that culmination of 20 years in television and the many people who made that reality for me."
Not one to rest on his laurels, Newton is back at the helm of "Family Game Night," which begins its third season September 23. Fans should expect a few new tricks for the show, including the way contestants are picked. Previously, two families of four competed to win prizes. Now, up to eight families are chosen from the studio audience per episode.
"We have families visiting California and making us part of their vacation plans," Newton notes. "We wanted them to be part of the on-stage experience, and the look of surprise from them when they're picked is priceless."
"Family Game Night" will again have contestants competing in larger-than-life variations of classic Hasbro games, including Connect Four, Sorry! and Operation. The show will also debut its own take on Battleship, where contestants try to sink their opponent's ships by picking out coordinates and hitting the launch pad.
The father of two also takes pride in the fact that "Family Game Night" is a show that parents and children can watch together. "To be a father and host," Newton said, "'Family Game Night' is a perfect marriage."
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