As Silver Creek teacher Kristen Kline completes her first year in the district, her students, colleagues, and all of America will soon be able to see her in a whole new light. On Tuesday, Kline, his mother, Mary Anne, his brother, George, and his sisters, Courtney and Kailey, will make their long-awaited debuts on “Family Quarrel.”
Kline and her family spent a few days in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2021, where they got to participate in the long-running game show. Finally, almost a year later, they will be able to see their episode shoot.
The opportunity they received came from Kline’s father, who was the one who saw the link on Facebook, where Family Feud was looking for a Buffalo family. Kline, of West Seneca, originally suspected the connection might not be real, but didn’t want to pass up the opportunity if it was in fact real.
“He sent me and my siblings the link saying they were looking for Buffalo families,” Kline said. “At first I thought it was a scam, but we sent a video featuring and talking about ourselves.”
Although they didn’t want to get their hopes up, a few weeks later Kline and her family were contacted and a Zoom interview was scheduled where they played the show and asked questions. Kline’s mother decorated their living room with Bills and Sabers apparel to show their Buffalo spirit, and they were told they would be contacted if needed for filming. And a few weeks later, the call came.
“We didn’t want to hope, but we thought it would be upsetting if we didn’t get the call,” Kline said. “In June we got the call from the producers that they wanted us to come over and film the episode. It was unreal and it still doesn’t feel real. It was the craziest experience ever. .
Kline and his entire family were flown to Atlanta for a few days, where they were able to visit several different studios and interact with different families from different cities across the country who were also on the show. While at first she said it was intimidating to see families competing, interacting with people was one of the most enjoyable parts of the experience.
“The first few days we walked around town and went to the aquarium and walked around the hotel and saw all the families.” Kline said. “Once you know the families, it’s super cool. We had a lot of free time and we talked to people from out of town. People encouraged and supported each other.
Because their filming process took place last year, no audience or family members were allowed to attend, with paid actors serving as the audience. And each time they stopped filming; they were required to put on masks. While tedious, being on stage and seeing current host Steve Harvey walk out put all the nerves and adversity to rest.
“When you’re on stage, it doesn’t seem real” Kline said. “When Steve (Harvey) comes out the nerves kick in, but once he starts talking it calms you down. It was cool talking to him. Honestly, it was an out of body experience.
Kline also had a special surprise the morning of the show’s filming, as it was the day she officially accepted her role as a second-grade teacher at Silver Creek.
“The day I found out I got a job at Silver Creek is the day we filmed this episode,” Kline said. “I spoke to the superintendent and director that morning, and during one of our filming breaks, I had to call Todd Crandall to talk to him about getting the job.”
Although having to wait almost a year for the episode to air was a test of patience, Kline said it was nice to watch the episodes featuring the families they were there with. Although they didn’t keep in touch with the families, watching them now brought back memories.
To find out how Kline and her family are doing on Tuesday night, tune into WUTV in Buffalo at 7:30 p.m.