Do you love watching television? I do probably more than I should admit. You watch your favorite shows and see people clapping along in the audience. You may wonder how they get to be in the studio while you are sitting on your couch. Sure you can travel to NYC or Hollywood and go on tours. Tours that will charge you while promising a behind the scenes look and possible celebrity sightings. While those tours provide info and entertainment let me show you how you can be a part of your favorite television shows…and for free!
If you are going to be visiting Hollywood there are many studios in the area where filming takes place. Warner Bros. in neighboring Burbank is one of largest. One popular show that films at Warner Bros. is The Ellen Degeneres Show.
The Ellen Show is a very hot ticket and is often booked up months in advance. For this and many other shows you can go directly to the main website for each particular show to request tickets. For example, for The Ellen Show, you would go here.
In order to give yourself the best chance for seeing a taping, I suggest requesting a ticket as far in advance as you know your travel dates. Do not wait until you are on vacation to try and get in to see a taping. While there is a possibility you can get into some smaller shows, the chance of seeing a fan favorite at the last minute is very slim to not happening.
Once you apply for tickets if any are available you will either get a confirmation email or a phone call to confirm your attendance. For the Ellen Show, I received a phone call, but for most others, I got an email. Always make sure you follow the instructions on your confirmation email. For the studios, they often have specific parking lots for the participating audience members, as well as a certain time and place to meet.
One tip I can not stress enough is DRESS TO IMPRESS! I don’t mean go overboard by wearing your fanciest ensemble. Do be creative and stylish…after all, it is the entertainment industry. I once read that tip before going to the Ellen Show and can I tell you that my purple dress that I splurged on from Anthropologie paid off! You see some of the shows file you into the seating area elementary school auditorium style. Hurry take your seat, single file line style. The others, however, like Ellen, place you in specific seats. Looking camera ready will up your chance of getting closer to the action!
I have been to several show tapings in Hollywood and they have been so much fun! Some, though, take up so much time due to their production process. For example, I once went to a Price is Right taping. It took up over ten hours of my day. And I didn’t even get to live my lifelong dream of playing PLINKO! So while Hollywood is exciting, I much more prefer going to show tapings in New York City. Just like most things in NYC the television show productions run at a quicker pace. Therefore shows there take up much less of your precious vacation time!
One of my favorite shows to attend is Good Morning America. I have been fortunate to get to be a part of this show as an extra twice. The staff and hosts at GMA are the best! The first time Diane Sawyer was still a part of the show. She and Robin Roberts made my first trip to New York City so special, by just being wonderful people.
For shows that do not do ticketing straight through their website, many go through 1iota.com. Some of the shows that use 1iota to distribute their tickets include GMA, Live with Kelly, The Voice and the almost impossible to snag tickets to-The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Aside from places like Los Angeles and New York that are normal hotspots for filming, 1iota also often does specialty shows in other cities. For example, the Super Bowl will be here in Houston this year and 1iota is offering tickets to shows being filmed here leading up to the festivities.
One of the best parts of going to see live tapings is seeing the celebrities that are being interviewed that day! When I went to see Live with Kelly & Michael, not too long before Michael’s departure, Meryl Streep was one of the guests!
Another site that I love is On Location Vacations. This site does not offer tickets to tapings. They do, however, give daily updates on shows and movies being filmed along with addresses. Many of the locations are set on the city streets so fans can watch from a distance.
I hope these tips prove to be useful to you should you wish to be a part of your favorite television shows! Have you gone to a show taping? If so how did it go?