With the endless list of TV shows taping in New York City, it’s hard not to attend at least one of them. Although it may seem odd to take the time out of a vacation just to do what you did at home (i.e. watch TV), nothing beats getting to see the behind-the-scenes moments that occur only when attending tapings, giving you an inside look at all the crazy behind the scenes happenings of your favorite TV shows. If you are in the mood to visit the taping of your favorite television shows while you’re in New York, the following are considered as some of the best.
- Good Morning America (ABC)
Feeling like a bit of news and gossip this morning? Then make your way to 44th Street & Broadway, Times Square, and join George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts of the ABC show Good Morning America. Their Times Square location can be found packed with fans from Monday through Friday mornings from 7am all the way up to 9AM. To get tickets, you can visit the GMA website and just click on the ‘visit GMA’ tab.
- Late Night with Seth Meyers
Former head writer Seth Meyer, who took over as host of Late Night after the promotion of Jimmy Fallon, now hosts the show and has quite a following too. Visit Rockefeller Plaza at 50th Street & Sixth Avenue and be at the place where the greats of late night television like Conan and Letterman made millions laugh.
- The Today Show
The ground floor at the corner of 49th and Rockefeller Center is where you will find the studio of the Today Show, overlooking the famous Rockefeller Plaza. Each weekday you will find dozens of tourists and fans of the show waving banners in the hopes to get themselves on TV. Although, you will have to get there really early if you want to join the others in the front row. Fans usually gather from as early as 5 in the AM. Talk about persistence!
- Who wants to be a Millionaire?
“Who wants to be a millionaire?” is another famous TV show that attracts a fair amount of tourists and fans of the show. Those who want to be a part of the tapings need to fill out a form on the website. The only downside is that each show taping can drag on for up to three hours, so you better make sure you schedule for the day is all cleared up before you get to 30 West, 67th Street.
- The View
Winner of the Daytime Emmy Award in 2003, The View is a basically a morning chat fest that runs on ABC and features five of the most dynamic, smart and witty women on daytime TV. The program has received critical acclaim and is apparently even more interesting when you see it unfold live. Tickets for the show are usually sent to you three weeks prior to the date. But the huge demand for tickets to the show often times means people have to wait for months on end to receive their tickets in the mail. But, you should still try your luck!
- Live with Kelly and Michael
Like the View, Live with Kelly and Michael also mails tickets to you around three weeks before the show’s date. The easy way to get to the studio is by going to the corner of West 67th and Columbus Ave. Remember to arrive early because the standbys are usually seated on a first come first served basis.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
This hilariously informative show tapes every Sunday at 6:15pm at the CBS Broadcast Center on 528, W. 57th Street. John Oliver was famous while working on the Daily Show alongside the legendary Jon Stewart, but he really shot to fame with this new show, which is definitely worth the visit. You can get your tickets on lastweektickets.com, where bookings need to be made at least two weeks in advance.
- Saturday Night Live
And last but not least, SNL has enjoyed a cult following ever since its inception. It’s won countless awards (18 Emmys to be exact!) and has featured just about everyone from the entertainment industry. It’s broadcasted live from the famed Studio 8H at the Rockefeller Center.
When it comes to TV tapings, the Big Apple is really the epicenter of many world famous shows. So, all you have to do is take your pick of the crème de la crème of TV tapings in New York City.