Television City

Andy Warhol once was created with the statement: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Living in Los Angeles, I can definitely vouch for that argument. Most of my friends have either been on television or met a celebrity, something that is absolutely unheard of in many states across this country. I have met upwards of five celebrities in the past few years and have even worked along side some. The best part of living in such a hyped up city? These experiences don’t seem like that big of a deal. Realizing that these people are as much as a human as you are cuts down on the pressure the media shoves in your face on the daily, but there are also other perks.

CBS Television City produces a ton of shows across television ranging from The Tyra Banks Show to Deal or No Deal. Created in the 1950s, this studio defines the Californian, Beverly Hills epitome of television stardom. On several occasions, I have been able to attend studio tapings of late night talk shows such as the Late Late Show with James Corden. The final cuts are created by taking multiple shots of the same fabricated scene with a ton of fake laughter. The harder you fake laugh, the better the shot. Growing up, I always assumed that the hosts wrote their own lines. This has also prove to be false. A team of writers compile a script that the hosts later act out as if it were their own; this fact completely disheartened my childhood hope for Hollywood.

2 Comments

  1. William Godbey

    Very interesting post! It definitely is an odd contrast to be able to see these celebrities as people, but also to understand that much of what you hear them say on tv or in movies is created by someone other than them. Definitely would confuse one on the authenticity of a celebrity. Either way, CBS’s Television City definitely seems like a place worth checking out. Good work!

  2. David Van

    Nice post. This actually made me post something similar about celebrities. I haven’t really met that many, so it was definitely interesting when I did. I’ve always wondered how people were able to attend tapings/screenings of TV shows/movies. What’s the secret?

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