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Posted by on Nov 12, 2011 in Uncategorized, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire | 5 comments

TV Taping Tour: Ferocia Wants To Be A Millionaire

I have mixed feelings about being in the audience for television tapings. On the one hand, it’s fun. You get to see celebrities, maybe get free stuff, and see how it all goes down on your programs. It can be very interesting! On the other hand, I don’t like A.) the way you are sometimes treated, and B.) the way some people react to being on the show. Sometimes, you get treated like cattle. You’re obviously not high on their priority list, a person to sit in a seat and watch a tv taping is a dime a dozen, and there certainly isn’t a shortage. Also, people endorse the tv crew treating you like mindless monkeys by acting like their life is going to end if they don’t get to see this show being taped! RELAX, crazy ladies!

Regardless, I signed up for about 2139487230498 tv tapings to give me something to do this fall, so there will be many a post coming up. I kicked off my 2011 Television Taping Tour with two tapings of the final episodes of this season’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, fun! I am not a huge fan of the show, but I figured what the hell!

To go see a taping you just go to the website and sign up for tickets and they email you, it couldn’t be easier. While you sign up they also ask you if anyone in your party is auditioning. What they DON’T tell you (which is why Ferocia is here darlings!!!) is that pretty much everyone gets to ‘audition’ anyway, and by audition they mean take a test. Everyone in the audience gets to take a scan tron test once everyone is seated in the studio, and it’s 30 questions that you get to answer in 10 minutes. At the end of the taping they announce who of the audience passed the test, and then those people get to interview to be on the show. Out of what I would say was well over 100 people at our taping, including my boyfriend and I, only 3 people passed the scan tron!

Anyway, so we got tickets and headed out to the west end of central park, where the ABC studios are. On the way, as usual, I was desperate to see a celebrity, and as I am in line at Starbucks getting my coffee and staring at people to spot a celeb, my boyfriend damn near walks right into Regis Philbin on the street out front. That, my friend, is why life isn’t fair.

We didn’t rush to get there, because I am always really early for tv tapings, and all it means is you wait in line the longest. We ended up getting the first set of standby tickets, but they always take stand by people, so I wasn’t worried. We were suppose to be at the studio no later than one, then go inside by 1:15, but I don’t think we made it into the ABC building until 2pm. Of course, none of the tv assistants that are corralling you outside answer any of your questions or care how long you are standing there, because again, you are the cattle! The woman behind me, the second person to get standby tickets out of more than 30, who obviously had nothing to worry about, was freaking out that her life would be over if she didn’t get inside. It’s just Meredith Viera, lady. Geeze.

Speaking of Meredith, I do like her. My family always watched the View back when she was on it, and I always watch the Today Show, so I feel like I have sort of grown up with her. She is really nice and pretty in person, but she seems like she has a bit of a sassy side to her! I liked her even more after seeing her in person. I didn’t get to meet her, but I got very close, and she was very professsional, interacted with the audience, and was friendly! Those day time tv people know what’s up! I had the same experience at the View, I really liked them and the fact that they thanked and acknowledge the audience, unlike one Tyra Banks! Hmmph.

The studio is pretty big, and it’s really fun to watch them tape!! Nothing is really different from watching it on tv than being in the audience, but it is cool to vote when they ask the audience. It really is all exactly what it looks like!!! Super fun!!



  1. You are so adventurous! Love living vicariously through you. Ah the humor of it all! I would have no patience with the crew… Moooo! ;)

    • lol glad you enjoyed it Margaret!! I always find these things interesting, so I figured I could share it with the masses!

      • Awesome post! I requested tickets for my girlfriend and I and we got them :) the only thing I am worried about is showing up too late… My ticket says: Be there at 8am but people show up early and it’s “first come first serve.”

        How early do you think we should make the trip out to New York City tomorrow?

        • Thanks for the comment! It’s a fun experience, I hope you guys have a great time! I’ve been to a few tv tapings and I usually aim for 15 minutes early. It’s first come, first serve, but I have rarely seen anyone with a ticket not get in, I just wouldn’t be late. I used to arrive obsessively early but that just means you are standing online longer. Also because it’s a big round theater, your place on line doesn’t necessarily dictate how much further or closer you’re seated.

          Hope that helps! Have fun!

          • Thank you so much for the detailed advice I wasn’t able to make the showing that I was originally referring to but I will try again soon!

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