We made it!
We made it inside the studios and are waiting our turn to be a part of the studio audience of ABC’s The Chew! The ABC Studios, are located at 77 W 66th St #13, New York, NY 10023 (Manhattan!)
Denise scored us tickets…
to be a part of the studio audience a few weeks back. As it turns out, tickets for these events are readily available, well, as long as you don’t wait until the last minute that is! Who knew!
Of course, we picked one of the coldest days of our visit to get tickets, but hey, it was worth it to rub elbows with the likes of Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz, Michael Symon and executive producer of ABC’s The Chew, Gordon Elliott! (well, we didn’t actually get to rub elbows, but we were in the same room, and we got to shake hands with Chef Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly and Gordon Elliott after the show!)
We were allowed to take pictures…
before and after the show, but no cameras, phones or video recorders were allowed during the taping. Overall it was a pretty cool experience. Denise and I were placed in the front row of the studio audience, overlooking the “set.” (our episode airs on June 13, 2017).
The amount of activity on the set was nothing short of amazing.
The lighting and cameras and the energy level were so high! They have a DJ and an MCee who keep the energy levels and your blood pumping in between takes. It was all shot live, with no retakes, just roll and go!
There were short commercial breaks.
During one of the breaks Gordon Elliott, the Executive Producer came up and danced and joked around with several of the audience members sitting next to us! It really was quite cool seeing these television personalities up close and personal. They are as they seem on TV, very down to earth and personable!
Lest I forget, this event was handicap accessible!
Those of us with limited mobility were provided with special seating and other than the wait outside before the studio door opened, it was quite comfortable. I had my new “leg” and the standing outside was a bit of a discomfort but I was able to prop myself up against a wall to rest. (I’m not complaining mind you, just telling the whole story!)
Even the wait was pleasant…
well at least until those rude New Yorkers in front of us moved and stopped blocking the wind from us! LOL New Yorkers often get a bad rep but we made friends in line with so many and the time just flew by. (We waited over an hour outside.) Be sure you get there early, just because you have tickets, don’t guarantee you get a seat!
Well, that’s it for this post, I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the story. Please feel free to comment below, and as always, thank you for visiting my blog!
Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered. Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others! Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!
All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.