UPDATE: Judith Palmer has been randomly selected to win the autographed “Hot In Cleveland” script. A big thanks goes out to all of you who participated. Keep watching as I have more signed scripts to give away.
ORIGINAL POST: Over the years, I have been in the audience for numerous tapings of television sitcoms. If you’ve never been a part of a studio audience, it’s something you should put on your bucket list.
What will make or break the experience is how quickly the filming goes. I was at a taping of “Night Court” years ago and it went so slowly they are probably still trying to finish the episode. After eight hours watching them try to get enough material to fill a 22-minute episode, I had had enough and I left.
The exact opposite happened at a taping of “The Golden Girls.” They were done in an hour.
A recent taping of the TV Land mega hit “Hot In Cleveland” didn’t go that quickly but moved at a very rapid pace. It took several hours to complete the episode, “The Undead,” that you will be able to see next year when the new season opens. The series airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on TV Land.
The extended shooting time is generally caused by scenes having to be shot several times. This could be caused by a mistake made by one of the actors or a new line written on the spot.
One big difference from other tapings was the food provided to the audience. Sandwiches were provided at the beginning and cookies were passed around later. It’s like dinner theater without the cover charge because all TV tapings are free. If you are interested in attending a taping there are several web sites that can help you.
Whether or not you make a trip to Los Angeles for a taping, you can still be connected to the show. TV Land has given me a “Hot In Cleveland” script that has been autographed by the entire cast. All you have to do is post a comment telling me which of the “Cleveland” cast matches your personality. A winner will be randomly selected from all of the comments.
I’ll give you until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 25 to post your comments. The winner will be notified on Oct. 28.
The rules and regulations are below.
Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winners will be picked at random. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, fresnobee.com and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.