Monday, February 8, 2010

SCBWI New York Part Three: A Taping of ABCs The View

Since the main character in my work-in-progress ends up on a couple of TV shows, I couldn't resist a fellow SCBWI Regional Advisor's invitation to join her for a taping of The View. Research, right? Okay, so I do watch Hot Topics during my lunch break--how else would I keep up on celebrity divorces?

We had to arrive two hours before the taping where we waited in line with about two hundred others. I've never seen so many people with great hair and makeup crammed into one place. Plus, we were all wearing our bright colors and uncomfortable shoes (no one ever saw my feet, but oh, well...)

See how shiny and clean everyone looks? I was a little surprised that ABC couldn't spring for a bigger TV in their waiting area.
Around 10:30 a.m. the perky staff began taking us in small groups to the elevator. When we arrived in the studio they handed us each a package of cookies and a cold bottle of apple juice as if we were about to have preschool circle time or something. But then I realized that they wanted to give us a quick sugar rush. And then we met this guy:

His job was to whip us into a happy, clappy frenzy. He relied heavily on butt jokes. I half expected him to start in on some my mom's Uranus jokes, but we were spared stooping quite that low. And then there was dancing! Bring on the Beyonce!

The striking woman in green is a stage actress (we struck up a conversation in line and later sat near each other). And could she dance! Her friend did a totally Glee-worthy Single Ladies routine. Very fun to watch. Barbara Walters also came out to tell us how special we were as an audience. Aw! (I'm sure she says that to all the audiences, but it was still kinda cool).

Here I am just before the show started. My pink sweater made me easy to spot when I later watched the show. My daughters enjoyed pausing me with funny expressions--and then laughing hysterically.
And here are the Hot Topics--a whole day of 'em! I have to admit I was a little surprised at how shabby the set looked in person. But I guess since ABC hasn't bought a new waiting area TV since the early 90s...
I loved watching what happened during the commercial breaks. Hair people came out to fluff Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Whoopie joked about her butt, Joy joked about her butt, Sherri joked about her butt... Elisabeth talked about her butt. The jokey-clapping guy joked about his butt. Again.

We all agreed that we received The Worst Giveaway Ever! (A book no one in the audience particularly wanted). But I did get some nice tidbits for my work-in-progress--and a package of cookies from Barbara Walters to take home to my daughters (they're not fans--they think she wears too much leather. I brought the cookies as a peace offering of sorts).

Now I'm home and back to real life--revising that novel!


  1. You are the best NYC tourist ever!! :) I bow in humble supplication.

  2. Every now and then I like to ditch my sweatpants-chained-to-my-laptop existence and kick it up a notch : )

  3. I really wanted to hop up there this weekend but got a little stuck in the snow. Okay, I got a lot stuck in the snow. Thanks for the highlights!

  4. Oh, yeah... there's another world out there in February, isn't there? It's not all just drab grays and inverstions. Thanks for a glimpse of the outside world!

  5. It would've been fun to see you Kathryn! And, Kelley, if I were to really choose a February destination, I'd probably go Hawaii over New York! I desperately want to be warm.

  6. I'm so going next year. You had me at Hot Topics.

  7. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  8. You've gotta love the Hot Topics, Brodi! Thanks for commenting Susan : )

  9. By the way, in my earlier post, I really do know how to spell "inversions." See what February does? Even my fingers get all muddled and slow.

  10. How fun! I used to watch this show all the time but dont catch it anymore. This is some good research if you ask me

  11. I know you probably won't tell but what was the book that was given away? I wanna know!!

    Also, what day did your show come on? I wanna watch it on Hulu if it's still available.

  12. It was one of those books by someone famous for being married to someone involved in a scandal. Grrr.