Friday, October 21, 2011

Millionaire and Meredith

Fast. New York is fast. The people walk fast. They talk fast. They even eat fast while talking fast on (at least one) cell phone while at the same time walking fast as all get out to some place that must be on fire.

It's also a lot of fun and there is a ton of things to do. I’ve seen and done so much fun stuff (and can’t wait to share it will ya’ll once I get back to real life!), but one of the neatest things I did yesterday was to participate in Millionaire’s live, studio audience. I very much admire Meredith Vieira, and after I read her husband’s book “Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness A Reluctant Memoir” it made me like her even more.

When Meredith first came out, she welcomed the audience and if you heard her voice you'd definitely say she's from New York, but as soon as the cameras started rolling, her voice changed to what you hear on TV. I was very impressed (and can think of a few politicians who may should find out the name of her dialect coach!).

The studio is at 30 West 67th Street (near the corner of 86th and Columbus Av). That morning they were filming three shows because Meredith was going to be in Mary Poppins that night. It moved quickly and was so entertaining. I thought I was going to leave after the first show but ended up staying for the whole thing. The three shows will air in January and May 2012.

The audience took a 30-question quiz and then, after the filming wrapped up, the top five or six people were asked to audition to be on the show (I was not one them!). It was fun and much easier to get into than shows like Reggis & Kelly (which was, sadly, booked).

And one last bit of random knowledge, the studio is the same one as the famous presidential debate between Nixon and JFK that proved how important television would come in politics. A poll after the debate showed that those who listened to it on the radio thought Nixon had done better but those who watched it on TV thought that JFK had done better. Maybe that will be on a trivia show one day!

1 comment:

Cool Dad said...

Looked like so much fun! I'll need to make it down there sometime. Are lifelines allowed during the quiz? ;)