Does anyone else miss the days of live production at Universal Studios Florida and the Disney/MGM Studios? Alas, those days are long gone. No matter how many times I get to see it, there is something magical about seeing how television shows are made. Luckily, there is still a place to get a behind-the-scenes look at how television is made. Recently, I got a chance to visit the The Tour at NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center in New York and it’s absolutely fantastic.
As you probably know, 30 Rock is home to dozens of production that happen every week and is easily the most iconic building in television history. On any given day shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Today Show, Saturday Night Live, The Evening News with Lester Holt and many more. What is great about The Tour at NBC Studios is that you are guaranteed to walk into at least two of the soundstages where these shows are filmed. Naturally, this needs to be when the cameras aren’t rolling or the studio isn’t being used, so you never know what (or who) you’ll see on the tour.
On the date of my visit I got to tour the studios used to film The Nightly News with Lester Holt and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Every tour features at The Tour at NBC Studios features a highly-knowledgeable page. The page program is as iconic as 30 Rock itself with young professionals on internships that rotate them through several positions throughout the building including The Tour at NBC Studios.
Each tour concludes with an experience known as On Air at NBC Studios. This is a mock-up studio created just for tour guests where they put on a five-minute late night talk show that is e-mailed to them after the conclusion of the tour. Guests choose the role of host, announcer, band member, camera operator and control room operator. Together you create a memory that you get to take home with you and oddly enough, it does work and feel like a real working studio.
If you’re in New York City and you want to get a peek behind-the-curtain at 30 Rock, book your tickets to The Tour at NBC Studios in advance. Tour groups are usually capped out at a maximum of 12 guests per tour and they depart every 20 minutes. Meaning they fill up far in advance. If you want to try this yourself click this link to make your reservation!
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