Yes, it's possible to get free
tickets to the shows you watch on CBS!
you're talking about "Ellen," "King of Queens,"
"Everyone Loves Raymond" or "Hollywood Squares", you
can become part of the studio audience and see your favorite stars
in person - for free.
Remember that only shows with live studio audiences,
such as sitcoms and talk shows, give out tickets. Adventure shows, dramas
and soap operas are shot on closed sets and don't allow the public in to
when it comes to sitcoms like "King of Queens" or talk shows
such as Dennis Miller, you can be right there in the studio, watching your
favorite performers as they actually tape the show.
there are two different CBS studios. One is called CBS Television
City. It's located in Hollywood, near Farmers Market. The other
CBS studio is located in the San Fernando Valley, in Studio City -
it's called Radford CBS Studio.
Many CBS network shows, such as "Everybody
Loves Raymond", "Ellen",
is Right", "Hollywood
Squares", and "Yes Dear"
are taped at those two CBS studios
But an important thing to understand is that not
all of the shows that appear on the CBS network are taped at the CBS studios.
And not all shows taped at the CBS Studios run on the CBS network.
a little confusing? Well, let's straighten things out a little...
Some shows, such as "That
‘70s Show" and "The Dennis Miller
Show", are taped at CBS studios, but are aired on competing networks.
For example, "That 70's
Show" is shot at the the Radford CBS Studio, but it airs on the Fox Network.
"Just Shoot Me" is an NBC show, but it also tapes at the same
CBS studio. And "Politically Incorrect" tapes
at CBS Television City in Hollywood, but the show airs on the ABC
network. These aren't really CBS shows, they just tape at the CBS studios.
Why? It's simple. The
Studio is in the business of renting out its buildings, sound stages and
support services (such as cameras, lights, props, crew, etc). The network
(CBS) may or may not give their own shows first crack at these stages,
but if there is unrented studio space that is not making them money, they'll
happily rent that space to any show that needs it.
On the flip side, some popular
CBS shows such as "King of Queens"
actually tape at rival studios. "King of Queens", for instance,
airs on CBS, but it is taped at the Sony Studios in Culver City. "Becker",
another hit CBS show, tapes at Paramount Studios. While CBS' most popular
sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond",
is taped at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank.
But it's possible to get tickets
to watch all of these shows being taped too! Heck, don't worry about it,
just come and enjoy yourself.
There are three ways you can
get get tickets:
1. By mail:
The old tried and true way
is to write for them.
Send a self-addressed stamped
envelope (SASE) to:
[Name of the show]
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Be sure to include a note specifying
which show you want to see, how many tickets you need , and the date you
would like to attend. For The Price is Right, tickets are sent out approximately
one month prior to taping. Obviously, it plans to write long in advance
of your visit.
The nice thing about writing
is that you can plan way way in advance.
The problem is that sometimes
you don't get tickets for the date you want. Sometimes you can't get tickets
at all. Also some shows will send out way more tickets then there are seats...then
they seat people who show up on a first come first basis. If you don't
arrive early enough, you may not get a seat.
And some popular shows, such
as "Friends" and "Drew Carey", are completely
filled for years in advance. Actually a few shows ("Friends"
included) no longer even issue tickets for their tapings, due to security
reasons since the tragic Sept. 11th event
2. In Person:
The second way to get your
tickets is by going to the Studio where the show is being taped. Show up
either a few days in advance or early in the morning the day of the show.
It's a good way to get your
ticket at the last minute. But during the busy tourist months, it's a wild
card as to whether tickets will still be available at the Studio Ticket
Window. During July and August there are people on line as early as 4:30-5:00
in the morning for tickets to "The Price Is Right"s. Over at
the NBC studio, people sometimes start lining up for the Tonight Show at
NBC at midnight the night before. But if you're kind of a "go with
the flow" person, this can be a flow to go with.
You can go down to the ticket
booth at CBS Television City in Hollywood (see the above address)
and pick up your tickets in person, starting two weeks prior to the taping
day, up to the day before the taping. No tickets are available on the actual
day of taping.
3. Online: THE EASIEST
WAY TO GET YOUR FREE TV TICKETS
The third way is to use a studio
authorized ticketing service, a liaison for the Studios. You can either
go online to their website, phone them or find their reps at popular tourist
spots places like Grauman's Chinese Theater or Venice Beach.
Their job is to make it easy
for you to get these free tickets. Some of these ticket agents are very
caring and do not give out more tickets than there are seats - so your
chances of getting in are very, very good (as long as you arrive not a
minute later than the arrival time stated on the ticket).
A Really Great Place Is: TVTIX.COM.
You can get free tickets to most of these shows by simply clicking here
to order your tickets online. You'll even be able to print out your tickets
on your computer's own printer.
So, now that you know how to get the tickets, you're
probably wondering which shows are avalable, and where they tape.