& Two and a half Men
fans, stand clear as we go behind the scenes to some of your favourite programs and movie locations.
Another terrific way to see how it all happens before it reaches your living room is to attend the taping of a television show. Most talk shows are recorded in New York or Chicago, but numerous sitcoms are taped in LA. Being part of the audience is great fun you get to see bloopers as they happen, actors relaxing between takes and just how many people it takes to put half an hour of television together. You don't need to be in the know Audiences Unlimited distributes free tickets to show tapings. They have access to 60 shows at 26 studios and a favourite of yours is bound to be on their books.
Jules had a good look around the set of the new comedy series, Two-And-A-Half Men, which stars Charlie Sheen.
CBS Television City has free admission to tapings of shows such as The Price is Right and Hollywood Squares. NBC Studios will take you to the studios where Days Of Our Lives and The Tonight Show are made. Tours take 70 minutes and you are shown sets, wardrobe, makeup and special effects.
You will also see people giving free tickets to television tapings outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
There are lots of ways to officially visit locations, but you are bound to stumble upon one or two as you just walk around. Brendon visited 8431 Santa Monica Boulevard, the building from which Mel Gibson made his famous jump in one of the Lethal Weapon films.
Alexandra Paul, who starred in Baywatch, took Brendon to Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades along the Pacific Coast Highway. This is the surfing beach where the series was filmed and it stretches 27km to Malibu.
Los Angeles, California
Grauman's Chinese Theatre tours are approx $7.
CBS Television City tickets are free. Tickets are available two weeks in advance.
NBC Studio Tours cost around $10. Tickets to show tapings must be ordered in advance. They are free.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.
CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles 90036
Ph: 323 575 2458
3000 W Alameda Avenue
Ph: 818 840 3537www.nbc.com
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City 91608
Ph: 818 753 3470www.tvtickets.comwww.audiencesunlimited.com
Audience Associates Inc
7471 Melrose Avenue
Ph: 323 653 4105www.tvtix.comwww.beinamovie.com
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Boulevard
Ph: 323 464 8111Movie Locationswww.movie-locations.comwww.seeing-stars.com