Thursday, November 14, 2013

Not One, but Two Television Shows in One Day...

...Katie Couric and The Chew

One of the things I planned to do when I retired was to be in the audience for television shows. One of the shows that I thought would be especially fun was the Katie Couric Show. I heard Katie speak at BlogHer12 in New York last year and enjoyed it. There was also the added advantage that the show is taped just a mile from my house. They have a great online system for requesting tickets that includes the name of the guest on most days. I requested tickets for several shows and was waiting listed. But I got my opportunity to attend this Tuesday, when Shirley MacLaine was one of the guests. "Terms of Endearment" is one of my favorite movies and I am a fan of "Downton Abbey," so I was delighted to be there for her appearance. 


The interview with Shirley MacLaine was fun, but only one part of a very enjoyable morning. There were several other segments which I liked a lot, including a makeover for three women looking for jobs. The staff was friendly and a lot of fun and Katie spent time at the end of the show chatting with the audience and taking questions, which may have been the best part of the morning. We also got great gifts, "the swag bag," which is given to one audience a week. What a bounty! It included a cashmere scarf, tea and fabulous body lotion. There is also a surprise that will be a giveaway here later in the year. I definitely recommend a visit to "Katie" if you are going to be in New York.    

When I was leaving "Katie" I was asked if I wanted to be in the audience for "The Chew." I had read about this show, but honestly, I had never watched it. I did know that Clinton Kelly, who I loved on "What Not to Wear," was on this show and I definitely wanted to see him. The show was a lot of fun. I enjoyed "Clinton's Craft Corner," which had an easy craft that even I could do. I liked the cooking segments a lot and am eager to make the turkey cutlet sandwich that was featured on one of them. I was disappointed though that there wasn't more interaction by the hosts with the audience. 

 I had the good fortune to be sitting in the front row.


To complete my television "career" for this fall I was in the audience for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" with Cedric the Entertainer last month. The audience gets to audition for the show, but alas I wasn't picked. It was still an interesting and fun afternoon. 

 Cedric the Entertainer at "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

I've really enjoyed my taste of show business, but I am happy to return to my non-celebrity life. Today's activities included a visit to the bank and then to the library to get my books that were on reserve and dinner at a friend's apartment. Carol is about the best cook I know and her homemade pizza was delicious. 

Please stop by tomorrow for Random 5 Friday, one of my favorite parts of the week. As always thanks for visiting and take good care of yourself.  

13 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

My dad was in the TV biz behind the scenes when I was growing up. So I understand the excitement of being in the audience. Sounds like you had a lot of fun.

Marie said...

Playing catch up here this morning Carol and loving the new look on your page. Very nice. That book looks really good and how very exciting you got to be in the audiance of these shows! I always wanted to go on Firehouse Frolics when I was a child, a Canadian show for kids. I have only ever gotten to be in the audiance of a cooking show over here and I have to say I was quite disappointed in how it was done. C'est la vie! Have a great weekend! xxoo

Lynn said...

gee what fun! I love SM so am totally envious of this show visit! Lucky you. I've always enjoyed KC the little of ever seen of her having been out of country for most of her career. I've Canadian friends that love to be in the audience of some of these shows, they'll book a year in advance for some.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What an exciting day for you. I've watched those shows on TV a few times. Dinner with a friend is always a good thing too. Nothing quite so exciting happening here. But every day is always something new. Hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Nancy Claeys said...

I just love Clinton Kelly and it would have been a blast to see him in person. :)

Theresa said...

Oh you lucky lady! I have been in the audience for Family Feud which is taped in Atlanta! It was SO much fun! I want to visit Price is Right:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Nellie said...

How exciting! If I were ever to be in New York, I would love to watch "Katie."

Homemade pizza sounds delicious, even this morning at breakfast time.:-)

Melinda said...

Well, haven't you been a busy bee?
What fun you must have had!

M : )

Paula said...

OH MY GOSH!!! I watched that Katie Couric show with Shirley Maclaine and the swag bags! I am so excited to know that you were in the audience!!

Susie said...

Wow, what fun !! You should try to do this more often. Show us the goodies you got.:):) Enjoy your weekend. xoxo,Susie

Lynda said...

I have watched quite a few of the episodes of "The Chew". It is a fun show! That is fun stuff you got to do. Another added blessing of retirement!

Simply Linda said...

Love the Chew! Homemade pizza sounds good! Have a blessed Saturday.

Ms Sparrow said...

That sounds like so much fun! I'd love to do that if I didn't live so darn far away!