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TV Studios and Show Tickets

[May 2021 update - all of these links are live, although none of the shows are currently filming with a live studio audience. However, 1iota has limited live audience experiences, plus virtual experiences for Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and The View. You can request "tickets" to be in a Virtual Studio Audience for Ellen DeGeneres show. You can join a waiting list for The Real]


Culver Studios, Culver City. [Photo Credit:] Culver Studios, Culver City

TV Show Tickets

Audiences Unlimited - Audiences Unlimited, Inc. is the exclusive studio audience ticket representative for over 30 shows filmed at various television production facilities in the greater Los Angeles area. This is a great source for TV studio tickets.

Be in a Movie - This site is different than the others because they recruit un-paid extras to be in movies and other film productions that require a crowds of people. Some more notable films were The Longest Yard, Spider-man, Man on the Moon and many more. You don't make any money and you probably will be in the background, but you can say you were in a movie!

CBS Television City - Tickets for The Price is Right, Real Time with Bill Maher and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. CBS Television City is located near The Grove in the Miracle Mile area.

Conan - Conan O'Brien performs his popular late night comedy show at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, and it airs on cable network TBS. The show is taped on weekdays Monday through Thursday. Minimum age is 16.

Dr. Phil - Dr. Phil's success stems from his "get real" approach to helping his guests solve their problems. Be in the audience or on the show. Order online or by telephone (323-461-PHIL). The Dr Phil show accommodates group events by issuing "group priority" tickets for groups of ten or more people. They provide free charter transportation for groups of 40-47 people. See Dr. Phil's website to request more information, or call them at (323) 956-3319.

Ellen DeGeneres - Famous daytime talk show featuring celebrity interviews, current event topics and comedy. The Ellen DeGeneres Show tapes at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. All requests for tickets must be made online. Audience members must be at least 14 years old (proof of age is required). There are a limited number of Standby Tickets available on the day of the taping. See the website for details and to request tickets.

Jeopardy! - Select "Contestant Search" in the "Contestant" menu at the top of the page. You have to take a test to be on Jeopardy! Testing is online, although it is only available during limited times. Check the Jeopardy! website for details.

Jimmy Kimmel Live on Hollywood Boulevard. [Photo Credit:] Jimmy Kimmel Live on Hollywood Boulevard

Jimmy Kimmel Live - Late-night comedy talk show host Jimmy Kimmel appears at El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Topics include comedy routines, daily monologue, plus appearances from celebrities, athletes, musicians and comedians.

Let's Make a Deal - All audience members are potential contestants! Let's Make A Deal is a costume based show (costumes available on-site for sale or rent) which stars host Wayne Brady, and tapes during summer months at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

On Camera Audiences - On-Camera Audiences has complimentary tickets to popular TV shows such as American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Family Fued, Big Brother and Tosh.O as well as sitcoms, comedy specials, award shows, and special events. To find shows in the L.A. area, look at the following cities in the Locations menu: Burbank, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica and Studio City.

OnSet Productions - Get free tickets to be in a studio audience for Ru Paul Game Show in Los Angeles, as well as MTV and others.

1 Iota - Free tickets to shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central Roast, Madden 11 Pigskin Pro AM, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Early Show, Lopez Tonight and more.

The Real - "THE REAL" is led by five bold, diverse and outspoken hosts -- Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley. Their fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion will turn the traditional talk show on its head. THE REAL tapes at Warner Bros. Studios, in Burbank. Audience members must be at least 18 years of age. Check out the website for tickets.

The Talk - TV talk show on CBS covers current issues and hot topics. Hosted by Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and others.

TVtix (Free TV Tickets) - Order free TV show tickets and print them at home using their Self-Serve Reservation System. Includes Los Angeles based TV game shows such as Deal or No Deal, Wheel of Fortune and the Price is Right show. You can also find tickets for sitcoms, reality TV shows, Kid's TV shows, and more.

Wheel of Fortune - choose "Request Tickets" from the "Join the Show" menu at the top. If you want to try to be on the show, choose "Be A Contestant" from the same menu. Reservations for large groups can be made by telephone (Monday through Friday, see website for the phone number).

TV Studio Tours

Tram Stop Sign at Sony Picture Studios, Culver City. [Photo Credit:] Tram Stop, Sony Picture Studios

There are several TV and movie production studios in the Los Angeles area; however only a few of them are open for tours. Most TV studio tours have a minimum age requirement (except Universal Studios) and advance reservations are usually required.

Sony Pictures Studios [May 2021 update - Temporarily closed] - Located on one of the world's most famous studio lots, this walking tour gives you a rare glimpse of old Hollywood's glory days and an insider's view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio. Not only is this the studio where the Yellow Brick Road once wound through Munchkin Land, it is also the place where the agents from "Men In Black" battled aliens from outer space and Spider-Man catapulted from skyscraper to skyscraper. Dynamic tour guides will shed light on the film and television production process by taking you to various soundstages and by sharing tales of days gone by. You may even have the chance to visit the sets of the hit game shows "Jeopardy!" or "Wheel of Fortune." [Phone: 323-520-TOUR (8687)]

Paramount Studios Melrose Gate, Hollywood California. [Photo Credit:] Paramount Studios Melrose Gate

Paramount Studios [May 2021 update - Temporarily closed] - Experience the living history of Paramount Studios. Three tours are available (advance reservations required):

  • The Studio Tour is a two-hour historical and informational look behind-the-scenes of the daily operations of a major motion picture and television facility.
  • The VIP Studio Tour is a 4.5-hour in-depth experience that includes access to more areas of the studio.
  • Paramount After Dark Tour is offered Friday and Saturday evenings, and explores the studio's stages, film vaults and property after most of the crews have gone home for the day.

Universal Studios Hollywood [May 2021 update - Open for CA residents] - The World's Largest Movie Studio and Theme Park featuring shows, attractions, rides, restaurants and more. There are two opportunities to get behind the scenes at Universal Studios:

  • The Studio Backlot tour - view movie sets, see special effects and get a behind-the-scenes view of movie making from a tram that circles the studio set portions of the property.
  • Charissa Thompson during Extra filming at Universal Studios, Hollywood. [Photo Credit:] Charissa Thompson during Extra filming
    EXTRA - portions of the celebrity TV show EXTRA are filmed in various areas of Universal Studios and CityWalk Hollywood, often in front of the globe outside of the front gate. An admission ticket to Universal Studios is not required unless filming occurs inside the amusement park. There are occasional celebrity appearances and you can see Mario Lopez, Tanika Ray and/or Renee Bargh almost every weekday (Monday through Friday). See the link for the current week's schedule and filming locations.

Warner Bros Studio Tour [May 2021 update - Temporarily closed] - The tour begins at the VIP Tour Center with a special introductory film to the world of Warner Bros. Groups of 12 load onto electric carts that take you into the studio lot, for a very exclusive tour through the backlot streets, sound stages, sets and craft shops. The experience ends at Warner Bros museum where you may explore motion-picture memorabilia from past and present. Advance tickets are recommended.

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