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Coordinates: 34°04′28″N 118°21′36″W / 34.07444°N 118.36°W / 34.07444; -118.36

CBS Television City in Los Angeles

CBS Television City is a television studio located in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles at 7800 Beverly Boulevard, at the corner of Beverly and Fairfax Avenue. It is one of two CBS television studios in southern California — the other is CBS Studio Center, located in the Studio City section of the San Fernando Valley, which houses additional production facilities and the network's Los Angeles local television operations (KCBS and KCAL). The company's West Coast radio production center is located more than a mile away to the south, in the Miracle Mile neighborhood.

Since Television City opened in 1952, numerous TV shows have been broadcast live or taped at the facility, including many shows not broadcast on CBS. Many films have also been produced in-part at Television City, such as the 1996 Tom Hanks-Liv Tyler feature That Thing You Do!. During the opening credits of many of the shows taped here, a voice-over announced the phrase, "From Television City in Hollywood". The complex currently houses a total of eight separate studios. Backstage tours occasionally take place, with the guests being escorted by a CBS page.

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History

Television City opened on November 16, 1952. It was built on the site of a former football field and race track, Gilmore Stadium. Before the stadium, it was an oil field.

Gilmore Stadium was part of a sports/entertainment complex that included Gilmore Field and the Pan Pacific Auditorium. The stadiums and auditorium were built on what was once 287 acres (1.16 km2) unincorporated known as Gilmore Island, and the fortune that led to their construction had origins similar to a television sitcom plot.

Arthur Fremont Gilmore brought his family to Los Angeles from Illinois in 1874, started a dairy business and eventually made enough money to buy part of Rancho La Brea, roughly bounded by Beverly Boulevard, 3rd Street, Fairfax and La Brea avenues. By the late 1930s, the Gilmore company had built both the football stadium and the baseball park. Gilmore sold the stadium to CBS in 1950, and that year's Turkey Night Grand Prix midget race (now held at Irwindale Speedway) was the last race run on its track. Two years later, CBS built Television City on the site. After the Hollywood Stars transferred out of the city in 1958, the ballpark was razed and that property also became part of the Television City complex.

The stark modern architecture at Television City consists of black and white planes meeting at razor-sharp corners, with accents of dazzling red, the work of Pereira & Luckman of Los Angeles. The studio facility was built to handle the larger production needs for the network, most of which took place at the rather cramped Columbia Square.

The building initially held four soundstages (Studios 31, 33, 41 and 43), but a renovation in the late 1980s added two new soundstages (Studios 36 and 46) plus additional office space and technical facilities such as editing rooms and storage. Later, another renovation added a further two studios (Studios 56 and 58) in what had been rehearsal halls in the original building.

Studio 43 was equipped with RCA TK-40A color cameras in 1954, with cables allowing any of the original four studios to use those cameras. In 1956, Studio 41 was equipped with RCA TK-41s. However, CBS color broadcasts decreased in frequency until the following decade, when the 1964 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella was recorded. CBS programs were generally in black-and-white until Norelco PC-60s were installed starting in 1964.[1]

Its most famous soundstage is Studio 33 (the Bob Barker Studio), which is the current home of the long-running CBS game show, The Price is Right and the HBO late night series, Real Time With Bill Maher.

This soundstage was also the home of The Carol Burnett Show from its entire 1967-1978 run, as well as notable game shows, Match Game (the 1973-82 Gene Rayburn hosted version, and the 1998 version), Hollywood Squares (hosted by Tom Bergeron), Bullseye, the daytime and nighttime versions of Wheel of Fortune, the 1986-1989 revival of Card Sharks, and the 1988-1995 run of Family Feud. In March 1998, on the 5000th episode of The Price is Right (actually number 5133), CBS named Studio 33 as the Bob Barker Studio in honor of the show's longtime host and executive producer.

When sitcoms were taped in front of a studio audience in the 1970s, many shows were recorded on soundstages at Television City, such as All in the Family, Maude, and Good Times. The ABC sitcoms Three's Company and Welcome Back, Kotter were also taped at Television City.

CBS Television City is also home to CBS' visual effects studio, CBS Digital. "Television City" is a registered trademark of CBS for its TV production facilities.

Shows produced at Television City

These are shows that originated from this historic television studio. Some shows taped here used the line, "From Television City in Hollywood..." in their opening announcement.

Program Network(s) Years Taped Studio(s)
The $10,000/25,000/100,000 Pyramid CBS, Syndication 1973; 1982–1988; 1991–1992 31, 33[2]
Alice (pilot) CBS 1975 41
All in the Family CBS 1971–1976 31, 41
All-New Beat the Clock CBS 1979–1980 31[3]
Amateur's Guide to Love CBS 1972 43
American Idol Fox 2002–present 36
The X Factor Fox 2010- 36
America's Best Dance Crew MTV 2008–present 36
America's Got Talent NBC 2009 36
Archie Bunker's Place CBS 1979–1982
Are You Kidding? CBS 1990 31
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Fox 2007-2009
Art Linkletter's House Party CBS 1952–1969 41
Blackout CBS 1988 33[4]
The Bold and the Beautiful CBS 1987–present 31
Body Language CBS 1984–1986 33[5]
Bullseye Syndication 1981–1982 33
Burns and Allen CBS 1952–1958
Can You Top This? Syndication 1970 33[6]
Capitol CBS 1982–1987 31
Card Sharks CBS, Syndication 1986–1989 33[7]
The Carol Burnett Show CBS 1967–1978 33
The Celebrity Game CBS 1964–1968 41
Celebrity Table Tennis CBS 1971 31
Child's Play CBS 1982–1983 33[8]
Climax! CBS 1954–1958
Contraption Disney Channel 1983–1989 31
Crosswits Syndication 1986–1987 33
Dancing with the Stars ABC 2005–present 46
Deal or No Deal NBC 2005 46
Dennis Miller Live HBO 1994–2002 33, 56
Dinah! Syndication 1974–1978 31
Dirty Rotten Cheater Pax TV 2003 41
Don Adams' Screen Test Syndication 1975–1976 31
Don't Forget the Lyrics! Fox 2007–2009
Double Dare CBS 1976–1977 31, 33[9]
Double Exposure CBS 1961 43[10]
Earn Your Vacation CBS 1954 41[11]
The Ed Sullivan Show
(West Coast shows)
CBS 1952–1972
The Edsel Show CBS 1957
Face the Facts CBS 1961 43[12]
Family Feud CBS, Syndication 1988–1995, 1999–2000 33,[13] 36
Follow the Leader CBS 1953 [14]
The Game Game Syndication 1969–1970 43[15]
Game Show in My Head CBS 2008–2009 58
Game Show Moments Gone Bananas VH1, GSN 2005 43
Gambit CBS 1972–1976 43[16]
Gameshow Marathon CBS 2006 46
The Gong Show Syndication 1988–1989 [17]
Good Times CBS 1974–1975 41
Greed Fox 1999–2000
High Rollers Syndication 1987–1988 41
The Hollywood Game CBS 1992 33
Hollywood Squares Syndication 1998–2004 33
Hollywood's Talking CBS 1973 31
I've Got a Secret CBS 1961 33
The Jeffersons CBS 1975 31
The Joker's Wild CBS, Syndication 1972–1975, 1990 31, 33
The John Davidson Show Syndication 1980–1982 31
The Judy Garland Show CBS 1963–1964 43
Kids Say the Darndest Things CBS 1962–1979, 1996–2000 31
The Larry Elder Show Syndication 2004–2005 31
Late Show with David Letterman
(West Coast shows)
CBS 1994, 1995 36
The Late Late Show CBS 1995–present 58
Let's Make a Deal (unaired pilot) CBS 2009
Mama's Family NBC 1983–1985 33
Masters of the Maze The Family Channel 1994–1996 31
Match Game CBS, Syndication 1973–1982, 1998–1999 33
Matchmaker Syndication 1987–1988 31
Maude CBS 1972–1974 41, 43
Me and the Boys ABC 1994-95
Meet Millie CBS 1952–1956 43
The Merv Griffin Show CBS 1969–1972 43
The Mike Douglas Show Syndication 1976–1982 31, 43
Morris Cerullo Help Line ION Television 2008–present
My Friend Irma CBS 1952–1954 31
No Relation FX 1996–1998 33
Now You See It CBS 1974–1975, 1989 33
One Day at a Time CBS 1975 (pilot, and one episode) 31, 41
Osbournes: Reloaded Fox 2009 36
Password
(West Coast shows)
CBS 1961–1967 31, 43
The Pat Sajak Show CBS 1989–1990 56
Pet Star Animal Planet 2003–2005 43
Pictionary Syndication 1997–1998 33
Playhouse 90 CBS 1956–1961 31
Politically Incorrect Comedy Central, ABC 1994–2002 41
Press Your Luck CBS 1983–1986 41, 33
The Price Is Right CBS, Syndication 1972–present 33
Real Time with Bill Maher HBO 2003–present 33
The Red Skelton Show CBS 1953–1970 33
Rock Star: INXS/Supernova CBS 2005, 2006
Rodeo Drive Lifetime 1990 33
The Ropers ABC 1979–1980 31
The Roseanne Show Syndication 1998–2000 56, 58
Show Me the Money ABC 2006
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour CBS 1967–1970 33
So You Think You Can Dance Fox 2005–present
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour CBS 1971–1974 31
Spin-Off CBS 1975 41
The Steve Harvey Show The WB 1996–1998 36
Stump the Stars CBS 1962–1964 41
Survivor Finale and reunion shows CBS 2001–present
Tattletales CBS 1974–1978, 1982–1984 41, 31, 43
Tell It To Groucho CBS 1962 33
That's My Line CBS 1980, 1981 33
That's My Mama ABC 1974 33
Three's Company ABC 1977–1980 31, 43
Tic Tac Dough CBS, Syndication 1978–1980 31
Tony Orlando and Dawn CBS 1974–1976 31,33
The Twilight Zone CBS 1960-1961 (six episodes) 31
There's One in Every Family CBS 1952–1953 41
3rd Degree Syndication 1989–1990 41
The Tyra Banks Show Syndication 2005–2007 56
Vibe Syndication 1997–1998
Video Village CBS 1961–1962 43
Welcome Back, Kotter ABC 1975 (pilot episode only) 33
Wheel of Fortune CBS, NBC, Syndication 1989–1995 33[18]
Whew! CBS 1979–1980 31, 33
Win, Lose or Draw NBC, Syndication 1987–1990 33, 41
Xuxa CBS 1993–1994 36
The Young and The Restless CBS 1973–present 41, 43
You Don't Know Jack ABC 2001 43
Your Surprise Package CBS 1961–1962 43

References

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