Sep 17, 2010

The all audience index … see a TV show in the making

If you're looking for a night out, and enjoy a show that is currently on television, consider going and seeing it in person, writes Matt Smith, who teaches media studies at La Trobe University.


Every evening millions of people sit in front of their TVs and tune into live panel shows, reality shows and game shows. The television landscape is littered with them — shows that are a cross between a stage show and television viewing, and try to provide decent entertainment for all involved.

To a large extent, these programs rely on a studio audience to provide the atmosphere — all those rounds of applause, those whoops and cheers, and the generous amounts of laughter need to come from someone, and it might be time to step out for the night and make sure that person is you.

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