Live, from New York, it’s every day of the week.
For a group of New York women, the magic of a live TV taping is a high they can’t get enough of. Zenja Alvarez, Denise Abramowitz, Jeanie Klein and Jacqueline Elbaz attend shows up to four times a week depending on the season, reveling in the wacky segments, celebrity guests and valuable swag. The women, who make time for the shows between part-time work and child care, contend that the best part of the morning show circuit is the excitement, and the unexpected bonds with fellow audience members.
“You meet all different types that you’d never be friends with,” says Abramowitz, who goes to shows such as “Wendy Williams,” “Rachael” and “The View” religiously, adding “I fell in love with everybody.”
Abramowitz, 60, began going to tapings 15 years ago, starting with “The Montel Williams Show,” “Maury” and “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet,” among others, with free tickets she reserves online through 1iota, which describes itself as an “Audience Casting and Fan Engagement Agency.” Waking up as early as 5 a.m. to get ready and travel from her Midwood apartment to the network shows, Abramowitz, who’s won luggage, luxury weekend getaways, “droves of toys” and her pièce de résistance, a “Big Chill” refrigerator from “Rachael,” is sure to arrive to the Manhattan studios by 8.
Sometimes she brings her sister-in-law, Klein, who says “there’s a few people I met through the shows,” who she texts when she scores tickets. “It’s first come, first served,” says Klein, and they’ve been burned before. “During Christmastime at ‘The View’ a few years ago, they cut off the line right before me and Denise,” says Klein. “We heard they were giving out a Ninja blender, and we missed out on it. We learned our lesson.”