|Could you hold this?|
GMA's newsroom is located on the second floor and is really not a lot different than the studios you'll find at KAIT. A newsroom is a newsroom is a newsroom. Sure, things are a little more complex and the interview guests are bigger names, but it's all pretty much all the same. The control room had plenty of folks sweating out every ticking second and still yet, there was a guy in the corner reading the newspaper and eating a bagel who looked as though he could care less about the whole thing. The producer was cutting stories and teases when they were over on time and the rundown changed while we were standing there. We also saw Elizabeth Vargas retouching up her own makeup during packages. The newsroom studio was covered in dirty cables and there were people waving cues behind tethered studio cameras. (Where were the fancy robotic cameras...this is the "top" right?) The light cues were awesome though...all robotic and remote controlled.
You couldn't take pictures up there, but we did get to watch George Stephanopoulos interview Ed Smart (Elizabeth's dad) and watched JuJu Chang and Elizabeth Vargas read the news. Robin Roberts was off on the day we were there and Sam Champion was doing the weather on location so we missed seeing them.
We knew that scheduled guests for the show were going to be Dr. Oz, Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney and chef Emeril Lagasse. We were totally surprised when Cam Newton, winner of the Heisman trophy, walked in the room for a coat drive presentation. Brandi was able to snap a picture of Brett with Cam in the background! (The two had actually stood together on the Mississippi State sidelines last year when he was being recruited)
|Thumbs up Cam!|
|Cam is too cool for school in Mississippi.|
Here's a quick look at Cam behind the scenes on GMA:
Dr. Oz's interview turned out to be upstairs in the news studio so we didn't get to see him at all. But we were literally feet from Jeff Kinney during his interview. It probably would have been cooler if any of us were middle schoolers and had actually read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Heather & Brett only knew what it was because there was a Wimpy Kid balloon in the Macy's Parade this year. We guess even stars get starstruck because Jeff Kinney looked like a kid at Christmas when he got to touch the Heisman trophy!
|How did it feel to rewrite Doug and not use color?|
|It was a little early for BAM!|
Being on the front row does have it's perks! We did manage to get our pictures made with some of the stars. Thankfully, Heather is a firm believer in the two camera shoot. Otherwise, this first pic would have been all we got.
|No really, terrible photography lady...We didn't all want to be in this picture.|
|All in the picture...but George can't keep his eyes open.|
|JuJu said to tell Region 8 hi!|