You know how I love going behind-the-scenes (especially for live TV) so I was very excited to be invited to Global’s The Morning Show in Toronto this week.
Hosted by Liza Fromer, Leslie Roberts, Kris Reyes, Rosey Edeh and Antony Robart, the show is broadcast weekdays from 6 to 9 am from their street-level studio on Bloor Street in Toronto (lots of fun to walk by and watch through the windows!) At 9 am, the show goes national for 30 minutes of conversation and fun.
Before I start sharing photos from my visit, in the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that I was not actually present for hair and makeup. Hayley, the hardworking publicist, offered to pick up my camera at the hotel and arrive at a crazy early hour to take some shots for me, so I could breeze in a little bit later once the show was rolling. (I don’t know how well she researched me, but she may have been aware of how much I love my sleep!)
Here are a few pics of co-host Liza Fromer getting primped for the show. Usually the hosts look after their own hair, getting assistance only with the make-up part of the prep, but with fewer hosts on set over the holidays, there was more opportunity for professional assistance.
Below is the green room, where the waiting takes place. I pictured it as a separate location, closed off from the studio, but the whole space is really quite open. This is where I got a chance to chat with guest host Alan Carter. I asked him about the teleprompter: how much material is written out, and how much is ad-libbed? For the news portions, the text is all there (which Alan paraphrases, using the teleprompter to make sure he’s getting the details right). For the rest of the segments, the vast majority of the conversation is spontaneous.
Next on the agenda was my sit-down Momterview with Liza, which I’ll share here very soon, and then the “day” was over – before 10 a.m.! I couldn’t leave without my great Global swag bag, including treats and foam microphones for my girls which they can be seen trying out in the photo below. Perhaps The Morning Show should consider adding some junior reporters to their roster?
Thanks so much to Hayley and to the hosts and crew of The Morning Show for welcoming me behind-the-scenes. Be sure to catch them daily on Global, beginning at 6 a.m…or whatever time you get up!