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Focus : The Tale of the Tapings


Already seen "Batman Returns," "Universal Soldier" and "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid"? Given up on the Dodgers and Angels? Bored with the beach?

Well, the networks want you!

Returning and new situation comedies are gearing up for production in and around Los Angeles and are looking for audiences.

Beware: Simply obtaining a ticket to "Roseanne" or "Designing Woman" doesn't guarantee you a seat because they often give away tickets in excess of studio capacity. So arrive early.

The main source for tickets is Audiences Unlimited. Call 818-506-0067 for general information and 818-506-0043 for group reservations of 40 or more.

Audiences Unlimited tickets also are offered at Fox Television Center, 5746 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. The booth is open weekdays 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.-6 p.m. A limited amount of tickets are available on a first-come basis starting on Wednesdays for most shows scheduled for the following week. Tickets for many tapings are available the day of the show, but early arrival is advised.

Audience Unlimited tickets can be obtained at the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, 3882 Midway. The office is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Glendale Galleria at Central and Broadway offers tickets daily at the Concierge Desk on the second floor.

Another source: the Paramount Visitors Center. Call 213-956-1777 for general information. Tickets must be picked up at the center at 860 N. Gower St in Hollywood weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Tim Perez, the director of Paramount's Promotional Services, the hardest ticket to obtain is for the long-running NBC series "Cheers." Tickets are available only on the taping day. Also tough to get is "Murphy Brown," which only gives out tickets when others cancel.

Tickets to other series, Perez said, "become available five working days in advance of the scheduled show.

The age restrictions for series varies, but usually no one under 14 is allowed.

Below is a rundown of how to get tickets for taping. Unless otherwise indicated, tickets are available through Audiences Unlimited.


"America's Funniest Home Videos"--Starts taping sometime this month on Sundays at ABC Center, 4151 Prospect, Hollywood. Tickets are available there at ABC Guest Services. For information, call 213-520-1ABC.

"Camp Bicknell" (new, starring Beverly Garland)--Starts taping Aug. 14 on Fridays at ABC Center. Tickets available at ABC Guest Services.

"Coach"--Starts taping Aug. 21 on Fridays at Universal, Lankershim and Bluffside, Universal City.

"Delta" (new, starring Delta Burke)--Starts taping on Fridays this week at Universal.

"Family Matters"--In production on Fridays at Sony Studios, 3970 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

"Full House"--In production on Thursdays at Sony Studios.

"Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" (new, starring Mark Curry and Holly Robinson)--Starts taping on Thursdays this week at Warner Bros., 4210 W. Olive, Burbank.

"Home Improvement"--In production on Fridays at Walt Disney Studios, 500 S. Buena Vista, Burbank.

"Perfect Strangers"--In production on Wednesdays at Sony Studios.

"Room for Two"--Starts taping Aug. 11 on Tuesdays at Warner Bros. Tickets available through Paramount.

"Roseanne"--Starts taping on Thursdays this week at CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford, Studio City.

"Step by Step"--In production on Fridays at Culver Studios, 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City.


"Bob" (new, starring Bob Newhart)--Starts taping on Fridays this week at Paramount, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood. Tickets available through Paramount.

"Designing Women"--Starts taping on Thursdays this week at Warner Bros.

"Evening Shade"--Starts taping Aug. 14 on Fridays at CBS Studio Center.

"Frannie's Turn" (new, starring Miriam Margolyes)--Starts taping Aug. 21 on Fridays at CBS Studio Center.

"The Golden Palace" (starring Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty)--In production on Fridays at Ren-Mar, 846 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood.

"Hearts Afire" (new, starring John Ritter and Markie Post)--Starts taping on Thursdays this week at Warner Bros.

"Love and War" (new, starring Jay Thomas and Susan Dey)--Starts taping on Fridays this week at Sunset Gower, 1438 N. Gower, Hollywood.

"Major Dad"--Starts taping on Fridays this week at Universal.

"Murphy Brown"--Starts taping on Fridays this week at Warner Bros.


"Flying Blind" (new, starring Corey Parker)--Starts taping on Fridays this week at Universal.

"Herman's Head"--In production on Tuesdays at Sunset Gower.

"Married ... With Children"--Starts taping Aug. 21 on Fridays at Sunset Gower.

"Martin" (new, starring Martin Lawrence)--In production on Mondays and Tuesdays at Universal. Tickets available through Paramount.

"In Living Color"--Starts taping this month on Fridays at KTTV, 5746 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets available through Paramount.

"Roc"--Starts Aug. 16 live on Sundays at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose, Hollywood.

"Woops!" (new, from the producers of "Empty Nest")--Starts taping Aug. 18 on Tuesdays at Ren-Mar


"Blossom"--In production on Fridays at Sunset Gower.

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