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Gethard
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** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 13:24

Hey guys!

Starting in December, MNN is putting their studio through some major renovations. We've known this was coming for a while, but weren't sure of any start date. It's still not firmed down, but it looks like our access to the 59th Street studio will end after the 11/28 show. We've been told the renovations might last as long as two full months. It's hard to project.

The good news is the studio is going to have all sorts of new equipment after this. We'll be able to broadcast in HD, there will be more interactive based stuff, etc.

The bad news is we have to figure out how exactly TCGS is going to function through those two months. Myself, JD, Dru, Noah, and Emma have been talking a lot about this on email trying to figure out an exact game plan, and I figured in the course of that discussion it would be good to get the opinions of our audience. Specifically, I'd love to hear from anyone who regularly comes to the studio already - cast/crew/audience, please if you stumble upon this, offer up your thoughts.

Here are some thoughts we have -

1) MNN does have a second studio we can work out of. It is smaller, and most dauntingly it is on 104th St way on the east side. It is only a block from a 6 train station at 103rd st. If you are a New Yorker who comes to the show, would this commute get old over two months? The 6 train runs local and this means you'd have to head back downtown from East Harlem at midnight at the earliest. My guess is that we wouldn't be able to sustain our crowd and crew over two months traveling this far. Please be honest.

2) We find an alternate home - This would mean setting up a makeshift space for ourself someplace not MNN related. There are no potential spaces we've locked down for this yet. Here are the questions I have - would our at home viewers get very tired of shows that weren't studio quality? For example, these would most likely be shot off of one camera instead of livecut between three. Is that going to degrade the level the show is at in your mind? New Yorkers - what neighborhoods would you travel to for this? Most likely if we found a space large enough to accommodate bands and a crowd, they'd be out in Brooklyn somewhere. Is that a huge pain in the ass?

Obviously, if anyone in New York has access to a fuckin' TV studio, we're all ears. Or a warehouse space/loft space/etc. All leads and help are appreciated.

Thanks so much, guys -

Gethard



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Re: ** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 13:32

Keep in mind, our priorities are -

Keep the show live as many weeks as possible.

Make sure our studio audience isn't burdened too much by this change of pace and commute.

Try to retain our ability to bring in guests, especially musical guests, throughout this stretch.

Let us know if these things sound on target to you and any other concerns you think we should have on our mind for you guys, our studio and at home audiences, during this stretch.

Thanks!



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Re: ** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 13:33

Go on tour again! I discovered the show just after you came to Boston. Pretty sure Karma owes me for that.



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Re: ** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 13:35

ALSO -

Before anyone starts getting TOO ambitious, with stuff like "This is now the time for you to do a project where you live on top of the Eiffel Tower and broadcast from there", etc.

I know we have the reputation for stuff like Bonnaroo, Diddy, shows from my house, from dorm rooms, etc - we like to go big and elaborate.

BUT -

In this case, my personal preference and that of our writers by and large is to find some sort of semi-permanent home. Keep in mind that during the same stretch of time this is happening, we also have to plan for the San Fran Sketchfest and South by Southwest. On top of that, it overlaps almost exactly with the time my script will be due for IFC. It's not going to be practical for us to also plan eight to ten elaborate stunt driven shows.

So please let's not let this thread turn too much into fantasies for how this could become some superheroic shit. We're really looking at ways to brainstorm how to find some grounded and real solutions to this one.

Geth



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Re: ** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 13:42

103rd might not be too bad. It's not that far up.



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Re: ** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 13:47

I mean, I'm not important in this equation, but it's my opinion that the 104th St studio would probably be the best option. Either that or you consult Murf on Whiskey Tango tours and just do it in a different person's apartment every week.



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Re: ** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 13:51

You could always have these episodes in the other MNN studio (if you decide on that) just be low key and more of a throwback to how the show started. With more call-ins and easy to do things (like finding that dollar in that trash). Take a breather with some low key shows. Maybe intersperse like one or two episodes from your house or whatever, and then just have one of those more elaborate shows when the MNN studios re-open (to celebrate the new studios). Granted I am not one of the audience members that attend the show, but those are just my thoughts.



Gethard
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Re: ** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 13:51

Julia - you are the EXACT person that's important in this equation. We want to basically hear from the whole gang who are there often, some becoming defacto crew, some just stopping by to enjoy the show from a little more afar each time. If a whole bunch of people get on here and basically say "Yeah, I'd be down to go uptown for a couple months", we will probably lean hard on that option.



ianfromnj
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Re: ** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 13:54

so i dont know how it works but how possible is it to bring live stream equipment into UCB and maybe return to your old home for a while?



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Re: ** COMMUNITY DISCUSSION - WE ARE LOSING ACCESS TO OUR STUDIO **
on: November 16, 2012, 14:04

I unfortunately don't have access to any studios or any great solutions, but if you're just taking a tally of frequent audience members willing to travel uptown, then I'm definitely in.

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