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The Burbank Studios
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The Burbank Studios
Former namesNBC Studios (1951–2014)
General information
TypeTelevision Studios Complex
Location Burbank, California
United States
Technical details
Floor count6
Design and construction
Developer Radio Corporation of America

The Burbank Studios (formerly known as NBC Studios) is a television production facility located in Burbank, California. The studio is home to Days of Our Lives , Extra , the IHeartRadio Theater, and was formerly home to the Blizzard Arena (home of the Overwatch League).



Radio City West was located at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles until it was replaced by a bank in the mid-1960s. Radio City West.JPG
Radio City West was located at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street in Los Angeles until it was replaced by a bank in the mid-1960s.

The West Coast Radio City opened in 1938 and served as headquarters to the NBC Radio Networks' West Coast operations. It served as a replacement for NBC's radio broadcast center in San Francisco, which had been in service since the network's formation in 1927. Since NBC never owned a radio station in Los Angeles, the network's West Coast programming originated from its San Francisco station (KPO, which later became KNBC, and is now KNBR).

The architect for the distinctive Streamline Moderne building at Sunset and Vine was John C. Austin. [2]

In January 1949, NBC launched its newest television station for Los Angeles, KNBH (Channel 4; now KNBC) from Radio City; the radio studios were later equipped for live television broadcasting in the transition phase from radio broadcasting. However, as television production was increasing for NBC, the network and its then-parent the Radio Corporation of America, decided to build a television studio, nicknamed NBC Color City, that would be exclusively equipped for color television broadcasting. For many of the same reasons why CBS eventually built Television City in the early 1950s to replace its Columbia Square, the television facilities at Radio City gradually became too small for NBC to produce its television broadcasts.

RCA's decision to expand television studio facilities required moving to the real estate market in the San Fernando Valley-Burbank area, with land purchased from Jack Warner. [3] The newly christened NBC Color City Studios opened in March 1955, as the first television studio designed specially for the origination of color television broadcasting, although their rivals, ABC and CBS would gradually add color broadcasting to their studio facilities in the later years.

KNBC moved to a new building in 1962. In 1964, the West Coast Radio City building was demolished, as NBC moved more of their West Coast television operations to the Burbank facility. The site is now occupied by a bank.

This studio hosted production of many of the best-remembered game and variety shows from the 1950s through the 1990s, including Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in beginning in 1968 and The Tonight Show in 1972. Both shows would frequently reference their home in "Beautiful Downtown Burbank." During the late 1960s, Carson's Tonight Show would move for periods to Burbank, using studio 1. After the permanent move to Burbank in 1972, Bob Hope's show taped in studio 1, with The Tonight Show taking a hiatus while Hope produced his specials.

The Tonight Show would stay in Burbank through Johnny Carson's retirement, Jay Leno's ascendency to host until his first retirement in 2009, when it moved to an all-digital studio on the Universal lot in 2009 for the short-lived The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien . The show moved back to the Burbank Studios when Leno returned as host of The Tonight Show on March 1, 2010. The show used studio 11 until Leno stepped down as host on February 6, 2014. After that, The Tonight Show moved back to New York City's Rockefeller Center when Jimmy Fallon replaced Leno as host, marking the end of the 42-year era in which the show had taped from Southern California. [4]

NBC's move to Universal City

Administrative building in 2015 The Burbank Studios office building 2015-01-11.jpg
Administrative building in 2015

In October 2007, NBC announced their plans to move most of its operations from Burbank to a new complex across the street from Universal Studios in Universal City. [5] It would retain offices at the Burbank site until May 2013, though the studio complex was sold to Catalina/Worthe Real Estate Group in 2008 with NBCUniversal leasing space until 2013. The former Technicolor building on the Universal lot serves as the new home to NBC's West Coast Operations. [6] KNBC 4 and NBC News, along with KVEA Telemundo 52, began broadcasting from Universal Studios on February 2, 2014. In addition, production of The Ellen DeGeneres Show moved to the nearby Warner Bros. Studios in 2008.

The Burbank facility was one of the few television-specific studio facilities in Hollywood that offered tours to the general public until they ceased July 6, 2012. [7]

On March 13, 2014, Lawrence O'Donnell announced that his MSNBC broadcast that night would be the last nationally televised network show to be broadcast live from NBC's Burbank studio, with the move of the NBC News Los Angeles bureau to Universal City.

After NBC

On October 2, 2017, Studio 1 became the official home of Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and the Overwatch League, marking Burbank Studios' very first esports broadcast. The inaugural season began on January 10, 2018, in which over 437,000 viewers tuned in live on opening night via Twitch and streaming platforms. [8] The final match was played on September 15, 2019 before the league moved to a home-and-away format.

In 2019, Warner Bros. announced that it is buying the studio which should be completed by 2023 in time for the studio's 100th anniversary. [9] [10]

Program history

Today, the studio houses Days of Our Lives and the IHeartRadio Theater. Programs produced here over the years include:

ProgramNetwork/StationYears TapedStudioNotes
The All-New Jeopardy! NBC1978–19793The present-day syndicated revival of the show (which began in 1984) is currently being taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.
All Star Secrets NBC1979
All That Nickelodeon2019–present9
The Andy Williams Show NBC1962–1967; 1969–19714
An Evening with Fred Astaire
(TV special)
Baffle NBC1973–1974
Battlestars NBC1981–1982; 19833
The Big Game NBC19584
Blank Check NBC19754
Blockbusters NBC1980–1982; 19871, 2, 3, 4
Bullseye Syndication1980–19813,4
Card Sharks NBC1978–19813, 4CBS version taped at Television City from 1986 to 1989, syndicated version taped at Tribune Studios from September to December 2001, ABC version taped at Television City from 2019 onward
Celebrity Sweepstakes NBC, Syndication1974–19779
Chain Letter NBC1966
Chain Reaction NBC19802, 4Syndicated version taped at CFCF-TV in Montreal, Quebec from 1986 to 1991; GSN version taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City from 2007 to 2008 and at an unknown location from 2015 to 2016
Channel 4 News KNBC 1962–20145"N",10KNBC moved to a studio near Universal Studios Hollywood in 2014
Chico and the Man NBC1974–19781
Classic Concentration NBC1987–19913
Cousins for Life Nickelodeon20189
C.P.O. Sharkey NBC1976–19783
Days of Our Lives NBC1965–present9, 2 & 4
The Dean Martin Show NBC1965–19742
Dream House NBC1983–19843
Dog Eat Dog NBC2002–20031
The Don Knotts Show NBC1970–19712
Danger Force Nickelodeon2020–present11
The Don Rickles Show NBC1968–19692
Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special
(TV special)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Syndication2003–200811Production moved to Warner Bros. Studios in 2008
Extra Syndicated2019—presentNewsroom
Fight Back! with David Horowitz Syndication1980–19925"P"
The Flip Wilson Show NBC1970–19742
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music
(TV special)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air NBC1993–199611
The Funny Side NBC1971–1972
Game Shakers Nickelodeon2015–20189
Generations NBC1989–1991
Go NBC1983–19842
The Gong Show NBC, Syndication1976–19783
Henry Danger Nickelodeon2014–201911
High Rollers NBC1974–1976; 1978–198031987–88 version taped at Television City
Hit Man NBC19834
Hollywood Squares NBC, Syndication1966–1980; 1986–19873Production moved prior to 1987–1988 season; 1998–2004 version taped at Television City
Hot Potato NBC19842
The Howie Mandel Show Syndication1998-19991
iHeartRadio Theater The CW 2013–present3
In the House NBC, UPN 1995–1999
I'll Bet NBC1965
It Could Be You NBC1956–1961
It Pays to Be Ignorant Syndication1973–1974
It Takes Two NBC1969–1970
It's Anybody's Guess NBC19773
It's Your Bet Syndication1969–1973
The Jay Leno Show NBC2009–201011
The John Davidson Show Syndication1980–19812
Just Men! NBC19832
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC2005–20099
Let's Make a Deal NBC, Syndication1963–1968; 1984–1985; 20031, 4CBS version tapes at Raleigh Studios from 2015 onwards; formerly taped at the Tropicana Resort & Casino from 2009 to 2010 and at Sunset Bronson Studios from 2010 to 2014
Letters to Laugh-In NBC19692
Lotsa Luck NBC1973-1974
Match Game–Hollywood Squares Hour NBC1983–19843
Make Your Own Kind of Music NBC1971
Mindreaders NBC1979–19803,4
The Midnight Special NBC1972–19832, 4
The Nat King Cole Show NBC1956–19572
Night Court NBC1983–1991Production moved to Warner Bros. Studios in 1991–92
Overwatch League ABC, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2 [11] 2018–20191
PDQ Syndication1965–1969
Password Plus NBC1979–19821,2,3,4
People are Funny NBC1956–1961; 19843
People Will Talk NBC19633
Punky Brewster Syndication1987–198811
Real People NBC1979–1984
The Robert Irvine Show The CW2016–20181
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In NBC1968–19733
Sale of the Century NBC, Syndication1983–19893
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show NBC19662
Sanford and Son NBC1972–19773
Santa Barbara NBC1984–199311
Saved by the Bell NBC1989–1993
Saved by the Bell: The New Class NBC1993–2000
Scrabble NBC1984–1990; 19932, 3
Sonny with a Chance Disney Channel 2008–200911
Super Password NBC1984–19891, 32008 incarnation known as Million Dollar Password taped at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City, then CBS Studio Center
Supermarket Sweep Pax TV 2001–200311
Time Machine NBC1985
To Say the Least NBC1977–1978
To Tell the Truth NBC, Syndication1990–1991; 2000–20021, 11
The Tonight Show
(Johnny Carson and Jay Leno)
NBC1972–2009; 2010–20141, 3, 11Currently taped at Rockefeller Center
Three for the Money NBC1975
This Is Your Life NBC1958–19613
Truth or Consequences NBC1960–19651, 3
Tomorrow NBC1973–1974; 1977–19791, 5
Twenty One NBC20001
Vicki! Syndication1992-19943
The Weakest Link NBC, Syndication2001–20031
The Weird Al Show CBS 1997-199811
Welcome Back, Kotter ABC1975–1976
What's This Song? NBC1964–1965
Wheel of Fortune NBC, Syndication1975–19892, 4Taped at CBS Television City from 1989 until 1995. Currently taped at Sony Pictures Studios since 1995
Wordplay NBC1986–19874
You Bet Your Life/The Groucho Show NBC1960–19613
You Don't Say! NBC1963–19693
Your Number's Up NBC19852

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