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|The Burbank Studios|
|Former names||NBC Studios (1951–2014)|
|Type||Television Studios Complex|
|Location|| Burbank, California |
|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).
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.
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.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.
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.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. 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.
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.
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 MLG.tv streaming platforms.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.
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Today, the studio houses Days of Our Lives and the IHeartRadio Theater. Programs produced here over the years include:
|The All-New Jeopardy!||NBC||1978–1979||3||The 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||NBC||1979|
|The Andy Williams Show||NBC||1962–1967; 1969–1971||4|
| An Evening with Fred Astaire |
|The Big Game||NBC||1958||4|
|Blockbusters||NBC||1980–1982; 1987||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Card Sharks||NBC||1978–1981||3, 4||CBS 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, Syndication||1974–1977||9|
|Chain Reaction||NBC||1980||2, 4||Syndicated 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||1962–2014||5"N",10||KNBC moved to a studio near Universal Studios Hollywood in 2014|
|Chico and the Man||NBC||1974–1978||1|
|Cousins for Life||Nickelodeon||2018||9|
|Days of Our Lives||NBC||1965–present||9, 2 & 4|
|The Dean Martin Show||NBC||1965–1974||2|
|Dog Eat Dog||NBC||2002–2003||1|
|The Don Knotts Show||NBC||1970–1971||2|
|The Don Rickles Show||NBC||1968–1969||2|
| Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special |
|The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Syndication||2003–2008||11||Production moved to Warner Bros. Studios in 2008|
|Fight Back! with David Horowitz||Syndication||1980–1992||5"P"|
|The Flip Wilson Show||NBC||1970–1974||2|
| Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music |
|The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||NBC||1993–1996||11|
|The Funny Side||NBC||1971–1972|
|The Gong Show||NBC, Syndication||1976–1978||3|
|High Rollers||NBC||1974–1976; 1978–1980||3||1987–88 version taped at Television City|
|Hollywood Squares||NBC, Syndication||1966–1980; 1986–1987||3||Production moved prior to 1987–1988 season; 1998–2004 version taped at Television City|
|The Howie Mandel Show||Syndication||1998-1999||1|
|iHeartRadio Theater||The CW||2013–present||3|
|In the House||NBC, UPN||1995–1999|
|It Could Be You||NBC||1956–1961|
|It Pays to Be Ignorant||Syndication||1973–1974|
|It Takes Two||NBC||1969–1970|
|It's Anybody's Guess||NBC||1977||3|
|It's Your Bet||Syndication||1969–1973|
|The Jay Leno Show||NBC||2009–2010||11|
|The John Davidson Show||Syndication||1980–1981||2|
|Last Call with Carson Daly||NBC||2005–2009||9|
|Let's Make a Deal||NBC, Syndication||1963–1968; 1984–1985; 2003||1, 4||CBS 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||NBC||1969||2|
|Match Game–Hollywood Squares Hour||NBC||1983–1984||3|
|Make Your Own Kind of Music||NBC||1971|
|The Midnight Special||NBC||1972–1983||2, 4|
|The Nat King Cole Show||NBC||1956–1957||2|
|Night Court||NBC||1983–1991||Production moved to Warner Bros. Studios in 1991–92|
|Overwatch League||ABC, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2||2018–2019||1|
|People are Funny||NBC||1956–1961; 1984||3|
|People Will Talk||NBC||1963||3|
|The Robert Irvine Show||The CW||2016–2018||1|
|Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In||NBC||1968–1973||3|
|Sale of the Century||NBC, Syndication||1983–1989||3|
|The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show||NBC||1966||2|
|Sanford and Son||NBC||1972–1977||3|
|Saved by the Bell||NBC||1989–1993|
|Saved by the Bell: The New Class||NBC||1993–2000|
|Scrabble||NBC||1984–1990; 1993||2, 3|
|Sonny with a Chance||Disney Channel||2008–2009||11|
|Super Password||NBC||1984–1989||1, 3||2008 incarnation known as Million Dollar Password taped at Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City, then CBS Studio Center|
|Supermarket Sweep||Pax TV||2001–2003||11|
|To Say the Least||NBC||1977–1978|
|To Tell the Truth||NBC, Syndication||1990–1991; 2000–2002||1, 11|
| The Tonight Show |
(Johnny Carson and Jay Leno)
|NBC||1972–2009; 2010–2014||1, 3, 11||Currently taped at Rockefeller Center|
|Three for the Money||NBC||1975|
|This Is Your Life||NBC||1958–1961||3|
|Truth or Consequences||NBC||1960–1965||1, 3|
|Tomorrow||NBC||1973–1974; 1977–1979||1, 5|
|The Weakest Link||NBC, Syndication||2001–2003||1|
|The Weird Al Show||CBS||1997-1998||11|
|Welcome Back, Kotter||ABC||1975–1976|
|What's This Song?||NBC||1964–1965|
|Wheel of Fortune||NBC, Syndication||1975–1989||2, 4||Taped at CBS Television City from 1989 until 1995. Currently taped at Sony Pictures Studios since 1995|
|You Bet Your Life/The Groucho Show||NBC||1960–1961||3|
|You Don't Say!||NBC||1963–1969||3|
|Your Number's Up||NBC||1985||2|
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