Photo: The Late Show / CBS
Getting ready for your close-up looks a little different these days.
The show must go on…
…but it can be hard to keep the camera focused. It’s only a matter of time before we get a repeat of one of the funniest live-TV moments in recent memory.
Meantime, on-air personalities are resorting to all sorts of DIY defense tactics to keep up appearances:
- One CNBC correspondent turned a guest room into a makeshift TV studio — with a sign that tells the kids when it’s safe to enter.
- The Fox News anchor Dana Perino distracted her dog with a jar of PB that was on its last legs.
But sometimes, TVFH goes off script
Last weekend, another Fox News anchor — Janine Pirro — went live with her first from-home broadcast. Her on-camera mannerisms were so weird that the internet speculated she’d had a few too many before the cameras started rolling.
Pirro and the network blamed technical difficulties — and Pirro herself told one critic to “Keep hating. U wear it well.”
Viewers don’t seem to mind a little static
Fox News just reported its biggest ratings quarter ever.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” was the top-rated show in the US 3 out of 4 weeks in March, averaging ~11m viewers a night. And CNN — whose anchor Chris Cuomo is dealing with a COVID-19 diagnosis himself — doubled its March viewership from last year.
Guess we can’t watch Netflix 24/7, right? On second thought… don’t answer that.