Times Square Studios
|Times Square Studios|
Viewed from Times Square
|Location||Manhattan, New York City|
|Current tenants||-Good Morning America|
Assorted other ABC News and ESPN programs (see article for others)
|Owner||The Walt Disney Company|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Walt Disney Imagineering|
Times Square Studios (TSS) is an American television studio owned by The Walt Disney Company, located on the southeastern corner of West 44th Street and Broadway in the Times Square area of the borough of Manhattan. The studio is best known as the production home of ABC News' Good Morning America (GMA), a morning news and talk program, segments for other ABC News programs, and various programs on ESPN.
Times Square Studios is on the site of the former Hotel Claridge, built in 1911. In 1972, the hotel was demolished and the current structure, which housed the National Theater, and a Beefsteak Charlie's restaurant, was built. The theater closed in 1998.
The New York Times felt that Times Square Studios was meant to be a response to the "Window on the World" Studio 1A NBC had launched at Rockefeller Center for its morning show Today in 1994—which marked an era of dominance for the program over ABC's competing Good Morning America. It was argued that Disney needed its own on-air showpiece in a prominent location, and that "a dynamic Manhattan street scene is now considered an essential production element for a morning show".
The facility was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney's design and development arm, and its senior vice president of concept design Eddie Sotto. The team also worked with Roger Goodman, ABC's vice president for special projects, on its facilities for Good Morning America. Sotto stated that the design of the building was meant to symbolize a "looking glass" and the idea of "media as architecture". The facade of the building also features a video screen and a pair of news tickers, both of which are upgraded with state-of-the-art display technology every few years.
Productions at Times Square Studios
- Good Morning America and Good Afternoon America — ABC News morning breakfast television news and talk program and its temporary summer 2012 afternoon counterpart
- Strahan, Sara and Keke — The permanent Good Morning America afternoon counterpart, premiered September 2018
- Pandemic: What You Need to Know — A temporary daily hard news replacement for SS&K during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve (Times Square Countdown New Year Celebrations) — ABC's New Year's Eve telecast
- ABC News Election Night coverage, biennially every first November Tuesday since 2000
- ABC 2000 Today — ABC News coverage of the turn of the millennium celebrations from December 31, 1999, into January 1, 2000
- ABC & ESPN — National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-game and half-time updates
- Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, 2017 (New York City portions)
- ESPN College Football — some weekly and Scoreboard coverage, an episode of College GameDay in 2017.
- Good Morning America Weekend — The weekend version of Good Morning America; outside of special events, the program is recorded at ABC News main studio at the ABC Television Center in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan; a Times Square backdrop is projected onto the set's rear-projection screen for continuity purposes
- Nightline — ABC News late-night news program
- Olbermann — ESPN2
- 20/20 — ABC News television-newsmagazine program
- Primetime — ABC News television-newsmagazine program