A couple of weeks ago, NYIT gave it’s students the opportunity to see the Maury Show in Stamford, Connecticut. This is was super exciting because for the past couple of months one of my best friends and RA, has been interning on the show. Everyday I would hear all about the exciting life of being a production intern. There are some days where they just answer phone calls of people who want to be on the show. The production interns job is to write down their story, so the actual people in charge of the show can pick the guests. Other days, production interns help seat the audience. Although being in production isn’t the career I want, it is always nice to hear about other jobs in the media field.
So bright and early on a Friday, some students from NYIT got on a bus to get to Stanford, Connecticut. The bus ride took 2 hours instead of 1 because the bus driver had no idea where he was going. When we got there, we had to go through security. Then they put us in a waiting room, where they had a cardboard cutout of Maury. There we took pictures and the social media intern came out and started snapchatting us. They also had screens up of the episode of Maury they were taping at that moment.
Finally it was our turn to go on set and see the taping. When we walked in they said NYIT front row. We all literally sat right in the middle, super close to the stage. It was crazy! The set was a lot smaller than they make it seem on the TV. The audience all filed in and they had a very hyped up guy play a game with us, where we had to answer questions about Maury. After that Maury came on stage with his very cute and well trained golden retriever. The taping that day had three cases about paternity. The first guests that came out were two sisters. One of the sister’s boyfriends did not believe the son they had together was his. They fought for a little bit and then the paternity test was revealed. He was the father. Next, the the husband of a wife did not believe his kids were his. He thought the wife was cheating on him with his cousins and friends. It turned out he was the father, but he was a very aggressive and crazy man. The last guest was a very sad lady, whose boyfriend didn’t believe their kid was his. She was very upset because he broke up with her until she could prove the baby was his. In the end the baby was his and they got back together!
It was a very interesting show to see being filmed. While the guests are talking to Maury there is a producer standing next to the camera holding up cards like “Go crazy!” or “Make him kiss your ass!” This is how the show gets the crazy audience and guest reactions. After the filming, we had a small tour of the set. The set that they film Maury on is also used for Jerry Springer. It was a very cool experience to see such an intense show being filmed!