‘Extra’ relocates to Universal Studios

Syndicated entertainment and news magazine “Extra” will relocate to Universal Studios in Los Angeles for its 19th season starting today.

The show, was produced from an indoor studio with a variety of sets from its 1994 debut to 2010, when it moved to an outdoor location at The Grove at Farmers Market. At this location, the show was sans set — instead relying on the outdoor mall’s storefronts and passerby as its background.

At Universal Studios, the show will originate from in front of the globe fountain, the iconic rotating metal version of the studio’s logo, as well as the Five Towers stage. Both venues will allow for members of the public to gather around the taping area, similar to the setup at The Grove.

The Five Towers stage, which is part of the Universal CityWalk Hollywood entertainment venue, will also play host to live performances for the show.

The show’s producers are billing the move as a one that puts it as the intersection of the entertainment industry — a bit of an ironic choice of words considering “Extra” is produced by Warner Brothers subsidiary Telepictures Productions (in fact, “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” also a Telepictures production, relocated from Universal Studios to Warner Studios in 2008). That said, Universal and Warner Brothers do have multiple business relationships, including that “Ellen” is carried by NBC O&O stations.

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