ABC and CBS kick of election week coverage from special studios

In addition to NBC News‘ “Meet the Pressdebuting the network’s election headquarters set, CBS and ABC’s Sunday morning political affairs programs also originated from unique setups Nov. 1, 2020, ahead of the 2020 United States general election.

CBS News‘ “Face the Nation” broadcast from the purpose-built election HQ set inside the ViacomCBS building in Times Square, but the set debuted on “CBS Evening News” on Oct. 26, 2020.

ABC’s “This Week,” which normally splits time between New York and Washington, D.C., used the second floor of the “Good Morning America” studios in Times Square that’s usually home base for “GMA3: What You Need to Know.”

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, “This Week” has largely been originating from the first floor part of the studio, where its moderator, George Stephanopoulos, also anchors “GMA” from on weekdays.

Upstairs, the broadcast took advantage of the large video wall and expandable curved desk built for “GMA3” that proved especially effective during the show’s signature “Powerhouse Roundtable” segment. 

ABC News is planning to use Studio TV3, which is home to “ABC World News Tonight” and other special coverage, at its Upper West Side headquarters for most of its election night coverage.