The talk show “Markus Lanz” finally bids farewell to the studio audience concept. Producer and editor-in-chief of the talk format, Markus Heidemanns, told the German Press Agency: “We will no longer have a studio audience.”
The reason he gave was that without an audience, the conversation between the moderator and the guests had improved. “The conversations are much more intense.”
In the corona pandemic, many talk shows and other TV shows have not had an audience for security reasons. Some of them now have guests in the studio again. On Friday night, for example, satirist Jan Böhmermann presented his show “ZDF Magazin Royale” to a larger studio audience for the first time.
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Due to the pandemic, the chairs between the guests on “Markus Lanz” are currently a little further apart than before. Heidemanns said: “At some point we want to reduce the distances between the chairs again.”
Are other political talk shows making a comeback to studio audiences?
When asked by dpa, the editors of the show “Anne Will” said, “We haven’t decided yet if and when we’ll go back into production with a studio audience. We continue to monitor the current situation of the Covid pandemic.” This is not yet known in “Maybrit Illner”.
The “hart aber fair” show with Frank Plasberg continues to focus on studio audiences. “A good talk show is always a stage. Disputing the opinion of our guests is best carried out in front of an audience.” We can’t wait to be able to broadcast in front of an audience again. “As soon as possible and responsibly, we will welcome viewers to our studio as usual and without changing the concept.”
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The show “maischberger.die woche” also said: “Our audience concept was developed for our new studio set, which we then started in the middle of the corona pandemic, unfortunately without an audience.” That is why we are particularly pleased to finally be able to welcome regular audiences to our show again, hopefully starting on May 3.” The show lives above all on the reactions of the audience in the studio.
Of “tough but fair” he said: “When we suddenly had to broadcast without an audience, our big studio suddenly seemed very empty. That was not and still is not a good feeling.” Guests also had to be discussed further. “However, our show was always based on the exact opposite: no lounging on couches, no physical distancing between guests, more closeness and therefore more openness.” (dpa)