As if The View wasn’t already a dystopian nightmare fueled by Meghan McCain’s toxic fumes, here comes the COVID-19 pandemic to really put a button in it. According to Deadline, The View is just one of many daytime TV staples forgoing a live studio audience “out of an abundance of caution,” which is a phrase so prevalent these days, it might just eclipse “thoughts and prayers” in our national discourse. Joining The View in an hollow studio to perform a pantomime of breezy nonchalance are Live With Kelly and Ryan, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Tamron Hall, The Wendy Williams Show, Rachael Ray, and Dr. Phil. Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune will also be lighting up that “applause” button for absolutely no one.
They really could just do the theme songs as far as I’m concerned, but ABC is going all out again for Live In Front Of A Studio Audience which will air next Wednesday. Last year, LIFOASA presented All In The Family and The Jeffersons. This year, according to Deadline, AITF is coming back, but they’ve replaced The Jeffersons with Why Ain’t Florida Evans Thicc? I mean, Good Times featuring Viola Davis as Florida Evans and Andre Braugher as the doomed James Evans.