ElBuenCuate on Jan 2nd 2019 at 4:44:53 PM
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ElBuenCuate on Jan 18th 2019 at 11:51:32 AM
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In fiction land, it doesn't matter if you are watching a series, a movie, a commercial, or even a cartoon, they are always live, therefore they can always be interrupted in universe, or the actor will always slip in a horrible way, with no chance of a second take. Is specially ridiculous when is implied that they are doing the exact same thing with each take, yet it's always live.
Very likely that the show will be ruined in some way, or for one of the actors to do something that angers a higher up, but no one is able to stop it, since everybody is seeing it at that moment.
Is important to point that this trope is not "a show that happens to be live" or "a show that happens to be interrupted". This is for a show that is being transmitted live when it would actually make more sense for it to be recorded. Doesn't apply for transmissions that are expected to be live, like news or sports. Is specially ridiculous if done with commercials.
- Lelouch from Code Geass exploits this trope at least twice for his schemes, duping his marks (Mao in the first season, and Schneizel in the second) into thinking they are communicating with him live via a TV screen, whereas in reality, he prerecorded his lines (correctly predicting what they would say) and uses this distraction to sneak up on them within range of his Geass.
- There's a scene in Dragon Ball Z where Cell invades a television studio to announce his Cell Games. In the manga he just barges into the news room which could be justified as a live broadcast, but in the anime he walks through the front door and flies up to the top of the building, crashing through each floor on the way. And the Z Fighters are able to track him by channel hopping, implying EVERY show that studio broadcasts is live.
- In Cats Don't Dance we have Woolie, an elephant that is the mascot of Mammoth Studios, they use him as their Vanity Plate (parodying MGM). Instead of filming him doing his stunt and playing it for all their movies, Woolie has to do the act for every new movie of the studio.
- Toy Story 2. At the end, when the villain has lost the toys he was set to sell for millions, we see him in a commercial where he breaks into tears in the middle of it.
- On The Brady Bunch, Cindy won a spot on a college bowl-type quiz show for elementary school kids. Sure enough, the show was broadcast live, and Cindy froze up when the red camera light came on. And the light was on continuously for duration of the show; no breaks for commercials or anything.
- Subverted the episode "Getting Davy Jones", Jan is desperately trying to meet The Monkees' lead singer while he's in town. When Davy is being interviewed on a local TV program, they race down to the TV studio to catch him before the show is over. When they get there, the station page can't figure out why a teen girl wants to meet the head of the Dept. of Sanitation so much! That's who was being interviewed that day; shows were taped (exactly) 24 hours in advance.
- In Head of the Class, Mr. Moore takes an acting gig playing an Insane Proprietor in a series of late night commercials, all of which air live.
- According to the events in the Futurama episode "Bender Should Not Be Allowed On Television", the Soap Within a Show All My Circuits seems to be shot live (or at the very least, shot without retakes). First one of the robot actors malfunctions in the middle of a scene, which the viewers think it's All Part of the Show. When Bender takes his place and starts going off script, his antics instantly make him an Ensemble Dark Horse before the director has a chance to fire him.
- Subverted in The Simpsons episode, "A Star Is Burns", Burns makes a film celebrating, expectedly, himself. In one scene he falls off his horse and is dragged aimlessly on set. According to Burns, they did actually do twenty re-takes of the scene. That was still the best one.
- South Park
- One episode has the new Terrance and Philip show being shown live when Kyle and his group, Millenials against Canada, takes over the studio. It's notable in that the show is backed by Netflix who dont do live shows.
- The dilemma of "With Apologies To Jesse Jackson" is pivoted when Randy says the n-word on Wheel of Fortune, causing a nationwide scandal. The characters are sure to note the show was broadcast live, which isn't the case for its real life counterpart.
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