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20. Filming can be an interesting experience, with one former winner telling the AV Club they waited four-and-a-half hours before entering the studio and spent another 90 minutes taping. And with everyone battling to appear excitable, the shrieks can get so loud that PAs have to wave cue cards with the names of contestants invited to come on down, as they usually can't hear the announcer.
21. And yet the production is quite organized. In his blog, Dobkowitz bragged about how their 11-person staff was "able to produce 6 outstanding hours of first-class programming every week in just four days. None of us had more than 8-10 hour days (including studio hours)." Even better, he continued, "Our operations were so efficient that we had three-day weekends every week and we enjoyed 20 weeks off each year! Needless to say, we were quite a contented staff!"