Corona changes talk shows: “Markus Lanz” remains without an audience

Corona is changing talk shows
“Markus Lanz” remains without an audience

Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, TV talk shows have had no studio audience. When are they returning? With “Hart aber fair” and “Maischberger” the television makers are already looking forward to this day, others are still hesitant. With “Markus Lanz”, on the other hand, the more intimate conversational situation will remain.

The talk show “Markus Lanz” finally says goodbye to the studio audience concept. The producer and editor-in-chief of the talk format, Markus Heidemanns, said: “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 talks are much more intense.”


Böhmermann without spectators? Those times are over for now.

(Photo: ZDF and Jens Koch)

In the corona pandemic, many talk shows and other TV shows have not had an audience for safety reasons. Some of them have guests in the studio again. On Friday evening, for example, satirist Jan Böhmermann presented his show “ZDF Magazin Royale” to a larger studio audience for the first time.

Because of the pandemic, the chairs between the guests at “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 returning to studio audiences? The editors of the program “Anne Will” said: “We have not yet decided whether and when we will return to production with a studio audience. We continue to monitor the current situation of the Covid pandemic.” Even with “Maybrit Illner” this is not yet known.

Maischberger will wait until May

The show “Hart aber fair” with Frank Plasberg continues to focus on studio audiences. “A good talk show is always an arena. Our guests’ arguments are best fought in front of an audience.” We are really looking forward to being able to broadcast in front of an audience again. “As soon as it is possible and responsible, we will welcome viewers to our studio as usual and without a changed concept.”

The program “Maischberger – Die Woche” also said: “Our audience concept was developed for our new studio set, with which we then started in the middle of the Corona pandemic – but unfortunately without an audience. That’s why we are particularly happy, finally and hopefully to be able to welcome regular audiences to our show again from May 3rd.” The program lives not least from the reactions of the audience in the studio.

From “Hart aber fair” it said: “When we suddenly had to broadcast without an audience, our large studio suddenly seemed very empty. That was and still is not a good feeling.” The guests also had to be dealt with further. “But our show was always based on exactly the opposite: no leaning back in the armchair, no physical distance between the guests, more closeness and therefore more directness.”