Thanksgiving 2020: Five things late night TV fans should be thankful for

Jimmy Fallon (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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Late night TV Thanksgiving list: The staff and crews

Late night TV fans were thankful that their favorite shows returned during the pandemic, even if it was remotely. Things got even better when shows like The Tonight Show and Real Time with Bill Maher moved back into their studios and into familiar settings.

We need to be sure we thank the staff and crew working at these shows who made it all possible. While filming on an iPhone and talking over Zoom may seem like it’s easier, we know that behind the scenes it wasn’t always easy to pull off a late night show.

Everyone at home knows that getting work done over Zoom isn’t easy. The same was true for Saturday Night Live and other shows that had to write, edit, produce, and broadcast programs without everyone in the same room.

So while it was Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and others in front of the camera delivering jokes and providing comfort, fans should be thankful for the dedication of those working to make things run as smoothly as possible.

The video above from Real Time shows a little bit of what it was like to produce these shows. Bill Maher made a point to thank his team, a sign that everyone involved is thankful for the talent and professionalism of those working on the other side of the camera.