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Sunday, February 13, 2005
Valentine's Day with Tony Danza
I'm in the red shirt, holding a champagne glass and snuggled next to Tony I had been trying to get tickets to Tony Danza's morning talk show since it premiered in September. I grew up watching Who's The Boss each week and Taxi reruns and have always loved him, maybe because he is Italiano like me.

Anyway, I couldn't get tickets because the show was always filled. But a couple months ago I noticed on ABC's site it said, "Attention Single Women in NY." I clicked on the link and it asked if I'd like to attend a special Valentine's taping of The Tony Danza Show. I entered my name and forgot all about it. Then a few weeks ago I received a call on my cell phone asking if I still wanted to go to a taping. I said sure, but asked what I had to do? I was afraid they would be setting me up on TV or something. It turns out the audience is going to be full of single women, and single men are gonna come out and give us gifts. So, I wasn't going to say no to a taping AND free gifts. The intern on the phone also mentioned we might all be going out to lunch with Tony afterward! How cool is that?

So me and my girlfriend went to the live taping Valentine's Day morning. We were told that we had to wear red or pink.

If anything, I hope to ask about the tattoo on his arm. I used to always look for it on Who's the Boss, but could never really see what the picture was of. I know it says "Keep On Truckin," but underneath that I think its a cartoon of a man walking? or ribbons? urghh it's been annoying me for years.

Taping Recap
OMG! It was amazing! Did anyone watch the show? I might not have gotten a car like the Oprah audience BUT we all received a free 2-night 3-day trip to Marco Island in FL! The trip is valued at $870! I have to pay taxes on it though, but big deal. I'm still in shock over the tons of free gifts that we got.

OK let me back track a bit. Our audience full of women was instructed to go outside and help film Tony's intro bit. We all had to scream "Live from New York!" This is when I saw Desperate Housewives guest, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, enter the building. He was really shy and sweet and nodded to everyone and shook my friend's hand. He looks better looking in person. The show for some reason makes him seem darker and heavier than he is.

Anyway after that we went back in the studio to watch the show. Tony did a push up contest with Ricardo and won. Since Tony won everyone in the audience won a box of Givere chocolates and EchoWomen Perfume by Davidoff--it's new.

Tony by the way looked great, in a red shirt and black pin stripe suit. He's tiny in person though. He also did little tap dancing steps during the commercial breaks for the audience. He said he learnt after an episode of Taxi had the cast pretend to tap dance, but he decided it would be fun to really learn so he did.

Also Tony announced in the beginning that all the women present would get Message Connextion bracelets, which cost $200! Everyone of course thought that was great.

During one of the commercial breaks, I was able to ask Tony about his tattoo. :) He said he no longer has it, since he had it removed. It did say Keep On Truckin though and had a Mr. Natural cartoon underneath. Thus, I was right it is a cartoon man taking wide steps.

The next guest was an animal expert, who had the cutest puppies on and a big bunny. We were all given another gift, a CD of Elvis love songs called: Love, Elvis

There was still another surprise though, over a hundred single men came out and gave each of us a bouquet of assorted colored roses.

From the calls I got after the taping, I was apparently in several of the camera shots and one close-up right after they announced the free trip. Great, so my mouth was probably open or I was screaming like a wacko. lol.

After the taping Tony took everyone on a Spirit Lunch Cruise around the Statue of Liberty. Too bad the weather was so icky out, it was sleeting when we went around the statue. While aboard I was able to take a group photo with Tony and give him a quick hug. Yay! I also met two girls that are from my town in CT but who I hadn't known and some nice guys too. My group of new friends and I went out to a bar in Chelsea when the cruise ended.

Oh by the way The Tony Danza Show has been renewed for another season.

Posted by Tara at 9:01 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2005 7:07 AM PDT

Monday, February 14, 2005 - 6:08 AM PST

Name: Jay
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I'm watching as we speak, but there must be a problem here in Canada, it's only a rebroadcast of the 100th you in the crowd at all. Darn it all. Hope you had fun!

Monday, February 14, 2005 - 5:30 PM PST

Name: The Cranky Liberal
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Tony Danza has a show? Is it any good?

Anyhow that sounds like fun Tara. And congrats on winning the trip and heading down to my neck of the woods. Hope you enjoy it :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - 8:14 PM PST

Name: SL

Good for you, Tara! Free stuff is always the best! I remember Tony Danza's was very 70's. As for the Elvis CD, I love The Wonder Of You. And the Hawaiian Wedding Song. I love Elvis. *grin*

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 12:26 AM PST

Name: Jay
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Oh, I'm sad I missed it now. Well, maybe the Canadian networks just got wise to the fact that American TV loves our ratings, but we're never invited to tapings, and we're never elligible to win anything...maybe they just don't want to upset us by watching other people get free stuff again! Very cool for you though.

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 3:54 PM PST

Name: Tara

Sorry you didn't get to see the episode Jay, maybe they'll air it another time or something.

Sometimes the talk shows do tapings in Canada for a week or two. Didn't Conan and Letterman do that once? You'll just have to come visit NYC, it's a great excuse ;)


Friday, April 1, 2005 - 2:42 PM PST

Name: Mike


I was one of the guys that they gathered up for the show.

I'm dying to get a hold of the pictures that Tony's photographer took. Do they have a site that you got this picture from???

Please, please email me and let me know.

Thank you very much in advance for any info you can give me.


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