‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ does remote broadcast from Towson
Costumed students gathered en masse to represent TU on national television
TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 17, 2011)—Despite the rain, hundreds of students gathered at the West Village Commons last week, after TV talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres tweeted that something big and mysterious was happening at Towson University.
While DeGeneres herself was not there, she tweeted that fans should show up dressed as a book character. In response, students came as Winnie the Pooh, The Man in the Yellow Hat, Pinocchio and other characters from children’s books.
Broadcasting live from Los Angeles via a huge screen, DeGeneres asked the crowd to read and act out a part from her new book, Seriously … I’m Kidding. The antic gave students a chance to win a $5,000 gift card to Barnes & Noble.
In a show that broadcast nationally on Oct. 13, DeGeneres chose the Three Blind Mice, aka TU students Nicole Pacifico, Michael Bell and John Tune, as the winners.
Towson was chosen as the location of the broadcast in part because Aaron Pinkston, one of the producers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show," is from Maryland and suggested Towson University to his fellow producers. According to the show, college students comprise a large part of Ellen's viewing audience.