Wednesday, September 28, 2016

KHOU 11 building new set; operating from temporary studio

While a new set is being built, KHOU 11's newscasts are now temporarily being done from 'Great Day Houston's' set

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KHOU 11 is getting a newscast set and the temporary one might have fooled some viewers since it looks pretty much the same as before.

"We're in a new location, we've lost our lease," joked new morning anchor Russ Lewis in a video posted to Facebook. "We've had to move out to a new location."

"We've moved next door to the 'Great Day [Houston]' studios," added co-anchor Rekha Muddaraj. "So this is typically where the audience sits for 'Great Day.'"

In the video, Lewis takes us on a tour of the studio. He opens a fridge on the talk show's set and finds a Corona. Fitting since it is actually National Drink Beer Day.

Isn't everyday now some kind of marketing created celebration of a product? Years ago I tried to get in on the action by begging then Houston Mayor Annise Parker to create "Mike McGuff Day." Notice you haven't celebrated my day yet. Anyone reading this have an in with Mayor Sylvester Turner?

We also learned that the weather and traffic green chroma-key wall is now down the hall in its own room.

According to my posts, KHOU 11 launched the last newscast set in 2011. And last year introduced a giant screen that would make any NFL fan drool.

Channel 11 is the only Houston English language television station I've never stepped a foot inside, so I don't have any great insight on its studio. I can say on TV it looks smaller than what the other stations have to work with.

A fellow media watcher wrote me, who appears to know way more about TV studio sets than I do, and offered these scenarios:

It'll be interesting to see whether the new KHOU set will be a carbon-copy of KING and KUSA sets (by Jack Morton PDG), or whether it'll be something original (like Devlin or FX).

The anchor's posts on Facebook say the new set will be ready in November.

- KTRK abc13 debuts new set
- KPRC 2 launches new set for 2013
- Univision 45 KXLN unveils new set
- Bruce Aleksander, longtime Houston TV lighting director-designer, gets honored

(Thanks Eric and Robin)


  1. Wondering what KHOU-TV's new studio set will look like ?

    1. If you look up the set to their sister station in Seattle, it should be almost identical.

  2. I certainly hope they don't get one of the bizarro sets from FX.

  3. This year, TEGNA has done new sets for KARE, KGW, KING, and KUSA... KHOU is working on their new set. Hopefully TEGNA will get around to WUSA and WFAA very soon.

  4. Fox 26 has two studios that each are at least three or four times the size of KHOU's news studio. In fact, I think that the reason that KHOU does not have robotic studio cameras is that there is not room enough for them to maneuver.

    1. They acquired robotic cameras in early August.

  5. Mike.You are correct. It is "space challenged"! I did work there. I was there when Sid Lasher was the Weather caster. I think it may be "Bruce Alsexander's Design Group. Just my opinion. It is going to be a challenge. Great Day Houston may be on its way out.

  6. It would feel odd not to see Great Day Houston. Are they going to move to Galleria with Houston Life.

    I really hope the New Set Looks great. Saw the video and couldn't stop laughing and all. Brooks and Darby and even Russ. Lisa away to spend some family time and will be back on Monday. I know the station needed an upgrade but never know what you can do with where you are at and get up to today's technology and more

    But we shall see come November. Wonder if will go in new area for Election Night coverage or after.

    But here's to the New Look.

  7. Their viewers are OLD! Doesn't matter what their new set looks like if they can't get draw in that coveted 25-54 audience.

  8. No matter how fancy the set is, if the air talent sucks, which they do, it will never matter. It's like putting lipstick on a pig.

  9. KENS-TV 5's studio set in San Antonio is excellent!