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I think that "solo spot" has the same meaning, but I don't know the meaning either.

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Have you done any research? – Canis Lupus Mar 9 '13 at 18:37

If you check with CED you would realize


a position or length of time in a show assigned to a specific performer

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In the parlance of television production, a "spot" is simply an appearance role. An actor may say something like "I got a spot in a commercial". They have a role appearing in a commercial.

Aa guest spot is an appearance role for a guest. A guest is someone who is not part of the regular cast.

I have never heard "guest spot" refer to a guest crew member (someone who does not have an appearing role). However, the Tonight Show is a little different from most television productions. Some crew members will frequently have appearance roles while they are doing their regular job (like announcing or operating a camera).

A solo spot follows from this. It simply means appearing alone on screen.

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A person who is set to appear on a talk show makes a "guest spot". See this example:

Matt Damon makes first official guest spot on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'.

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Is there any difference between “to do a guest spot" and "to make a guest spot"? – Dragon Buster Mar 10 '13 at 2:26
"Do a guest spot" sounds much less idiomatic, almost ungrammatical, and I would use "make a guest spot" in every case like this, but I can't see any difference in meaning. However, an expression that you are more likely to hear than either one of these is "makes a guest appearance". – tylerharms Mar 10 '13 at 17:46
Thank you very much for your help! – Dragon Buster Mar 10 '13 at 21:06

Assuming that your TV show has a fixed or "regular" cast or crew, anyone who is not part of this regular cast or crew is new, or a guest.

Guest spot implies that the regular crew members occupy the usual spots , and a guest appearing on the show therefore occupies a guest spot .

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