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Oprah developing new show for Dr. Oz

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 9th 2008 12:04PM
Dr OzPlease file this item under the "Duh" file: Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oprah's favorite medical expert, is getting a spin-off talk show. Harpo Productions, Oprah's company, is developing a Dr. Oz talk show to commence fall of 2009.

According to insiders, the Harpo team had meetings with distributor in Chicago last month. A medical talker with Doc Oz, which I bet will be called Ask Dr. Oz -- the name of his successful segments on Oprah's show -- would follow in the footsteps of Dr. Phil. Remember, Dr. Phil McGraw began his life as a talker by appearing on Oprah in infrequent hours that were a de facto pilot for his own talk show. Dr. Phil then launched in 2002, as a Harpo production, and has been a big time hit. He's even challenged Oprah in some markets.

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Oprah makes a deal with Kirstie Alley

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 19th 2008 9:03AM
Kirstie and OprahKirstie Alley is coming back to the small screen and Oprah's got her. Harpo Productions has signed Alley for future TV projects. It could be a sitcom like Fat Actress, it could be a talk show, like the one she shopped around last year, but in whatever format, Harpo will be behind it. One definite possibility would be for Kirstie to appear in a show on OWN, the new Oprah Winfrey Network, which used to be Discovery Health Channel.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Jan 7th 2008 8:02PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today, on TV Squad Daily:
  • Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel will guest on each other's shows this week, and the WGA is threatening disciplinary action against Leno for writing his own jokes and performing a monologue.
  • Dr. Phil isn't helping anything. (Update: later in the day today, Dr. Phil canceled the Britney Spears episode of his show for tomorrow...)
  • It's looking more and more like you won't be seeing the the Golden Globes on TV this year.
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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Dr. Phil says Lynne Spears is a great mother. No, really!

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 24th 2007 5:01PM

Dr. Phil says Lynne Spears is a dedicated mother...in a parallel universe!Dr. Phil McGraw has lost all credibility in my eyes. Not that he had a lot of credibility in my eyes to begin with, mind you -- I have never been a fan of his down-home, pop psychology. However, his latest statements really put the capper on the fact that he doesn't seem to know what he's talking about.

During a holiday party in Beverly Hills this past weekend, Dr. Phil told People magazine that Lynne Spears, mother to Britney and recently pregnant, 16-year-old Jamie Lynn, is a "great and dedicated mother". He admits that things aren't looking up for her right now (ya think?), but McGraw adds that the Spears matriarch has her feet firmly on the ground and that she is turning to her faith for strength in this situation. In fact, Lynne told her friend Dr. Phil that they are turning to prayer to get past this all. No offense, but she must be praying nearly 24 hours a day.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Nov 16th 2007 4:41PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog: I apologize for the bad sound quality; I'm live from a golf cart. Have a great weekend!
  • CBS says they aren't out to get Dan Rather.
  • Please watch out for trucks. Don't be like Dr. Phil, who just got hit by one.
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Oct 5th 2007 4:35PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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Easy listening TV?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 25th 2006 12:28PM
What About BrianInteresting piece in Slate today, on all of the TV shows on ABC that writer Troy Patterson calls a "nauseating lineup of yuppie dramas."

Which shows is he talking about? You can probably guess: Men In Trees, Brothers & Sisters, What About Brian, and Six Degrees. I think that Patterson's whole viewpoint can be summed up with this paragraph:

These shows share a view of the human mind modeled on Dr. Phil's and an aesthetic sense shamelessly cribbed from a Pottery Barn catalog. When you watch them, you're mostly watching people feel bad over beverages. Despite it's pseudo-literary ambitions, the genre's got a certain soap-operatic streak, and the soap's an orange-lavender bath wash.

Ouch.

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The 100 Unsexiest Men

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2006 4:12PM
Dr. PhilNo, no, no, no, no, no! This isn't my list, it's another list from Ryan Stewart (along with Bill Jensen this time) at The Boston Phoenix.

Among the 100: Gilbert Gottfried, Roger Ebert, Randy Johnson, Dr. Phil, Alan Colmes, Michael Jackson, Jerry Seinfeld, Carrot Top, Edward James Olmos, Andy Dick, and Larry David.

Oh, and for good measure, they also throw in ... Brad Pitt.

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Hide the kids! Dr. Phil is ready to rock!

by Joel Keller, posted May 5th 2006 5:40PM
Dr. PhilWell, "rock" is a relative term here. Dr. Phil McGraw, noted "expert" on every aspect of people's lives, will appear at a benefit concert with Christina Aguilera, Andrea Bocelli, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, and Martina McBride (see? Not a rock star in the bunch) to raise money for after-school programs. The concert, nerdily dubbed JCPenney Jam, will air on CBS on August 22.

Sounds like it's gonna suck. Oh, well. At least it's for a good cause.

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Jeez alou, I do love nutty daytime talk show guests

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 26th 2006 8:06PM
Dr. Phil and the tragic heavy legsI'm transitioning from an IT career to one of a full-time freelance writer. Because of this, I'm spending more time at home during the day. And, despite my better judgement, I leave the TV on in the background while I work. I've been getting in the habit of putting on Dr. Phil at 3:00, and, while I think Phil's a blowhard who often states the obvious, I do like seeing him yell at the idiots that come on his show.

Case in point: today, a couple comes on to talk about the major strife in their marriage. It's so troubling, that the woman, a mature, pretty and intelligent blonde, breaks down and cries. What's the problem? Infidelity? Health problems? Money issues?

Nope, it's none of those things.

She's got "heavy legs".

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American Idol: Ryan's Beard

by Lacy Hall, posted Apr 5th 2006 11:45AM

american idolLast night's Idol was one of the liveliest shows in the past few weeks. Not because of the performances, but because of everybody else. First off , Whoopi and Chris Rock? When I first spotted them in the crowd, I rewinded my DVR five times to verify that it was them. On the fourth rewind, I had them pegged as impersonators...and darn good ones. But nope, it was them. How funny is it that Chris Rock & Whoopi show up on country night? They're both huge Kenny Rodgers fans, I'm sure.

And it appears that Ryan (like so many men recently) has gone the way of the beard.  

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Dr. Phil guest charged with bigamy

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 4th 2006 12:03PM

dr philMaybe I'm just lazy or I lack initiative, but if I were going to commit a crime, I don't think it would be bigamy. Trying to juggle that many secret lives just takes way too much effort, you know? I'm just saying.

Anyway, a man who appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil was arrested recently for bigamy. Charles Edward Hicks had been married seven times in forty years. The show focused on two women who had learned recently they had both been married to Hicks. What Hicks didn't count on was that the sister of his girlfriend was watching the show and called authorities. He'll be sentenced on May 8 and could face as much as ten years in prison.

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