NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The two-time Emmy® Award-winning, critically acclaimed and nationally syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" begins its fourth season Monday, Sept. 10, with brand new episodes that further the mission that made host Mehmet Oz, M.D., and "The Dr. Oz Show" an unparalleled phenomenon and the undisputed venue for our national conversation on health. This season will take the proven methods and topics from close to 600 shows of saving lives and teaching prevention to an entirely new level – with deeper dives into critical areas of health, more viewer curriculum programs that lead to wellness and celebrity guests whose personal health anecdotes offer teachable moments for the audience.
Shows airing during premiere week feature signature elements that have made "The Dr. Oz Show" a hit with viewers: life-saving tools and information; fun ways to deal with embarrassing topics like belly fat and bodily waste; and a first-ever television experiment with "The Dr. Oz Show" audience. Additionally, Dr. Oz launches a fiery campaign against those who subversively capitalize on show topics and use his name to market their products illegally, and First Lady Michelle Obama discusses important changes that will affect every school child in America as part of her effort to combat obesity.
In the season premiere airing Mon., Sept. 10, Dr. Oz is back – and he's mad as hell! He's taking on the companies duping viewers. But first, it's the biggest Oz experiment in television history – 100 women test the popular fat burner that has created a tsunami of attention and unprecedented popularity. "The Dr. Oz Show" medical unit and advisory board put it to the test – tune in to find out what it is and if it's one of the most important discoveries in battling obesity. Then, you may see Dr. Oz's endorsements in stores and online, but are they true? Dr. Oz addresses the companies falsely using his name and image to market vitamins, supplements and foods. See the surprise reaction of Facebook, Amazon and eBay when Dr. Oz confronts them about the rogue marketers using their platforms to falsely associate their products with Dr. Oz's name.
On Tues., Sept. 11, the entire "The Dr. Oz Show" audience puts on the purple gloves – a first for the show – and faces the truth about their health. They'll all be holding a human organ – the one they want to restart now! You've seen Dr. Oz demo hearts, livers and lungs before, but never like this. He shows you how to reverse the damage and get healthy from the inside out – connecting with the body doesn't get more real. Dr. Oz explains how we can restart our bodies today, beginning with the four key organs that are key to changing how long we will live, how good we will feel and even how many pounds we can lose. He's starting with the number-one organ making you feel fat and tired in a show that will teach that it's never too late to start over.
On Wed., Sept. 12, Dr. Oz and First Lady Michelle Obama sit down for the first time on Dr. Oz's stage! In an unbelievably candid and relaxed interview, the First Lady shares her health concerns for her and her family, and how she really feels about the President's diet on the Campaign Trail. Mrs. Obama exclusively discusses two new issues to her Let's Move! initiative. She reveals updates to the Presidential Youth Fitness Program and takes the interview off the couch to teach us her jump-rope work-out – see if Dr. Oz can keep up. Then, Mrs. Obama plays lunch lady to three kid taste-testers, unveiling the new improvements to the federal guidelines for school lunches taking effect this school year. Mrs. Obama will also answer viewer questions and even teach Dr. Oz how to Dougie.
On Thurs., Sept. 13, it's the wildest, most outrageous questions of all time. Dr. Oz is devoting an entire hour to viewers' most agonizing and awkward health problems, starting with the questions too extreme to air – until now! From diarrhea to the mysterious condition known as "camel toe," Dr. Oz takes a deep dive into what's causing your most confounding health problems. Then, Dr. Oz unveils viewers' embarrassing health videos and he welcomes guests whose embarrassing photos sparked amazing health transformations.
On Fri., Sept. 14, 50 women filled with emotional baggage making them fat, tired and sick get one last chance to turn it all around. Dr. Oz asks: what's holding you back from getting healthy? A special audience has packed their metaphorical and physical baggage, but they have no idea Dr. Oz is taking them to Miraval Resort in Tucson, AZ – straight from the studio – for an intervention of a lifetime. Their experience can help you heal, too. Valorie Burton, author of "What's Really Holding You Back," joins Dr. Oz and the group of women on this voyage, and she'll help you move past your worry and doubt to take control of your health for good. It's an hour of breakdowns and breakthroughs – even for Dr. Oz!
Other shows premiering this season include an exclusive interview with Kirstie Alley; a clinic to diagnose silent acid reflux, an asymptomatic version of the cancer-causing condition; and how to stop flesh-eating bacteria from turning deadly.
Last season brought timeslot upgrades across the country, with "The Dr. Oz Show" currently airing as a lead-in to local news in 150 markets, 83 of which are timeslots formerly occupied by "The Oprah Winfrey Show." The show's success in season three saw an overall growth of 17% from season two*, and more than 1.25 million viewers enrolled in the season-long Transformation Nation Million Dollar You health challenge.
About The Dr. Oz Show
The two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning "The Dr. Oz Show", hosted by the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, is now in its fourth season. "The Dr. Oz Show", which is currently seen in 118 countries worldwide, debuted domestically in 2009 with the biggest ratings in nine years in daytime television.
Dr. Oz, the world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, served as health expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including "YOU: The Owner's Manual", "YOU: The Smart Patient", "YOU: On a Diet", "YOU: Staying Young", "YOU: Being Beautiful" and "YOU Having a Baby" as well as the award-winning "Healing from the Heart". He has a regular column in TIME Magazine and O The Oprah Magazine.
Dr. Oz is vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents.
Cleared in over 99% of the country, "The Dr. Oz Show" is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT. "The Dr. Oz Show" is executive produced by Mindy Borman; Amy Chiaro is co-executive producer. The show is filmed in front of a studio audience in Studio 6A in New York's legendary Rockefeller Center.
About Harpo Studios
Harpo Studios creates original TV programming exclusively for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, including "Oprah's Next Chapter," "Oprah's Master Class," "Oprah's Lifeclass," "Iyanla: Fix My Life," and the Emmy® Award-winning "Super Soul Sunday." In addition, the studio co-produces the popular syndicated talk shows "The Dr. Oz Show," "Dr. Phil," and "Rachael Ray." For 25 years, Harpo produced the number-one-rated, award-winning "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication, while Harpo Films is dedicated to high-quality scripted dramatic programming, and Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio on Sirius XM Radio (XM Channel 111 and Sirius Channel 204).
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 120 channel feeds, which are available in more than 142 countries reaching more than 500 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production company Embassy Row and Sony Movie Channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, new 3D channel 3net, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.
*Sept-May - Source: NSS, Live+SD HH GAA%; season 3=(9/12/11-5/20/12); season 2=(9/13/10-5/22/11)
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