Dr. Ian Smith returns to reformatted ‘The Doctors’ as new host

Dr. Ian Smith returns to “The Doctors” — this time because the revamped show’s solo host for its thirteenth season premiering Monday (8 a.m.) on WLNY/Ch. 55.

Smith, a doctor and best-selling creator, co-hosted “The Doctors” throughout its sixth season (2014-15) and has solid forward together with his TV and writing profession; his latest e-book, “The Unspoken” — a fictional private-eye thriller out Oct. 1 — is already #1 on Kindle.

So Smith says he was shocked when he bought the decision on a Friday afternoon asking him if he wished to return to “The Doctors,” which moved from LA to a studio in Stamford, Ct. for its new season — and counts Phil “Dr. Phil” McGraw and his son, Jay McGraw, amongst its govt producers.

“I used to be in my backyard weeding on my knees, sweaty and soiled, when a quantity I didn’t acknowledge got here up on my cellphone,” says Smith, 51, who lives in Chicago.  “It turned out it was one of many govt producers of ‘The Doctors.’ We hadn’t spoken in a very long time and she or he mentioned, ‘We’re going to alter the show round, reformat it, and we would like totally different management on the air. Are you prepared to do it?’

“By Monday we have been speaking a few deal. It occurred in a short time and unexpectedly,” he says. “Sometimes issues occur whenever you don’t count on it.”

This season’s theme, “Take Your Power Back,” is an umbrella mantra of types for the way the pandemic has impression everybody,” Smith says.

“This is such an necessary season — maybe a very powerful season within the show’s historical past,” he says. “We gained’t be solely overlaying simply the Xs and Os of drugs like the newest surgical process or dermatological secret. That’s our bread-and-butter, in fact, and we’ll nonetheless be speaking about that, however … we’re additionally increasing to cowl wellness — psychological well being, spirituality — and discovering matters that relate to our viewers.

“We’re doing a e-book membership [encompassing] all kinds of books and we’re doing a section I created known as ‘The Pivot,’ the place we’re speaking to folks with attention-grabbing tales and the way they pivoted throughout COVID of their private {and professional} lives,” he says. “We’ll have COVID-related segments on the right way to date, the right way to guardian, how folks can prepare dinner on a funds and about monetary well being and literacy.

“We’re additionally going to have musicians on the show,” he says. “Music is medication and [musicians] will share their experiences and sing to us.”

Smith will host “The Doctors” within the studio and can interview visitor remotely through Zoom.

“I’m within the studio on my own and the manufacturing employees is smaller than it’s been in previous seasons,” he says. “We need to be extra inventive and there’s a number of know-how to cope with and it doesn’t at all times go easily. My days might be somewhat longer than they might be with a stay viewers.

“We need to encourage, problem and have some enjoyable,” he says. “People have to giggle somewhat extra.”

Source: nypost.com


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