Dr. Oz “Honored” to Take Over Oprah’s Time Slots

You would think Dr. Mehmet Oz would be sweating bullets as he accepts the time slot throne his boss and friend Oprah Winfrey recently left him when she vacated daytime for cable. Not so says the host of Dr. Oz.

"I don't feel pressured, I feel honored by the spot. I feel a responsibility to give to the audience what she has done so beautiful for 25 years. You really learn this when you're around her a lot. She recognized people don't change what they do based on what they know. They change on what they feel, when you get that visceral awareness in your heart, it's important to do it. So for me, it's all about getting people to trust the good in me. And that trust is not just because they think you are honorable, it's also because they think you're competent. That marriage creates a trust that folks will follow you to."

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Dr. Oz Weighs in on Weight Loss Reality Shows

Daytime Emmy-winning talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz has a lot going on these days. With his TV mentor Oprah Winfrey having vacated the daytime airwaves for her OWN channel, his Dr. Oz talker is inheriting numerous timeslots across the country and finds itself amid a changing daytime landscape, where celebrity talk shows and lifestyle programming are taking over.

One such lifestyle show coming to our screens in January of 2012 is The Revolution, a weight loss docudrama, featuring obese housewives trying to lose massive amounts of weight in a short amount of time. The Revolution, which will take the place of long-running soap opera One Life to Live on ABCwill join such rapid weight loss-themed series as NBC's The Biggest Loser, ABC primetime's recent Extreme Makeover: Weigh Loss Edition and countless others on the TV dial. I asked Oz what he thought of shows like these, which I've dubbed "fat porn" because of America's insatiable appetite for tuning in and watching morbidly obese people struggle to lose weight quickly. Are these shows realistic?

Live Climbs 12 Percent During Reege’s Last February Sweeps; Oprah Stays Flat

Regis Philbin may be ending his run at Live with Regis and Kelly later this year, but his expected departure isn’t hurting the morning show’s ratings. According to Broadcast & Cable, Live with Regis and Kelly’s ratings climbed 12 percent in February.

The Oprah Winfrey Show, in its 25th and final season, was flat in the ratings, but maintained its No. 1 ranking. Her protégés Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz had varying results. Dr. Phil moved up three percent and ranked at No. 2.  The Dr. Oz Show was flat, but tied with Ellen, which improved 4 percent. Meanwhile, Maury rounded out the top 5, up 5 percent for the month.

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