The Dr. Oz Show
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|The Dr. Oz Show|
|Created by||Oprah Winfrey|
|Presented by||Mehmet Oz, MD|
|Opening theme||High Way to Health|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||687
(as of November 12, 2012)
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Harpo Productions
Sony Pictures Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television Distribution|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||September 14, 2009 – present|
The Dr. Oz Show is an American syndicated television talk show, hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and teaching professor at Columbia University who became famous for his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show from 2004 until 2009.
The show, which debuted on September 14, 2009, is co-produced by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television Distribution, is the second Oprah spin-off series featuring a regular guest (Dr. Phil being the first), and marks the first time that Winfrey's company has partnered with another studio outside of the current CBS Television Distribution, which co-produces her series as well as her other series (assumed to be because The Dr. Oz Show is in direct competition with the Dr. Phil spinoff The Doctors, which CTD distributes). Shows are taped in Studio 6A at NBC Studios in New York, which is best known as the home of Late Night with David Letterman from 1982 to 1993 and Late Night with Conan O'Brien from 1993 to 2009. In the first season, the show was nominated for an Emmy in best informative talk show and Dr. Oz took home an Emmy for best talk show host. The show has been renewed for a third season and launched on September 12, 2011 with a new studio set. The show's fourth season premiered on September 10, 2012.
The Dr. Oz Show has a full-time in-house medical unit made up of researchers, medical producers and physicians. The medical unit works daily with Dr. Oz and producers in developing, writing and producing show segments. The medical unit also evaluates and approves all products that appear on the show. The medical unit reportedly receives over 200 unsolicited product pitches every month.
Profiling Dr. Oz in The New Yorker, Michael Specter noted instances of Dr. Oz inviting controversial guests onto his show. One example is Jeffrey Smith, an activist against genetically modified food. “Oz identified Smith as a scientist,” Specter wrote, “but Smith has no experience in genetics or agriculture, and has no scientific degree from any institution.” Specter also criticized Oz because he “seems to have moved more firmly into the realm of tenuous treatments for serious conditions.” Oz replied that he sees himself as a mediator and wants to provide many differing points of view, even if they are looked down upon by the conventional medical community.
Arsenic in Apple Juice 
Oz drew criticism from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in September 2011 after reporting that an independent toxicology laboratory the show hired found arsenic levels in some apple juice samples to be above the limit FDA allows in drinking water. The FDA sent a letter to Dr. Oz stating that the tests did not distinguish between inorganic arsenic, a carcinogen, and organic arsenic, not considered harmful.
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- Michael Specter. The Operator: Is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good? The New Yorker, Feb. 4, 2013.
- Dr. Oz slammed over apple juice arsenic warning The Associated Press, Sept. 16, 2011.
- Official website
- The Dr. Oz Show at the Internet Movie Database
- The Dr. Oz Show at TV.com
- Oprah Winfrey to say goodbye to Dr. Oz
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