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

Dr. Ian Smith returns to “The Docs” — this time because the revamped present’s solo host for its 13th season premiering Monday (eight a.m.) on WLNY/Ch. 55.

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

So Smith says he was stunned when he obtained the decision on a Friday afternoon asking him if he wished to return to “The Docs,” 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 government 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 cellular phone,” says Smith, 51, who lives in Chicago.  “It turned out it was one of many government producers of ‘The Docs.’ We hadn’t spoken in a very long time and she or he mentioned, ‘We’re going to vary the present round, reformat it, and we would like totally different management on the air. Are you keen to do it?’

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

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

“That is such an essential season — maybe a very powerful season within the present’s historical past,” he says. “We gained’t be completely overlaying simply the Xs and Os of medication 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 subjects that relate to our viewers.

“We’re doing a guide membership [encompassing] all kinds of books and we’re doing a phase I created known as ‘The Pivot,’ the place we’re speaking to folks with fascinating tales and the way they pivoted throughout COVID of their private {and professional} lives,” he says. “We’ll have COVID-related segments on find out how to date, find out how 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 present,” he says. “Music is drugs and [musicians] will share their experiences and sing to us.”

Smith will host “The Docs” within the studio and can interview visitor remotely by way of Zoom.

“I’m within the studio on my own and the manufacturing workers is smaller than it’s been in previous seasons,” he says. “We’ve got to be extra artistic and there’s a number of expertise to take care of and it doesn’t all the time go easily. My days will probably be just a little longer than they’d be with a dwell viewers.

“We need to encourage, problem and have some enjoyable,” he says. “Folks must snigger just a little extra.”

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