The air on this set is a mix of excitement and electricity. And it starts from the top down in this case originating with Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Fox cameras got a sneak peak of the upcoming fifth season of "The Dr. Oz Show" the mantra of which is being called "a healthy dose of fun."
"So I spent four years getting my game together and pulling together a bunch of folks that I think will allow us to go into the atmosphere this year," Dr. Oz said. "Doing shows that I didn't think we could do before. Making them big, loud, noisy, informative of course but most important, I want to transform people."
Dr. Oz and his producers are adding new elements to the show. Don't worry; the use of props to keep it real for viewers is still there. But the set will be different. Over the summer, production moved into a larger studio.
Another component of the show will be the periodic use of celebrities who may have a connection to the medical topic being discussed. I'm no celebrity by any means. I just stood in during rehearsals until this episode's true guest assistant arrived -- Cedric the Entertainer.
"Sometimes they're going to be singers and politicians or entertainers and comedians but at the end of the day what I want is their souls," Dr. Oz said. "I want to have a soulful program with someone you recognize helping tell the story to you."
But it wasn't the buzz over his new season that unexpectedly made international headlines in late august. Dr. Oz was at a meeting in Midtown Manhattan when a taxi cab jumped the curb and severed the foot of a British tourist.
Dr. Oz heard the commotion and ran outside to assist and supervise lifesaving efforts until paramedics got on scene. This was just days after he rushed to the aid of a collapsed runner during a 5K event he was emceeing in Salt Lake City.
"Remember, my calling is a doctor," he said. "It always has been, it always will be. It is what I derive the most joy from."
With 700 episodes now under his belt and the same aw-shucks attitude about his show's cultural impact leading up to this fifth season, for Dr. Oz the moment is now.
"But most importantly I want to transform people," he said. "I want them to sit back, laugh, have a good time and at the end of every hour think: my goodness my life just changed today."
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