A New Season Begins
Hey everybody! Well, I’m running around New York City like a chicken with its head cut off getting ready for our opening show.
As I have said, we’re taking the Dr. Phil show to the streets this year — taking it directly to you viewers, where you live physically and emotionally. Today alone, I’ve been talking to people at a hot dog stand next to Madison Square Garden, at the Empire State Building, at Sylvia’s soul food restaurant, even on an Amtrak train, which took me and my crew to Philadelphia and back.
I have to tell you, it feels so good and so right to be talking with people in the real world, because that’s where I come from. Talking to people on the train for example, hardworking people headed in to work, and talking about their challenges — the spirit is amazing, and the sense of humor! HA! I love these people. New Yorkers are hilarious and some do pretty good Dr. Phil impressions!
If you’re in the New York City area Monday the 14th, or in Philadelphia on Wednesday the 16th, I want you come out and join us for our shows. (Click here to find out how to get tickets.) These shows are not only going to be great fun, they are going to usher in a new and unbelievably exciting era for Dr. Phil.
Looking back on the past eight summers that I’ve spent preparing for a new fall season, this one has been, by far, the most challenging. My senior staff and I have been going at it day and night to make our show as relevant and meaningful to you, our viewers, as ever.
I am convinced the world has changed more from the summer of ’08 to the summer of ’09 than at any time previously. Just think about what this country’s economic collapse has done to us. People from every walk of life are consumed with stress, and often, with outright fear. Marriages and families are breaking apart. Men and women are being brought down by depression. They’re turning to drugs and alcohol for some sort of solace. They have no idea what to do with themselves and no idea how to get their lives started again.
And that’s just one problem that has hit us. Add recent trends, such as the Internet explosion that has taken over our kids’ lives — from Facebooking to sexting, to tragically, driving while “intexticated” — and you have a whole other set of problems, some of which no one thought much about a year ago.
In other words, the world is changing at light speed, and we at Dr. Phil have to change with it. As opposed to previous years when my heart told me that many people needed a huge wake-up call to get real about their problems, I sense that now, people know what the problems are and are ready for solutions!
In the past, I may have been in your face. Now, I am committed to having your back. I am still going to be direct and to the point, but this is a time that calls for us to do this together.
I’m ready to rise to that challenge. I don’t shrink from that challenge; not even a little bit. I’m inspired by it, and I’m invigorated by it. I don’t care how corny this sounds, but as I get ready for the launch of our eighth season, I want you to know what a privilege it is to come into your homes in America and around the world. I want you to know how honored I am to be part of your lives. Visiting with so many of you around the east here, has really shown me what the challenges are right now. I take your questions seriously and promise you that I’m not going to let you down. We are in this together and that’s a good thing!
See you out and about. You never know where I might pop up next!
By the way, if you are coming out to join us, be sure to stop at Food Emporium and pick up an eco-friendly, reusable tote bag which has the slogan on it: ‘Sometimes I Just Need to Be Held’ (Hope you get the pun).