A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of the Dr. Oz Show

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By: Nicole Romanella, producer at  The Dr. Oz Show and creator of The Monday Dieter. Get more info here

Wondering what a day in the life of a TV show producer looks like? Here is how Monday-Friday begins:

5:00 am: First alarm goes off.

5:02 am: Second alarm goes off.

5:04 am: Third alarm goes off.

Why three alarms? It’s every producer’s biggest fear to oversleep for a morning briefing with Dr. Oz.  

7:00 am: Every day, for the past nine years, morning briefing begins promptly at this hour. The morning briefing consists of Dr. Oz, the executive producer, the supervising producer, the producer (me!) and a member of the medical unit. We are in Dr. Oz’s dressing room. Most of us have our coffee. Dr. Oz always has his green drink and a Greek yogurt with a big bowl of fresh berries.  

As the producer of the segment, I begin to brief Dr. Oz. 

After the briefing, I head straight to the control room where I make any changes to my scripts in the teleprompter.  

8:35 am: Rehearsal begins. We rehearse completely, full out, as if we are doing the actual segments. Our director, Scot, runs all rehearsals. Often, any experts, guests, or celebrities who will be in the segment join rehearsal. If anyone cannot attend rehearsal our fabulous interns stand in for them. During rehearsal, it’s important to have eyes on all graphics and props to make sure they are exactly what is needed.  

After rehearsal, I have about 40 minutes before the taping begins. Those 40 minutes are spent briefing experts, guests or celebrities in the segments. At this time Dr. Oz heads to hair and makeup and the live audience finds their seats. My associate producer is by my side the majority of the morning assisting me with any and all details in preparation for the segments. 

10:00 am: The show starts taping. I meet Dr. Oz backstage, hand him his “blue cards” and do one more run-through of the segment. I head to the producer podium where I watch the segment and time it. I communicate on the headset with my director and supervising producer. In between each segment, I head to the floor to give Dr. Oz a new set of “blue cards” for the upcoming segment. I once again quickly check all props before we begin filming. Filming lasts about one hour. 

The show wraps, the whole team meets Dr. Oz in the control room, and we have a meeting called “post-mortem.” In this meeting, we talk about the show we just filmed. 

Once that’s done, we do it all over again! Same day, another show. 

1:30 pm: Rehearsal begins for our second show. We once again rehearse completely, walking through all segments with guests, graphics, and props. Rehearsal lasts about an hour.

2:30 pm: The second audience for the day finds their seats and the producing teams are putting last minute touches on their segments. 

3:00 pm: The second show starts taping. I once again meet Dr. Oz backstage, hand him his “blue cards” and do one more run-through of the afternoon show segments with him.  

5:00 pm: The show wraps, the whole team meets Dr. Oz in the control and we once again have a meeting called “post-mortem.”

The Dr. Oz show team usually films three days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

It’s a fast-paced day. It’s a highly regimented day. It’s a day where one of the hardest working teams in television makes a show we are all so passionate about with the best host in television. 

Thank you for spending the day with me!

Nicole