HLN Lands Dr. Drew…

HLN announced that Dr. Drew will be getting a primetime show on the network in 2011…

Dr. Drew Pinsky Joins HLN Prime Time Lineup

Dr. Drew Pinsky, the renowned doctor who has helped audiences across a spectrum of tv and radio programs for more than two decades, will be joining HLN’s prime time programming block. Announced today by Scot Safon, executive vice president in charge of HLN, the new program will launch in Spring 2011 and will be an opportunity for audiences to hear Dr. Drew’s insights on a broad range of subjects every night.

Dr. Drew, a practicing physician who is also board certified in internal and addiction medicine, specializes in topics that are core concerns for viewers throughout the United States — creating healthy relationships, coping with addiction, and finding constructive ways to navigate common struggles facing parents and their children alike. The HLN program will give Dr. Drew a new, nightly platform to provide relevant observations and perspectives on the news stories and newsmakers HLN covers throughout the day.

“Dr. Drew informs and inspires audiences on subjects that matter most to them and their families, and he is an ideal fit for the HLN network,” said Safon. “Whether the topics are in the news or simply in the daily lives of our audience, Dr. Drew will shed light, provide crucial information and give viewers something to talk—and think–about.”

“I am thrilled to join HLN and I have no doubt that the natural fit I feel at the network will provide the opportunity to explore the stories behind the story and really explain the choices that people make,” said Pinsky.

Dr. Drew Pinsky is a practicing physician with a private practice and is on staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine.

One of the most listened to doctors in America, Dr. Drew has been taking calls from listeners since 1984 as host of the radio show LOVELINE, which is nationally syndicated by Westwood One.

Dr. Drew and Vh1 teamed up for the first reality TV series to depict the process of overcoming addiction. Now in its fourth season, CELEBRITY REHAB with DR. DREW was critically acclaimed by the addiction community for pulling back the veil of secrecy about what goes on in rehabilitation programs. SOBER HOUSE chronicles the sober living process and SEX REHAB with DR. DREW looked at the struggles and treatment of those dealing with serious sex addictions.

Dr. Drew is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America (Harper-Collins) and Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (Harper-Collins). Dr. Drew co-authored with Dr. Mark Young the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism. The study was published in the Journal of Research in Personality (Elsevier) and received worldwide press coverage.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his M.D. from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Dr. Drew continued with USC for his residency. He then became chief resident at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. Dr. Drew is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Drew lives with his wife and their teenage triplets in Pasadena.

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6 Responses to “HLN Lands Dr. Drew…”

  1. I don’t know squat about Dr. Drew but I don’t see how this works for HLN. A medical show in primetime just doesn’t seem like a huge ratings improvement over the true crime/entertainment shows that rule primetime there now.

    The obvious big question is who loses in order to make room for his show. Will it be Joy, Nancy Jane or Showbiz Tonight?

    HLN just has to look at MSNBC’s experiment with Dr. Nancy to see how medical shows with doctors who go by their first names don’t do well.

  2. except that Dr. Drew does celebrity stuff plus he isn’t a stuffy personality like Dr. nancy

  3. As far as these programs go, providing information and correcting misconceptions have merit. Don’t know if it should be a daily occurance. As for Dr. Nancy, I thought that she was rather excellent, just not for an hour, every day.

  4. This hire made me chuckle a little bit. I think Dr. Drew is awesome on the VH1 shows, but I can’t see him being a great host on a news/entertainment channel like HLN. Then again, they seem to have a particular core audience with that entertainment stuff that almost every show loves to cover, but who knows if Dr. Drew is going to improve the quality of the overall lineup. It just seems like one of those desperate moves to get viewers without actually looking into other options.

  5. I think it could work. Drew is very good with rehab stuff. He’s an engaging personality, and should be able to pull off a ‘Dr. Phil’-type show.

  6. Maybe HLN is going for a more “talk-show” feel. They certainly went beyond the crime stuff with Behar and moving Showbiz Tonight to a live spot at 5 pm. I’m not sure what daytime news coverage is like now but I think they are going for a talk feel with the viewer call-ins and having Mike Galanos on all the time. Everything is so melodramatic with him.

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