Dr. Phil with executive producer Carla Pennington at the studio.
Sons Jay, 22 (left), and Jordan, 15, join their father for a stroll. Jay will join his father occasionally on the show. "Jay is a great conduit," says Phil. "Who do you think kids are gonna talk to? I go out there and they clam up. But Jay can give a voice to kids who aren't articulate enough to talk about their emotions."
Living large! Dr. Phil and co. cross the stage lot.
Dr. Phil will focus more on coping-skills education than quick fixes.
"We don't think we're doing eight-minute cures on television," he says. "What I want to do is be an emotional compass. If one couple's issues are relatable to the millions watching, they become teaching tools. Through intervening, you point out the action steps to people who aren't on the stage. Then it's up to them. The real work starts when they leave the show."
Things are looking up! Dr. Phil takes a gander at the lighting above.