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‘NY Med’ Season Two Premiere Draws Show’s Best-Ever Ratings

NY MEDABC’s medical docu-series “NY Med” premiered its second season last night to its best ratings ever.

The episode, which featured Dr. Mehmet Oz dealing with a patient’s aorta tearing, won its 10pmET timeslot in total viewers.

The show drew 5.5 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49 viewers. At the preview screening of the first episode two weeks ago, EP Terry Wrong told TVNewser: “We see this show as far more than entertainment.”

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ABC’s ‘NY Med’ About ‘Far More Than Entertainment’

OzAfter almost two years of production, ABC’s high-stakes medical docu-series “NY Med” returns tonight at 10pmET.

TVNewser was at the new season’s preview screening two weeks ago, where doctors, nurses, and patients spoke about their experiences on the show.

“We see this show as far more than entertainment,” EP Terry Wrong told us. “We often have had doctors and nurses come up to us and say they went to medical or nursing school because of our shows.”

One doctor part of the show definitely went to medical school: Dr. Mehmet Oz is in the right place at the right time during tonight’s premiere, when a patient’s condition worsens to the point where Oz doesn’t know whether he’ll live past the next ten minutes.

From life-threatening ER crises to a more lighthearted case involving an older gentleman hell-bent on having sex again, the show offers a little bit of everything.

“There are points where a story gets so hard, that I don’t want to see it, and I don’t think the viewer wants to see it,” Wrong said about deciding what to include in episodes and what to leave on the cutting room floor. “You have to use your own gut check, not just as a producer, but as a human being.”

The show works by not “lecturing audiences about some issue like healthcare,” Wrong says.  “Tell them a story with strong doctors, nurses or patients and they will absorb the information as it relates to the characters they become invested in.”

TVNewsers Honored at TIME 100 Gala

TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 Most Influential People In The World - Cocktails

Barbara Walters and Charlie Rose at the TIME 100 Gala. (Getty Images)

TVNewsers turned up last night to celebrate TIME’s 100 most-influential people. This year, CBS’s Charlie Rose and FNC’s Megyn Kelly made this list. Former honorees Rupert Murdoch, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Mehmet Oz and Barbara Walters made an appearance at last night’s event to mingle with the eclectic crowd of politicians, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs.

“Feels great, [I'm] honored, I love it,” Rose told us about his appearance as an Icon in this year’s TIME 100. However, he wasn’t quite sure if “Icon” was the appropriate designation: “It sounds like a lifetime achievement thing, and I think I’m in mid-career,” he quipped. Read more

ABC News’ ‘NY Med’ Returns June 24

Oz-300x255After nearly two years of production, ABC News’ “NY Med” returns this summer. This time the limited series bridges (or tunnels) the medical gap between the prominent New York Presbyterian Hospital, which is associated with two Ivy League universities, and University Hospital, the state-owned medical center in Newark, NJ.

Each episode in the eight-part series jumps between the life-saving measures going on at each medical facility and introducing unforgettable characters, including a trio of ER nurses who care for some of the nation’s most bossy patients. Dr. Mehmet Oz makes the rounds once again. Terence Wrong is executive producer of “NY Med,” as he has been for previous iterations of the medical documentary series.

“NY Med” returns to ABC June 24.

The CNN Ticker: Curry, Burnett, Gupta

  • The New York Post‘s Page Six is at it again with another speculative piece about CNN. This time the paper speculates that incoming president Jeff Zucker may try to poach Ann Curry from NBC and give her a primetime show.
  • Erin Burnett is traveling with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and will interview him for her program tonight. Tomorrow “OutFront” originates from Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • In a meeting of the TV medical minds, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be a guest on “The Dr. Oz Show” Monday. Gupta will talk to Mehmet Oz about his CNN and medical career, and the upcoming drama “Monday Mornings” which he is producing with David E. Kelley.

‘NY Med’ Continues ABC’s Winning Medical Doc Formula, But With a Celebrity Doctor Twist

Tonight at 10pmET/9pmCT, ABC News will debut its latest long-form documentary series, “NY Med.” Like previous efforts “Boston Med” and “Hopkins,” the new series is from producer Terry Wrong, and follows life at a busy hospital in a big city. This time the city is New York, and the hospital is New York Presbyterian.

The first episode follows the format that made the others such compelling TV, weaving together stories of doctors, residents, nurses and patients. Some staffers appear in multiple episodes, others appear only once.

One doctor that is sure to draw attention to the series is Dr. Mehmet Oz, who also hosts a successful daytime talk show, when he isn’t in surgery. In the debut episode, Oz operates on a patient named Jack Abramson (pictured), a man with no friends or family at his side when he first comes in. Wrong says that it was never his intention to follow Oz.

“One of the ironies here is that I went up there and I didn’t want to do the easy thing, and follow Oz. I kind of fell into it, because my videographer in cardiac asked ‘can’t I follow him for a little bit?’” Wrong said at a screening of the program. “The first thing she shot was that Jack Abramson case. I just started watching the tape, and you don’t really need two producer brain cells to know that this is great TV.”

While New York is a city that would seem to be ripe for this sort of program, Wrong said that it was actually a real challenge.

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ABC News Officially Slates ‘NY Med’ Documentary Series

ABC News has officially announced the latest documentary series from producer Terry Wrong, “NY Med.” We first reported the series was in the works in January of last year. Like the last two of Wrong’s series–”Boston Med” in 2010 and “Hopkins” in 2008–”NY Med” will be set in a hospital, this time New York-Presbyterian.

“NY Med” will premiere Tuesday, July 10 at 10 PM, and will follow the surgeons and staff of New York-Presbyterian as they do what they do best. Among the surgeons that the crew follows is Dr. Mehmet Oz, who also hosts a syndicated talk show in addition to his day job as New York-Presbyterian’s chief cardiac surgeon.

“Medicine is a universal subject. At some point in our lives we or those we love will become patients for one reason or another,” said Wrong in a statement. “This series takes you behind the curtain to learn about those we depend on to fix us and how sometimes they just can’t.”

“Terry Wrong and his team have brilliantly captured the incredible drama of life and death inside one of the world’s great hospitals,” said ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a statement. “Real and riveting, ‘NY Med’ is sure to enlighten, engage and inspire viewers this summer.”

More information on the eight-part series, after the jump.

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Last Night on Jeopardy!: After Slow Start, FNC’s Chris Wallace Crushes The Competition

Last night was night three of “Jeopardy!” “Power Players” week, which features powerful Washington political types, celebrities and TV news personalities playing on the show for their favorite charities. The contestants last night were syndicated talk show host and cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace and “BBC World News America” anchor Katty Kay.

As in the last few games, the “Jeopardy!” writers threw in some categories based on who was playing, including “Fair and Balanced” (which was about things that were either balanced, or fair, not a certain cable news channel), “You Call Yourself a Doctor?” (about, well, doctors), and “The British Are Coming!” (about battles and skirmishes between the U.S. and Great Britain in the early days of the nation).

Despite a slow start, this game was all Wallace. He dominated Double Jeopardy!, and went into Final Jeopardy! with no chance of being caught. Even as all three got Final right, Wallace ended up with far more than both Kay and Oz combined, winning his charity $50,000.

TV News Personalities Top Of Mind at ‘Time 100′ Gala

Our sister blog FishbowlNY was at the “Time 100″ gala last night, and caught up with a few of the honorees and guests on the red carpet. Among them was NBC “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie, who talked about her colleague Matt Lauer:

Also in attendance, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who shared some advice he received from “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer:

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TV News Well-Represented During Jeopardy! ‘Power Players Week’

Anchors, correspondents and contributors for TV news organizations make up most of the contestants for “Jeopardy!” “Power Players Week.” CNN, NBC News, Fox News and the BBC are all represented, with the contestants all playing for their favorite charities.

The players are:

From CNN: Anchor Anderson Cooper and correspondent Lizzie O’Leary.

From NBC News/MSNBC/CNBC: CNBC anchor David Faber, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, correspondent Kelly O’Donnell and anchor and correspondent Chuck Todd.

From Fox News: anchor Chris Wallace and contributor Dana Perino.

From the BBC: Katty Kay.

Other players are: Read more