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House Calls with Dr. Phil: TV host hits the road to help families in crisis in primetime series


At a time when much of the world is struggling with their mental health, Dr. Phil has hit the road to help people deal with their emotional trauma and he’s doing it on their turf.

After nearly two decades in his famed Los Angeles studio, the renowned television host is changing the game for all-new primetime series, House Calls with Dr. Phil.

The good doctor exclusively sat down with DailyMailTV on the set of The Dr. Phil Show this week to give the ins and outs on how he is coming to the rescue of families in crisis by showing up at their front door.

Guess who: Dr. Phil exclusively sat down with DailyMailTV on the set of The Dr. Phil Show this week to give the ins and outs on how he is coming to the rescue of families in crisis in his new primetime series, House Calls with Dr. Phil

‘This is something I’ve really looked forward to for a long time,’ Dr. Phil said.

He explained that while he loves the traditional talk show format of his Emmy-winning daytime series, where he can really dig into a single issue with a guest, he’s been itching to get out and see people in their own environment.

‘I’ve long wanted to go where the people live,’ the host explained. ‘That’s where the triggers are. That’s where things happen. And so, House Calls with Dr. Phil is me doing just that, making some good old fashioned house calls.’

The whole TV team, including longtime executive producer Carla Pennington, traveled to Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco and many more to help families in need, Dr. Phil style.

'I've long wanted to go where the people live,' the host explained. 'That's where the triggers are. That's where things happen. And so, House Calls with Dr. Phil is me doing just that, making some good old fashioned house calls.'

‘I’ve long wanted to go where the people live,’ the host explained. ‘That’s where the triggers are. That’s where things happen. And so, House Calls with Dr. Phil is me doing just that, making some good old fashioned house calls.’

On the road: The whole TV team, including longtime executive producer Carla Pennington, traveled to Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco and many more to help families in need, Dr. Phil style

On the road: The whole TV team, including longtime executive producer Carla Pennington, traveled to Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco and many more to help families in need, Dr. Phil style

‘And only one person in the family knows I’m coming,’ Dr. Phil teased with a knowing grin.

‘I think if you showed up at my front door, I don’t know what my reaction would be. What was the reaction for the family members who didn’t know you were coming?’

‘Well, complete shock,’ he quipped during his interview with DailyMailTV.

The families featured in each episode believe that they’re auditioning for a reality show so they were fully aware of cameras being installed in the house but unaware of the true reason.

Ding dong! The families in each episode think they're auditioning for a reality show and only one person in the house knows that Dr. Phil is coming to the rescue

Ding dong! The families in each episode think they’re auditioning for a reality show and only one person in the house knows that Dr. Phil is coming to the rescue

'I think if you showed up at my front door, I don't know what my reaction would be. What was the reaction for the family members who didn't know you were coming?' 'Well, complete shock,' he quipped during his interview with DailyMailTV's Caitlyn Becker

‘I think if you showed up at my front door, I don’t know what my reaction would be. What was the reaction for the family members who didn’t know you were coming?’ ‘Well, complete shock,’ he quipped during his interview with DailyMailTV’s Caitlyn Becker

‘What they don’t know is that when we say cut, those cameras keep rolling, so we get to see what they say, what they do, how they think, how they behave, when they think nobody’s watching and nobody’s listening,’ Dr. Phil explained. ‘And that’s where the rubber really meets the road.’

He went on to say that seeing people immersed in their own conflicts and drama is a ‘rich environment’ for healing and one that really helps him take his process to another level.

Plus, Dr. Phil is able to spend several days with each family, giving him the rare opportunity to really dig into the nitty gritty. And, while tensions may run even higher when people are on their own turf, there were some real benefits to being out of the studio.

'What they don't know is that when we say cut, those cameras keep rolling, so we get to see what they say, what they do, how they think, how they behave, when they think nobody's watching and nobody's listening,' Dr. Phil explained. 'And that's where the rubber really meets the road.'

‘What they don’t know is that when we say cut, those cameras keep rolling, so we get to see what they say, what they do, how they think, how they behave, when they think nobody’s watching and nobody’s listening,’ Dr. Phil explained. ‘And that’s where the rubber really meets the road.’

'The people have first gone into shock and then been so open and so welcoming into their homes,' Dr. Phil explained

‘The people have first gone into shock and then been so open and so welcoming into their homes,’ Dr. Phil explained

‘The people have first gone into shock and then been so open and so welcoming into their homes,’ Dr. Phil explained, adding that there has been an unexpected perk of House Calls.

‘I’ve hit a couple with really good cooks, I have to tell you, and have pulled up a chair and had some pretty good food along the way to meet some wonderful families,’ he laughed.

Fans of The Dr. Phil Show, which will premiere its landmark 20th season in September, will no doubt enjoy seeing the host give up the ultimate home-court advantage of his Hollywood studio in House Calls.

'I've hit a couple with really good cooks, I have to tell you, and have pulled up a chair and had some pretty good food along the way to meet some wonderful families,' he laughed.

‘I’ve hit a couple with really good cooks, I have to tell you, and have pulled up a chair and had some pretty good food along the way to meet some wonderful families,’ he laughed.

Getting into the issues: Dr. Phil explained that being enmeshed in someone’s living space gives him a chance to, not only gets to help families deal with the main issue at hand, but identify other underlying problems he might not get to see otherwise

Getting into the issues: Dr. Phil explained that being enmeshed in someone’s living space gives him a chance to, not only gets to help families deal with the main issue at hand, but identify other underlying problems he might not get to see otherwise

Dr. Phil explained that being enmeshed in someone’s living space gives him a chance to, not only gets to help families deal with the main issue at hand, but identify other underlying problems he might not get to see otherwise.

‘There are all these other issues that are coexisting,’ he said. ‘That’s what I love about being able to spend multiple days with these families, because you can deal with this and this and this and bring it all together at the end.’

In the premiere episode, Dr. Phil is faced with a challenging family dynamic at a home in Utah where daughter Lexi has refused to speak to her father for five years – despite living under the same roof.

‘They’ve had psychologists, psychiatrists, they’ve had pastors, counselors, family members, everybody trying to get her to come out of that room while he’s there,’ Dr. Phil explained.

Families in crisis: In the premiere episode, Dr. Phil is faced with a challenging family dynamic at a home in Utah where daughter Lexi has refused to speak to her father for five years - despite living under the same roof

Families in crisis: In the premiere episode, Dr. Phil is faced with a challenging family dynamic at a home in Utah where daughter Lexi has refused to speak to her father for five years – despite living under the same roof

'I think America is going to really be moved by what happens in these families,' he said of the new show. 'I think there's a huge takeaway from every one of these stories that people are going to integrate into their own family patterns, own family dynamics.'

‘I think America is going to really be moved by what happens in these families,’ he said of the new show. ‘I think there’s a huge takeaway from every one of these stories that people are going to integrate into their own family patterns, own family dynamics.’

‘It’s my job to go in and get her out of that room and in the same room with her father interacting and try to get this back on,’ he continued, adding: ‘To be there in the house where this happens is so critical.’

‘I think America is going to really be moved by what happens in these families,’ he said of the new show. ‘I think there’s a huge takeaway from every one of these stories that people are going to integrate into their own family patterns, own family dynamics.’

House Calls with Dr. Phil debuts Wednesday night at 9PM on CBS and is available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.  

The doctor is in: House Calls with Dr. Phil debuts Wednesday night at 9PM on CBS and is available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+

The doctor is in: House Calls with Dr. Phil debuts Wednesday night at 9PM on CBS and is available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+



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