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Dr. Ian Smith returns to reformatted ‘The Doctors’ as new host

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Dr. Ian Smith returns to “The Doctors” — this time as the revamped show’s solo host for its 13th season premiering Monday (8 a.m.) on WLNY/Ch. 55.

Smith, a physician and best-selling author, co-hosted “The Doctors” during its sixth season (2014-15) and has forged ahead with his TV and writing career; his newest book, “The Unspoken” — a fictional private-eye mystery out Oct. 1 — is already #1 on Kindle.

So Smith says he was surprised when he got the call on a Friday afternoon asking him if he wanted to return to “The Doctors,” which moved from LA to a studio in Stamford, Ct. for its new season — and counts Phil “Dr. Phil” McGraw and his son, Jay McGraw, among its executive producers.

“I was in my garden weeding on my knees, sweaty and dirty, when a number I didn’t recognize came up on my cell phone,” says Smith, 51, who lives in Chicago.  “It turned out it was one of the executive producers of ‘The Doctors.’ We hadn’t spoken in a long time and she said, ‘We’re going to change the show around, reformat it, and we want different leadership on the air. Are you willing to do it?’

“By Monday we were talking about a deal. It happened very quickly and unexpectedly,” he says. “Sometimes things happen when you don’t expect it.”

This season’s theme, “Take Your Power Back,” is an umbrella mantra of sorts for how the pandemic has impact everyone,” Smith says.

“This is such an important season — perhaps the most important season in the show’s history,” he says. “We won’t be exclusively covering just the Xs and Os of medicine like the latest surgical procedure or dermatological secret. That’s our bread-and-butter, of course, and we’ll still be talking about that, but … we’re also expanding to cover wellness — mental health, spirituality — and finding topics that relate to our viewers.

“We’re doing a book club [encompassing] all types of books and we’re doing a segment I created called ‘The Pivot,’ where we’re talking to people with interesting stories and how they pivoted during COVID in their personal and professional lives,” he says. “We’ll have COVID-related segments on how to date, how to parent, how people can cook on a budget and about financial health and literacy.

“We’re also going to have musicians on the show,” he says. “Music is medicine and [musicians] will share their experiences and sing to us.”

Smith will host “The Doctors” in the studio and will interview guest remotely via Zoom.

“I’m in the studio by myself and the production staff is smaller than it’s been in past seasons,” he says. “We have to be more creative and there’s a lot of technology to deal with and it doesn’t always go smoothly. My days will be a little longer than they would be with a live audience.

“We want to inspire, challenge and have some fun,” he says. “People need to laugh a little more.”

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See Jennifer Aniston and More Stars Celebrate the Emmys in Pajamas

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Dressed to impress…and then go to sleep.

It’s not every year that celebrities get to celebrate one of the biggest nights in their career while sitting on the couch. While some big stars decided to still rock the chic clothing and beautiful gowns, some opted for a comfier look.

Celebrities had a lot of fun while wearing their PJs and being super comfy casual. We’re not mad at it. Earlier this month, fashion designer Christian Siriano shared with E! his Emmy’s predictions and why pajamas were all the rage for Hollywood’s biggest stars.

“I think it’s a mix of classy, fabulous pajamas, or elevated suits that are comfortable. Maybe a few slippers,” he explained of how the stars would turn out for the virtual award show. “I think actors and actresses right now, they want to be themselves, and a little more who they are. I think that’s really nice to see.”

He was right! The stars didn’t shy away from choosing comfort over luxury.

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Euphoria Season 2 to Film in 2021, HBO Confirms Special Covid Episode

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The hyper-stylized high school drama is a three-time Emmy winner, including Best Actress in a Drama for Zendaya.

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Nearly everyone in the TV industry was expecting “Succession” and “Watchmen” to be HBO’s Emmy power players in 2021 (and they were, the former winning Best Drama Series and the latter Best Limited Series), but the network’s hyper-stylized high school drama “Euphoria” was no slouch either. The Sam Levinson-created series nabbed three Emmys, including a major prize for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series thanks to Zendaya (now the category’s youngest winner ever). “Euphoria” also won Emmys for Outstanding Contemporary Makeup and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

“Euphoria” buzz is surging after the Emmys, but the wait for Season 2 is going to be a long one. The show’s eight-episode first season wrapped its run over a year ago on August 4, 2019, and it doesn’t look like the next run of episodes will be ready to air until well into 2021 or even 2022. HBO president Casey Bloys confirmed to Deadline after the Emmys that “Euphoria” Season 2 is currently targeting a production start in early 2021. The network is gearing up to begin filming “Succession” Season 3 in late fall. Levinson and the cast were gearing up to film Season 2 back in March just days before Hollywood shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With a production start date being targeted for early 2021, “Euphoria” is likely to be off the air for at least two years in between seasons. Bloys confirmed that to help tide fans over in between seasons HBO is moving forward with a “special Covid episode” of “Euphoria.” The HBO president said nothing more of the episode, but Zendaya teased on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in August that a “special episode” was being considered to act as a connector between the two seasons.

“We might end up doing a little bridge episode,” Zendaya said at the time. “I don’t really know how to describe it, but an episode that we can do with a limited amount of people in a safer environment so we have something to live on until we are able to go into Season 2.”

Zendaya and Sam Levinson are no strangers to filming new content under strict safety guidelines. Over the summer, the two collaborators joined forces along with “Tenet” star John David Washington and a quarantined crew to shoot the relationship drama “Malcolm and Marie.” Footage from the project was screened for buyers earlier this month and led to a $20 million distribution deal from Netflix. The streamer has not yet announced a release date for the project.

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Vanessa Bryant Fires Back at Her Mom’s Shocking Claims

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Eight months after Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash, his widow Vanessa Bryant is facing some serious family drama.

Vanessa’s mom Sofia Laine made shocking claims in a new TV interview with the Univision program “El Gorda y La Flaca.” During the sitdown interview, Sofia accused Vanessa of forcing her to move out of the Irvine home in which she had been living and also requesting that Sofia return a car.

Laine told reporter Dave Valadez in Spanish, “She told me, ‘I need you to get out of this house.’ She also told me that she wanted her car and she wants it now.”

It is unclear what led to Vanessa and Sofia’s falling out, and when it happened.

In response to Sofia’s allegations, Vanessa said in a statement to the show, “My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly, and yet my mother had the audacity to do a television interview speaking negatively of me while shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name.”

Vanessa continued, “She has removed all her diamond jewelry, emptied the apartment I provided, and put away the furniture to make it look like she doesn’t have my support. My husband and I have supported her financially for the past 20 years, and continue to do so, in addition to her monthly alimony.”

According to Vanessa, her mom “has not been physically present or emotionally supportive of my daughters or me” since Kobe and Gianna’s tragic passings.

Vanessa concluded her statement, saying, “Now I see what is most important to my mother and it’s more than painful. I hope that everything that is coming out about our personal relationship ends here.”

In February, Us Weekly reported that Sofia and Vanessa were “incredibly close.” A source claimed, “Her mom is always with her and the girls [Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months] and she’s been keeping Vanessa strong and she’s the weight of her support system. Vanessa takes solace in the support of her mom and her sister [Sophie Laine], who are committed to seeing her through this. But at the end of the day, there aren’t words to describe her feelings.”

In other news, Vanessa has just filed a lawsuit against the L.A. County Sheriff Department over shared crash-scene photos.

The court documents, obtained by TMZ, claimed, “no fewer than 8 sheriff’s deputies at the crash site, pulled out their personal cell phones and snapped photos of the dead children, parents and coaches. The deputies took these photos for their own personal gratification.”

The lawsuit accuses Sheriff Alex Villanueva of attempting to cover it up by telling deputies to delete the photos to avoid disciplinary actions.

According to the lawsuit, Villanueva never told the families about the photos’ existence. Instead, survivors learned of the possibl existence of the gruesome photos via media reports.

Citing emotional distress, the papers said, “Ms. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online.”

Vanessa is suing for unspecified damages, including punitive damages.

TMZ reached out to the Sheriff’s Department, but have not heard back.

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