Saturday, October 10, 2009

Getting Fit For Dr. Oz

Tuesday, I enjoyed a brief return to the world of TV for an upcoming fitness segment on “The Dr. Oz Show.”

The Oz-ettes: (from left) Shurla, Sharon, Hillary, Tawanna, me and Darneice with Stepp Stewart

My action-packed day began at NYC’s Pearl Studios in Midtown, where I met the five fabulous women who would be joining me on camera -- Shurla, Hillary, Tawanna (a.k.a Sam), Darneice and Sharon. Superstar cardio dance instructor Stepp Stewart taught us a quick, high-energy routine that had us feeling the burn right away.

After an hour of rehearsing, we headed over (in a comfy chauffeured van) to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, home to “The Dr. Oz Show” and, of course, NBC.

In The Green Room: Hillary getting de-linted by a member of the crew

As we were escorted up to the sixth floor, I couldn’t help thinking about my previous stint at 30 Rock, when I wrote for WNBC’s morning news. I felt a familiar rush of adrenalin seeing all of the producers and on-camera talent running around.

If only I could get this star treatment every day

Perky show producer Jill made sure we were all comfortable in the green room, where we changed into Dr. Oz t-shirts. Next, we all took turns getting glammed up by the hair and makeup pros.

All smiles post-primping

While waiting to be called to the set, the ladies and I bonded over conversation about men and aging. Fabulous Fifty-somethings Sharon and Hillary raved about being comfortable in your own skin once you hit the big 5-0. A tangent about dating older guys led Darneice to quip--

“Some men aren't meant to mature.”

Lights, Camera, Action: On “The Dr. Oz Show” set

Finally, more than three hours after we’ve arrived, it was time for our one and only on-set rehearsal. The runthrough was, as Sam observed, a hot mess. Thanks, though, to some additional off-camera practice and a pep talk from Jill, we were pumped up for showtime.

If I do say so myself, we nailed our routine, garnering big applause from the studio audience and an on-camera shoutout from Dr. Oz himself.

We love Dr. Oz!

It was an exhausting, exhilarating day. Not only did I burn some serious calories, but I got to know some amazing women. We’re already planning a viewing party reunion as soon as we know the airdate. Watch this space for details about when to tune in!


Dorkys Ramos said...

How exciting! Glad to hear it went well.

Melissa said...

Thanks! It was a blast and totally worth the burn my legs felt for two days. :-)

Schmanders said...

Melissa this sounded like such a great experience! Wish I could have joined you!