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POLISHED EDGE: Celebrity Q&A
Dr. Jennifer Ashton of ‘The Revolution’ on ABC
Q: What do you think about being part of transforming ABC’s daytime lineup as a “cast” member of “The Revolution”?
A: They’re really breaking through into a new frontier. They’re making kind of a “dream team” environment where the women that we feature on the show can literally transform their lives, with small changes or huge ones.
I think it really speaks to the fact that the viewer is evolving. They don’t just want pure entertainment; they want information, and they want to improve their lives and the lives of their families. And ABC is really responding to that change.
Q: How different is your schedule, now that you have to be available at midday for “The Revolution”?
A: I was pretty fortunate before with how flexible my schedule was. Even when I was on (CBS’) “The Early Show” every day, I was finished by 9 in the morning ... so on days when I wasn’t seeing patients, I had a really good amount of free time to work out or do errands or do things for my kids.
Q: Did the timing of the offer to do “The Revolution” dovetail well for you with the changes that CBS was making to its morning program?
A: I was contacted regularly by many different production companies who were considering launching shows, and I didn’t take those offers too seriously. In television, there’s a long path between the initial phone call and when something actually makes it (onto the air).
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