“Television needs to evolve,” said George Davilas, executive producer of Veria Living Live, a new daily health and lifestyle program. “This isn’t your grandmother’s talk show: one host talking for one hour on one topic. People are much busier nowadays. We’re catering to what viewers want today.”
The innovative program is taped every weekday afternoon at 9 Broadcast Plaza in Secaucus, with free tickets available to the public.
A fast-paced, one-hour show with multiple hosts and a live audience, Veria Living Live consists of a rotating series of segments on fashion, beauty, fitness, food, and more.
“We cover a vast range of topics,” said Davilas. “Regardless of age, there’s something for everyone in the hour.”
Something for everyone
Veria Living is a 24/7 media company comprising a television network and websites showcasing healthy lifestyle and wellness programming.
Davilas, a 20-year veteran of daytime television who worked with Anderson Cooper and Martha Stewart and started the TV show The Doctors, joined Veria in November of last year. He created and developed Veria Living Live.
The series was originally broadcast as short programming blocks titled VLC, beginning in January 2014. “We did four 15 minute talk shows throughout the day,” said Davilas.
Then, on Feb. 10, “We supersized and added a studio audience to make it more interactive,” he said.
It’s a toolkit to help you look younger, feel better, and live longer.” – George Davilas
“It’s a fast-paced mix of the latest stories everyone’s talking about, from the Olympics to the Oscars, pop culture or the headlines,” he said. “Our goal in this hour is to entertain and give solutions to problems.”
“The attention span of viewers has changed in the last few years,” explained Davilas. With that in mind, the show offers a smorgasbord of segments covering different topics.
“Every show starts with ‘The Juice,’ ” said Davilas. “That’s a look at the biggest stories making pop culture headlines. It’s kind of like ‘Kelly and Michael’ meets ‘The View.’ That’s followed by ‘News in :90,’ a look at the latest health and wellness stories making headlines.”
Other segments include ‘Med Spa,’ “cutting edge alternative medicine treatments,” and ‘Fit Club,’ offering “simple solutions to help them drop a dress size, peel away the pounds.”
“‘Rock It or Wreck It’ is our version of ‘Fashion Police,’ where for example we’ll look at what people wore to the Oscars,” Davilas said. “‘Ask the Expert’ brings in everything from a vet to a cardiologist to a relationship expert.”
Recent guests have included Joan Lunden, Russell Simmons, celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito, and Tony Dovolani from Dancing with the Stars, who taught the hosts how to salsa dance.
“Our range is unlike any other shows on TV,” said Davilas. “Others are limited to food or issues. We’re bringing the best of all the viewers’ favorite shows together.”
“The appetite in TV right now is for simple solutions to our biggest problems,” he said. “We strive that every hour has an action plan that viewers can take in applying to their own lives. It’s a toolkit to help you look younger, feel better, and live longer.”
He added, “Learning doesn’t have to be boring. We don’t want you to feel you’re in a college lecture class.”
Live from Secaucus
So how did the program end up broadcasting from Secaucus? “The proximity to New York is attractive to us,” said Davilas. “Being close allows us to feature celebrity guests.”
“We’re having fun and happy to be part of the Secaucus community,” he continued. “We’re looking forward to having community members from Hudson County join us, share story ideas, be a part of the show.”
Anyone interested in joining the studio audience for a taping can call 844-VERIA-TV or visit www.veria.com/vll for free tickets.
“The audience is an active part of the show,” said Davilas. “There’s an energy to being live. It allows you to talk about what everyone is talking about in the headlines.”
Viewers at home can ask real-time questions via Skype, phone, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
The series airs Monday through Friday at 1 p.m., with repeats at 10 p.m. each night.
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