Dr. Phil features psychic John Edward

Dr. Phil hits a low, bringing psychics to communicate with the dead.

January 10, 2012 Show: Can the living really communicate with the dead? In a daytime television first, world-renowned intuitive mediums John Edward and Char Margolis team up on Dr. Phil’s stage and pull back the curtain to the other side! Watch as the mediums perform LIVE in-studio readings on audience members. What messages do their loved ones have from beyond the grave? Then, a skeptical Dr. Phil sits down for his first-ever psychic reading from Char. Will he become a believer? Plus, the spirit world reveals something Robin would rather keep secret! Then, numerologist Glynis McCants explains how numbers can lead to a love match. Whether you’re already a believer or still on the fence, you won’t want to miss this spirit-filled show!

Orac on Respectful Insolence blog has this commentary: Dr. Phil follows Dr. Oz’s descent into psychic woo

Why? Why would he stoop this low? Oh, yeah. Ratings. We thought we were done with this promotion of nonsense when Oprah left the air, turns out she left the spawnshows to continue it. For shame!

Update (12-Jan-2012) JREF President D.J. Grothe writes an open letter to Dr. Phil chiding him for giving “an uncritical platform to phony ‘psychics’ who abuse people’s emotions in order to fool them.”

This letter is now appearing on the Huffington Post. Excellent.