HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw hosted a Christmas party for 27 children who have a parent serving in our armed forces in Iraq. The special, three-part holiday episodes of the DR. PHIL show, "Dr. Phil and Robin's Christmas Party," will air on three consecutive days, Wednesday, Dec. 15, Thursday, Dec. 16 and Friday, Dec. 17. (Check www.DrPhil.com for further info. and local listings.) The party was held at the McGraw's home this weekend and featured special guests from music, film, television and the entertainment industries including Kelsey Grammer, Marcia Gross, Melissa Joan Hart, SpongeBob, Chrissy Carlson Romano ("Kim Possible," "Even Steven,"), Emma Roberts (niece of Julia Roberts) and Lil' Romeo, as well as a special appearance by St. Nick (aka Santa Claus). In addition to the holiday party for the children, the entire studio audience at the Dr. Phil taping was comprised of military spouses celebrating a theme of bringing families closer and observing the rituals and traditions of Christmas. "The children and spouses of those serving half-a-world away in Iraq continue to make an enormous sacrifice," said Dr. McGraw, "in order that their loved ones can serve our country. We want them to know what a privilege it is to have their families with us this evening and that we will do all we can to make this a blessed and memorable Christmas." The syndicated series "DR. PHIL," created by Harpo Productions, produced by Paramount Domestic Television and distributed by King World Productions, is seen on over 208 stations representing 99.9% of the country and debuted in September 2002 to the strongest numbers for a talk series since "The Oprah Winfrey Show" launched in 1986. Since its debut, the series has rated second only to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in the talk show category, and consistently ranks among the Top Ten of all syndicated strips (Source: NSS Ranking Report).
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