Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw Set to Host TNT's Annual CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON Concert; JoJo, LeAnn Rimes, Ruben Studdard and Vanessa Williams Scheduled to Perform

Gala Premieres Exclusively on TNT Wednesday, Dec. 15

Nov 15, 2004, 00:00 ET from TNT

    ATLANTA, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw have signed on
 to host Turner Network Television's (TNT) annual presentation of the CHRISTMAS
 IN WASHINGTON concert.  Popular recording artists JoJo, LeAnn Rimes, Ruben
 Studdard and Vanessa Williams will perform.  Annually attended by the
 President and First Lady, Washington's top politicians and VIPs, CHRISTMAS IN
 WASHINGTON celebrates the holiday in musical style while benefiting the
 National Children's Medical Center.  This year's concert will be taped at the
 historical National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., premiering on TNT
 Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
     "Now in its 23rd year, CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON is an annual holiday
 tradition that brings Americans together in a musical celebration of the
 holidays," said Steve Koonin, executive vice president and chief operating
 officer for TNT and TBS.  "We are thrilled to have such a wonderful line-up of
 performers for this year's gala and that Dr. Phil, who provides hope and
 healing to so many people, will be taking such a central role in this very
 special event."
     Dr. Phil McGraw's nationally syndicated daily one-hour series, Dr. Phil,
 currently in its third season, has been making headlines and breaking records
 since its September 2002 launch, when it garnered the highest ratings of any
 new syndicated show since the launch of The Oprah Winfrey Show 16 years
 earlier.  Robin McGraw, Dr. Phil's wife of nearly 30 years, has become a
 favorite with viewers nationwide with her frequent appearances on his show
 focusing on women's issues.  In addition to hosting his series, Dr. Phil, who
 holds a PhD in clinical psychology, writes a monthly column for O, The Oprah
 Magazine and is the author of several books, including five #1 New York Times
 bestsellers: Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters;
 Relationship Rescue: A Seven-Step Strategy for Reconnecting with Your Partner;
 Self Matters: Creating Your Life From the Inside Out; The Ultimate Weight
 Solution: The Seven Keys to Weight Loss Freedom; and his latest ground
 breaking book, Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal
 Family.  Dr. Phil's books have been published in 37 languages, with almost 20
 million copies in print.
     JoJo is the 13-year-old singing sensation whose debut single "Leave (Get
 Out)," recently topped Billboard's singles sales chart.  She was discovered
 through an appearance on America's Most Talented Kids.  Music manager James
 Womack heard her voice and introduced her to Da Family Entertainment's Vincent
 Herbert, executive producer of her debut album. JoJo recently joined R&B
 superstar Usher on a summer European tour.
     Since the release of her hit debut album Blue (at the age of 13), LeAnn
 Rimes has charted seven additional albums, including her most recent release,
 LeAnn Rimes Greatest Hits (To Be Continued).  Her long list of chart-topping
 hits includes "Can't Fight the Moonlight," from the movie Coyote Ugly, in
 which she also co-starred, and "How Do I Live," which held position on
 Billboard's Hot 100 chart longer than any other single.  In March 2004, she
 was named "the voice" of Children's Miracle Network, serving as international
 spokesperson for the charity devoted to raising funds for children's
     Ruben Studdard catapulted to fame through his performances on the popular
 show American Idol.  "The Velvet Teddybear" eventually emerged as the winner
 of the competition, later taking part in a nationwide concert tour.  His first
 album, Soulful, was released in December 2003 and produced the hit single
 "Flying Without Wings." His second album, I Need an Angel, is set for release
 in November 2004.
     Vanessa Williams' hit albums include The Comfort Zone and The Sweetest
 Days.  An accomplished actress, she performed in television roles and music
 videos before co-starring in such feature films as Another You and Harley
 Davidson and the Marlboro Man.  She scored her first big hit film with the
 thriller Eraser, then followed it up with Soul Food and the 2000 remake of
 Shaft.  On Broadway, she starred in the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman and
 Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
     CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON, a two-time Emmy-winning program for Musical
 Direction and six-time nominee overall, is executive-produced by 11-time Emmy-
 winner George Stevens, Jr. and directed and produced by Michael Stevens for
 The Stevens Company.  Ricki Rosenfeld and David Bryant serve as executives in
 charge of production for TNT, and Nyree Tripptree is producing.
     Artists performing in past years have included Kenny Chesney, Joss Stone,
 Hootie & the Blowfish, Ashanti, Tony Bennett, Reba McEntire, Usher, Marc
 Anthony, Christina Aguilera, B.B. King, Chris Isaak, 98 Degrees, Kenny
 Loggins, Alison Krauss, Luther Vandross, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, Gloria
 Estefan, Brian Setzer, Aaron Neville, Patti LaBelle, Lee Ann Womack, Neil
 Diamond and Vince Gill.
     Turner Network Television (TNT), television's destination for drama and
 one of cable's top-rated networks, offers award-caliber original films, such
 as the Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation The Wool Cap and the adventure
 drama The Librarian: Quest for the Spear; highly anticipated original series,
 including the Steven Spielberg 12-hour series, Into the West; powerful one-
 hour dramas, such as Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER, NYPD Blue, Charmed,
 Judging Amy and Angel; broadcast premiere movies; and championship sports
 coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA.  TNT is also available in high-
     Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major
 producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading
 provider of programming for the television industry.