'DR. PHIL' to Appear Live in a Special Orlando Area Event 'Family First: Living the Dream'

Nov 04, 2004, 00:00 ET from DR. PHIL

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ - Dr. Phil McGraw, host of the
 popular syndicated television show DR. PHIL broadcast in the Orlando area on
 WKMG-TV "Local 6," will be appearing live this Friday at the University of
 Central Florida Event Center at 7:00 p.m.
     Sponsored by WKMG, Toyota and SBC, Dr. Phil will discuss his national
 call-to-action, "Family First."  Putting the focus on family and parenting is
 the signature theme of the DR. PHIL show this season and the title of Dr.
 McGraw's latest New York Times best seller "Family First: Your Step-by-Step
 Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family."
     Tickets for the free event were distributed in late October.  General
 admission seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.
     This Friday's "Family First: Living the Dream" is the third free, live
 event that is being held throughout the country.  Other live events were held
 in Boston and San Jose over the past few months.  Additionally, Dr. Phil will
 be appearing live in Tampa on Saturday.
     "When it comes to raising a family -- children don't come with an
 instruction manual," said Dr. Phil.  "My goal is to give moms and dads an
 action-oriented plan -- and to put those tools in the hands of the parents who
 need them.  That phenomenal family is not the people next door or down the
 street -- it can be your family, right here, right now."
     Dr. Phil McGraw has galvanized millions of people to "get real" about
 their own behavior and create more positive lives.  His nationally syndicated,
 daily one-hour series, "DR. PHIL" 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"
 sixteen years prior.
     People magazine named Dr. Phil McGraw one of the "Most Intriguing People
 of 2002," while Barbara Walters included Dr. Phil in her 2002 "Ten Most
 Fascinating People" special, and Newsweek dedicated a September cover story to
 Dr. Phil which turned out to be the magazine's best-selling profile cover of
 the year.
     Produced by Paramount Domestic Television in partnership with Harpo
 Productions and King World Productions, the hit series draws on Dr. Phil's
 30 years of experience in psychology and human functioning.  Having begun his
 television career as Oprah's resident expert on human behavior, Dr. Phil
 continues to deal with real issues that arise in the real world in his
 signature "tell it like it is" style.
     In season one, DR. PHIL combined enlightenment with entertainment value as
 the show took on such topics ranging from human functioning to behavioral
 medicine to legal issues.  Last year, he introduced several signature themes
 such as the Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge that inspired hundreds of local
 groups throughout the country and the Dr. Phil Families that exposed and dealt
 with the underlying problems facing families today.  Other themes included the
 groundbreaking Relationship Rescue Retreat series, which examined the
 marriages of six couples on the brink of divorce, and The Brandon Intervention
 which included an actual on-stage drug intervention that marked a defining
 moment in a 21-year old's life.
     The third season of DR. PHIL features topics including family, how to
 raise your children to be outstanding adults, desperate housewives with
 secrets, as well as follow-ups on prominent and compelling guests from the
 first two seasons.
     Dr. Phil is author of 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 as well as his latest groundbreaking book FAMILY FIRST: Your
 Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family.  He is also the author of
 the New York Times bestseller THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION COOKBOOK: Recipes
 For Weight Loss Freedom as well as THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION FOOD GUIDE.
 His books have been published in 37 languages with over 19 million copies in
     In concert with his books and television work, Dr. Phil provides strategic
 guidance for millions of Americans through his monthly column in O, The Oprah
 Magazine. He is also one of the world's most sought-after public speakers.  As
 a professional psychologist, he has published numerous scholarly articles and
 has practiced in the many fields of clinical psychology and behavioral
     Dr. Phil, an avid golfer, tennis player, and scuba diver, lives in Los
 Angeles with Robin, his wife of 28 years, and their two sons, Jay (25 years
 old) and Jordan (18 years old).
     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).