‘Dr. Phil Show’ Episode Guide (Aug. 14): ‘Basketball Wives’ Star on Attacking Her Husband

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‘Dr. Phil Show’ Episode Guide (Aug. 14): ‘Basketball Wives’ Star on Attacking Her Husband

The following is a synopsis of today’s all-new episode of CBS Television Distribution’s “Dr. Phil Show.” To watch, be sure to check local listings for the time period in your market.

On the night of July 7, 2013, Anna Benson, former star of the reality TV show “Baseball Wives” and known as “baseball’s hottest and most-infamous wife,” showed up at the home of her estranged husband, former New York Mets pitcher Kris Benson, armed with an expandable baton, a gun, a knife and a hatchet — and wearing a bulletproof vest and an ammo belt.

According to police reports, Kris said that Anna, with whom he was going through a contentious divorce, pulled a gun on him, smashed his computer and demanded he give her $30,000. In a Dr. Phil exclusive, Anna speaks out for the first time about that night. How does she explain her actions? Anna, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a firearm charge, is adamant that she never planned to hurt Kris — so why does she say she was she so heavily armed?

Then, Dr. Phil confronts Anna about her troubled past. How does she explain a previous murder charge and reported drug use? Plus, what does the future hold for Anna?

Originally launched in the fall of 2002 to the highest ratings of any new syndicated show since the launch of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” 16 years prior, “Dr. Phil” is enjoyed by millions of viewers nationally in 212 markets, covering 100 percent of the country.Additionally, “Dr. Phil” is licensed to nearly 50 territories and countries worldwide.

McGraw’s success stems from his signature “get real” approach to helping his guests solve their problems, stripping through their emotional clutter, helping them to get down to the bare bones of their issues and giving them the challenge they need to move ahead. McGraw champions those who suffer from such silent epidemics as domestic violence, child abuse, depression, racism, substance abuse and other health issues that are prevalent in society, but go largely undiscussed by their victims.

While McGraw will continue with the topics and themes that have made the show number one, he will introduce some tech new features to the show. This season, a select group of viewers will be able to watch the show’s taping and contribute with real-time tweets, instant comments and even talk-back with the host.

Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer Carla Pennington has been with “Dr. Phil” since its first season, as has Co-Executive Producer Angie Kraus. “Dr. Phil” was created by Harpo Productions, is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution, a unit of CBS Corp.


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