‘Dr. Phil Show’ Episode Guide (Aug. 21): Parents Consider Disowning Their Adopted Son

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‘Dr. Phil Show’ Episode Guide (Aug. 21): Parents Consider Disowning Their Adopted Son

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.

Karen and Tim say the last six years with their 24-year-old adopted son, Adam, have been a nightmare, and Tim wants to cut him out of their lives for good — but Karen says she can’t give up yet. The parents say Adam has become angry and violent, has pulled a knife on them and threatened to get a gun.

They also say Adam abuses drugs and alcohol and has been arrested multiple times — including a recent arrest for felony drug-related charges. With Adam now facing seven years in jail, Karen and Tim post bail so he can meet with Dr. Phil, in an effort to turn his life around.

Hear how Adam explains his destructive choices. Does he want to change? And, find out why Tim says he’s not hopeful that Adam will make a turnaround. Then, hear from Adam’s ex-girlfriend, Kristin, who calls him a “ticking time bomb.” How does Adam respond?

When Dr. Phil offers him a lifeline, will he grab ahold? And, will both of his parents be willing to give him one more chance?

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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