‘Dr. Phil Show’ Episode Guide (Aug. 11): Todd Herzog’s Family Claims He’s An Alcoholic

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‘Dr. Phil Show’ Episode Guide (Aug. 11): Todd Herzog’s Family Claims He’s An Alcoholic

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.

Todd Herzog was just 22 when he won Survivor: China in 2007, and his family says he was on top of the world with his million-dollar winnings and newfound fame. But now, they say he’s an alcoholic who drinks a half gallon of vodka every day, and has blood alcohol levels so high that doctors say he should be dead.

Interventionists Debbie and Brandon help transport Todd to Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Phil. When Todd is unable to walk on stage without assistance, the urgency of the situation becomes clear. Todd, clearly intoxicated, faces Dr. Phil and his family.

Does he realize the severity of his condition? Dr. Ian Smith, from the Emmy Award-winning show, “The Doctors,” explains the toll Todd’s drinking is taking on his body. Todd, who has had multiple failed attempts at sobriety, says he wants to try to detox on his own — without a treatment center. Will a surprise appearance by a close friend and fellow Survivor winner convince him that he has to get well? And will he accept the help that Dr. Phil offers?

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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