Whatever the particulars of any family, Dr. Phil McGraw believes most share the same major issues.
The TV-friendly clinical psychologist moonlights from his syndicated weekday show, “Dr. Phil,” to do his first prime-time special as CBS presents “Family First” Wednesday, Sept. 22. Hidden cameras capture what McGraw believes are the biggest mistakes moms and dads can make. Also during the two-hour program, McGraw visits a household that could use his help; the father and the son are estranged, and the daughter has taken up drinking and promiscuity.
The show also has its lighter moments, as when McGraw helps actresses Vanessa Marcil (“Las Vegas”) and Holly Robinson Peete (“For Your Love”) potty-train their young children. Nicole Kidman, Will Smith, Robert Redford and Amy Brenneman (“Judging Amy”) are among other celebrities who turn up to share their adventures in parenting.
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