4:15am PT by THR staff
'Dr. Phil' Extends CBS Deal Through 2023
Dr. Phil McGraw is staying put at CBS.
The host and executive producer of daytime's No. 1 rated talk show has inked a new deal with CBS TV Distribution to continue his eponymous series through 2023. The multiyear pact will take the show, now in its 17th season, through season 21.
The news comes as McGraw’s power at the recently rocked company arguably has never been greater. In addition to his own highly rated series — increasingly an anomaly in a challenged landscape — he is an executive producer on the daytime talk show The Doctors, now in its 11th season, and the daily syndicated newsmagazine DailyMailTV.
McGraw is also a co-creator of the CBS drama series Bull, which was inspired by his early career as head of the nation’s most sophisticated trial science firm. Via his Stage 29 Productions, he has a development deal at CBS TV Studios, too, with several other projects in the works.
“Dr. Phil is a titan of daytime television, setting the gold standard delivering clinically sound, common-sense, usable information to millions of homes every day. There has truly never been anyone else like him and we are thrilled to continue our longtime relationship,” CBS TV Distribution president of sales Steve Hackett noted Thursday in a statement announcing the news.
Added McGraw: “I am so proud to extend my relationship with CBS. ... Our success is all about team. Carla Pennington, my unbelievably talented executive producer since day one, leads the most talented and committed team in television, delivering quality, meaningful content every day CBS Television Distribution for so many years. And perhaps the most important team member, my wife, Robin, who has been a part of the show since its inception and is such an invaluable touchstone for me personally.”