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'Dr. Phil' Will Tell It Like It Is Until 2014

by Lauren Metz, posted Nov 9th 2009 3:00PM
Dr. Phil McGraw"Let's do it!" You can count on hearing this, and all of Dr. Phil's catch phrases, for the next three years as his talk show has been renewed to run through 2013-2014.

'Dr. Phil' first premiered Sept. 16, 2002, and the extension will take the show through its 12th season. Phil McGraw, a quirky Texan clinical psychologist, first came to fame when he helped Oprah Winfrey win a 1998 lawsuit broughton on by cattle farmers who claimed she defamed the beef industry. The daytime talk show queen felt so inspired by McGraw's straight-to-the-point attitude that she invited him to tackle life issues on her show.Dr. Phil McGraw"Let's do it!" You can count on hearing this, and all of Dr. Phil's catch phrases, for the next three years as his talk show has been renewed to run through 2013-2014.

'Dr. Phil' first premiered Sept. 16, 2002, and the extension will take the show through its 12th season. Phil McGraw, a quirky Texan clinical psychologist, first came to fame when he helped Oprah Winfrey win a 1998 lawsuit broughton on by cattle farmers who claimed she defamed the beef industry. The daytime talk show queen felt so inspired by McGraw's straight-to-the-point attitude that she invited him to tackle life issues on her show.

Dr. Phil was instantly a huge hit with viewers and eventually Winfrey's Harpo Productions (which now also produces 'The Rachael Ray Show' and 'The Dr. Oz Show') gave McGraw his very own series. Although widely popular, 'Dr. Phil' has yet to emerge from 'Oprah''s monster-sized shadow and ranks second among daytime talk shows.

So while Dr. Phil will continue to "tell it like it is," there's one other thing we hope he also keeps up -- his ability to laugh at himself. The show has been spoofed by everything from 'SNL' to 'Sesame Street' and we have a funny feeling there will be plenty more where that came from!

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