Phil signs for more therapy

Host committed to doing series through 2005-06

Dr. Phil McGraw, star of the freshman syndie series “Dr. Phil,” has extended his contract on the show for two more years.

Deal means McGraw is committed to doing the series through the 2005-06 TV season.

“Dr. Phil” — which is produced by Paramount Domestic Television, distributed by King World Prods. and created by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Prods. — is broadcast on 185 local television stations, repping coverage of 97% of the country.

Show was sold in a two-year deal to stations, so the current contracts run through the end of the 2003-04 TV season.

When “Dr. Phil” debuted in September, it bowed to the strongest numbers for a talk series since “The Oprah Winfrey Show” launched in 1986. Series has continued to rate second only to “Oprah” in the talkshow category and consistently ranks among the top 10 syndicated strips.

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