Phil McGraw
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Since 2002, Phil McGraw has been the host of “The Dr. Phil Show,” which became the highest rated daytime talk show once Oprah Winfrey left the air in 2011. One of the most widely recognized figures in his field, the author and retired psychologist brings a unique spin to television self-help.

After gaining notoriety from appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the late ’90s, he quickly secured his own program, which has become massively popular. McGraw ranked No. 1 among TV stars on Forbes’ highest earning celebrity list in 2017, amassing roughly $99 million as of July.

He’s developed a knack for generating headlines with his tough-talking interviews with newsmakers including Burke Ramsey, Rachel Dolezal and David Cassidy. McGraw will attempt to extend his daytime dominance in the fall with syndication launch for “DailyMailTV” in partnership with the British tabloid and CBS Television Distribution. In August, his production company, Stage 29, signed a first-look deal with CBS TV Studios.

Born in Oklahoma and the married father of two sons, he attended high school in Kansas before setting off to the University of Tulsa on a football scholarship, graduating from Midwestern State University in Texas.

After co-founding the trial consulting firm Courtroom Sciences in 1990, he met Winfrey, who helped him get his feet wet on the small screen after he assisted her in a lawsuit brought against her by members of the beef industry. In 2002, Winfrey’s Harpo Productions launched his own syndicated series, and the rest is TV history.


  • DR. PHIL


  • Midwestern State University (TX, USA)
  • University of North Texas (TX, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Television Impact
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Tabloid Dynamo Daily Mail Developing TV Series with 'Dr. Phil' Team

Tabloid Dynamo Daily Mail Developing TV Series with 'Dr. Phil' Team

The Daily Mail is looking to bring its distinct brand of tabloid journalism to television in the U.S.The British print and digital news dynamo is said to have struck a deal with Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Prods. to develop a syndicated newsmagazine strip that would draw on the Mail’s considerable editorial resources and online reach.Syndication veteran Carla Pennington is on board as exec producer with Jay McGraw and Phil McGraw. CBS Television Distribution will handle distribution should the series get...


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