While SABC2 is behind with Dr. Phil, it's currently in its 14th season in the United States and will go until at least its 18th season in 2020 according to a new deal with CBS TV Distribution with Dr. Phil McGraw who is both the host and co-executive producer, as well as the executive producer of The Doctors on M-Net City (DStv 115) along with his son Jay McGraw.
In America Dr. Phil is the highest rated TV talk show, trouncing Ellen, seen in South Africa on M-Net (DStv 101), but was embroiled earlier this month in massive staff firings and facing personnel revolt.
"All of us in the Dr. Phil family are extremely excited to extend the show through 2020," says Dr. Phil McGraw.
"Extending this dynamic partnership with CBS affords us the chance to continue our important work with individuals and families across America and around the world."
"Personally I am so proud to continue with the best team in television. Most of my television family, from Carla Pennington the executive producer, to the same 7 cameramen I had when we started over 13 years ago, are still here making a difference everyday."
"Dr. Phil is the leading voice in daytime television and he's made his show an important platform to discuss issues our viewers are struggling with every day," says Armando Nunez, the president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group in announcing the 5 season renewal.
"He truly is one of a kind. We're so thrilled to have Phil as part of the CBS family and look forward to continuing our long, productive and extremely successful relationship with him."