January 06, 2005 08:00 AM

TV viewers apparently still can’t get enough of Dr. Phil McGraw or MTV’s The Real World.

The No. 2-ranked syndicated talk show Dr. Phil – his producer, Oprah Winfrey, has the No. 1 show – has been renewed on stations covering 80 percent of the country through the 2008-09 season, including all top 20 markets, says the Hollywood Reporter.

So strong is McGraw’s name that on Wednesday the outspoken CBS star appeared on rival NBC’s Today show to discuss how American parents can help explain the tsunami disaster to their children. Dr. Phil’s show is currently in its third season.

Meanwhile, MTV’s original reality series, The Real World, has been renewed for five more years, through its 20th season in 2008, at least, the network announced. Production of the 16th season, set in Austin, is already underway in anticipation of its June premiere.

Also renewed by MTV, through next year, is the spinoff series Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

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