CBS Television Distribution has renewed The Doctors through the 2012 season. A recent trend with first run unscripted syndicated shows is to renew early and renew for a while:
In November, CTD announced it had renewed Dr. Phil out through 2014. Last summer, it renewed Rachael Ray through 2012. (The syndicator also has sold Swift Justice With in 80% of the country for next fall.)
Other syndicators also are looking to the long-term. Warner Bros. has reupped Jeanine Pirro, Judge Mathis, People's Court and TMZ through 2012 on several station groups, and NBC Universal has sold its trio of talkers—Jerry Springer, Maury and Steve Wilkos—to Tribune and other groups through 2012.