Judge Judy returns to TV in a new reality show, Judy Justice, and IMDb TV have just released the trailer giving a first look at Judge Judy Sheindlin's follow up show to her iconic Judge Judy series which came to an end on July 23rd this year. According to the trailer, the series will begin on November 1st and new episodes will arrive every weekday, but as these are almost certainly to remain an exclusive to IMDb TV, so can only be viewed by subscribers to Amazon's free premium service.
Judy Justice doesn't really deviate away from the format that made Judge Judy the most imitated, praised and successful courtroom based reality show for a quarter of a century, with Judge Sheindlin giving her judgement on cases brought to her from across the U.S. In her new series, Judy will be joined by retired Los Angeles probation officer Kevin Rasco as court bailiff, Whitney Kumar, a board certified court reporter and stenographer, and Sarah Rose, a law clerk who just happens to be the Judge's granddaughter.
The series will no doubt be a welcome return for those who don't want to watch reruns of Judge Judy, which are still appearing in numerous countries around the world and are as popular as ever. The original series premiered in September 1996 and featured Judge Judith Sheindlin adjudicating small-claims disputes in a studio-build courtroom setting and ran for a staggering 6,280 episodes in its twenty five seasons. The series as a whole picked up three Emmy awards, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and has seen an entry in the Guinness World Records.
Sheindlin partially instigated the creation of Judge Judy herself after Joseph Wapner left The Peoples' Court in 1993 and she offered to take over the role in his place. While that call led to her being called crazy and hung up on by the receptionist who took her call, a few years later, following a number of high profile features and books bringing her "toughest family court judge" reputation to a wider audience, Sheindlin was asked by two former The People's Court producers if she wanted to have her own show. Of course she agreed, and the rest is history.
In May this year, when appearing on USA Today, Sheindlin was asked if she could recall her first every cases on the pilot episode of the show, and it seems that she remembers is very well, mostly because she really didn't like it.
"I remember that somebody then was trying to fit me into a sort of cookie cutter (mold). They had seen the 60 minutes [documentary], and they thought the approach that they saw in 60 minutes could be almost a caricature, and I'm not a caricature of that person, I am that person. So the cases that they brought to me to do the pilot were not genuine, and I couldn't react to things that weren't genuine. Because when I'm trying to figure out the truth of a case, and there really is no truth, I can't work. So they took little snippets of the pilot and created a sizzle reel, along with 60 Minutes tape and sold that."
It is certain that there will be so such issues with her new series, as after 25 years of taking on TV cases, her reputation really does precede her. You can catch all new Judy Justice from November 1st on IMDb TV.