Update: March 2, 2020, 1:00 p.m. ET:
It’s official: Judge Judy is coming to an end.
On Monday, Judy Sheindlin sat down with host Ellen DeGeneres and announced that her hit CBS reality court show will be airing its last season after 25 years. But her departure from our small screens won’t be for too long.
“I’ve had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS, and it’s been successful,” the 77-year-old said. “Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary, and CBS, I think, sort of felt, they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program, because now they have 25 years of reruns. So what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years’ worth of reruns.”
Despite this, Judy shared that she’s “not tired,” and she’s excited about her next TV project, Judy Justice, which will star her new hairdo.
“Judy Justice will be coming out a year later,” she explained, declining to say the network. “Judge Judy you’ll be able to see next year, full year, all new shows with a ponytail. The following couple of years, you should be able to catch all the reruns that CBS has sold to the stations that are currently carrying Judy, and Judy Justice will be going elsewhere. Isn’t that fun?”
The Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award recipient didn’t share what the new show will be about, but in 2016, it was rumored that it would be a drama series inspired after Judy’s real life, according to Variety.
While we wait for more details to be revealed, longtime Judge Judy fans can catch all new episodes of the classic court show this upcoming fall through spring 2021.
Original: September 1, 2016, 1:00 p.m. ET:
When you watch Judge Judy on television, you're guaranteed lots of sass, pearls of wisdom, and ridiculous legal defenses. But soon, you'll be able to tune into a whole new version of Judge Judy that's more Shondaland than daytime TV.
Variety reports that Judy Sheindlin is working with Michael Chernuchin, a writer who previously worked on Law & Order and now runs the show Chicago Justice, to create a CBS drama called Her Honor, which will be based on Sheindlin's real life.
The main character will be the youngest judge in New York who dominates family court, but is less successful in her personal life, and there will be clear parallels to Sheindlin's life.
Sheindlin started her career as a family lawyer in 1972, and became a judge in 1982; she was appointed to Supervising Judge four years later. Throughout her career, she heard more than 20,000 cases before retiring in 1996 to start her show. As for her personal life, she divorced Ronald Levy in 1976, married Jerry Sheindlin a year later, divorced Jerry Sheindlin in 1990, and remarried him in 1991. So you can see there's a lot of good material to work off of here.
For all of you die-hard Judge Judy fans, don't worry about the future of your favorite courtroom show. Judge Judy has been renewed through 2020. Sheindlin reportedly rakes in more than $47 million a year, and her show is so successful that she's considered one of the most profitable stars on television, so she definitely knows where her bread is buttered.
But we can't help but be excited about this new prospect. If the main character on Her Honor has just a shred of the one-liners that Sheindlin has on Judge Judy, the show is sure to be addictive. Hopefully she can get in one of Sheindlin's best: "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining."
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