I found her! Way back when, I told you that according to Entertainment Weekly, Judy Sheindlin’s show, Judge Judy would end in 2021 when it completed its 25th year. But here’s the thing – she wasn’t going away, just chasing addresses.
CBS, who owns the Judge Judy, will be making reruns of the show available when the 25th season ends. But Sheindlin quietly (which for her, is something) began new airing episodes of her new show, Judy Justice late last year on IMBDTV. The first season of the new show features 120 episodes which were filmed from July-October 2021 with new half hour-ish episodes being posted every day on the free streaming service now known as Freevee to emphasize its free programming as opposed to its Microsoft Prime streaming service. Any way, you can find the show by going to IMBD.com. (I know, it’s confusing and convoluted.)
Judge Judy has been the #1 show in first-run syndication for the last 10 seasons and the #1 program in daytime since the 1998-99 season. Now that legacy continues with the show. Although there are some differences of the two shows, Judy Justice is pretty much the same. Most episodes feature only one court case and few feature two cases and they are not rushed as they were in the old format. Judy also has some co-stars in the new show. Sarah Rose, Judy’s adult granddaughter gets the most screen time. She is law student and former Hot Bench production assistant. During the cases, she helps finding information on the fly for Sheindlin and talks about the cases with her grandma in the judge’s chambers after each one. The show also stars (if that is the correct word here) stenographer Whitney Kumar and bailiff Kevin Rasco, who served as the head of security on Judge Judy for three years. The latter two don’t get to say much on the new show. As for Sheindlin herself, she seems a little more compassionate on the new show even offering tissues to some of the participants from time to time. However, I will say, hearing her say the phrase “Just a second” repeatedly does get a little old.
When Judge Sheindlin was a Family Court Judge in New York, she earned a reputation as an extremely effective judge that garnered national attention and was the subject of a Los Angeles Times article in February 1993. That story caught the attention of 60 Minutes, which led to a segment on the iconic newsmagazine. After her appearance, she was approached about the possibility of presiding over cases on a television program.
In 2019, Sheindlin was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys. The year prior, she was the world’s highest-paid TV host, with $147 million in pretax income in 2018.
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