‘Judge Jerry’ canceled after three seasons
By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links
Jerry Springer’s “Judge Jerry” syndicated court TV show has been canceled after three seasons, Deadline first reported.
NBCUniversal Syndication Studios announced it’s not renewing the show four a fourth season.
“Jerry” features Springer, who made a name for himself as the king of conflict talk shows as well as dabbling in politics and commentary on local TV.
Although produced and distributed by NBCU, the show airs mostly on CW, Fox and independent stations across the country. Because it’s syndicated, the network affiliation (or lack thereof) of the station airing the show, like any syndicated program, varies from region to region.
“Jerry” originally showed promise when it debuted in the fall of 2019, earning the distinction of being the highest rated new court show in five years, but ratings flatlined.
Springer did graduate from law school but was never a judge, meaning he can’t officially be called a “judge” in most arenas.
Most courtroom TV shows, including “Jerry,” “The People’s Court” and “Judge Judy” are actually conducted more in line with binding arbitration. The show’s producers typically find parties who are willing to drop their civil small claims cases in the “official” legal system and turn it over for the show’s judge to decide.
Some shows, including “People’s Court” and “Judy” use retired judges, who typically are permitted to retain their titles after leaving the court system. However, binding arbitration doesn’t require the arbitrator to be a judge, so that’s how “Jerry” was able to decide claims.
The court TV genre was upset when Judge Judith Sheindlin ended production of new episodes of her hit “Judge Judy” after 25 years. CBS Media Ventures, which distributes the show, nevertheless renewed the show for two more seasons.
“Judge Judy” is currently in the first year of that extension, which features cases culled from the show’s thousands of previous episodes and repackaged as “new” episodes.
Sheindlin, meanwhile, ended up signing with Amazon owned streamer IMDb TV to create “Judy Justice,” a new court show. IMDb is free to watch but supported by advertising and hiring Sheindlin was seen as a bold move to boost interest in the service.
By the time she ended her run on “Judge Judy,” Sheindlin was reportedly making around $47 million a year, but had been involved in multiple lawsuits with CBS over various claims related to the show. Her exact salary has never been revealed, and there have been hints that the figure bandied around isn’t accurate.
Her new salary hasn’t been revealed, but Sheindlin hinted she’s making a similar salary to what she was earning before because Amazon was already aware of her purported salary, making negotiations easier.
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