Judge Judy Headed to Primetime as CBS Special Tells Her Story

Thursday, 01 May 2014 07:14 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Judith Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, will be featured in a CBS one-hour primetime special set to air May 20, featuring new cases with footage of how she became America's favorite television jurists.

"Judge Judy," according to Entertainment Tonight, has been one of the nation's most popular reality courtroom programs since appearing on the air Sept. 16, 1996. She won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2013 for outstanding legal courtroom program.

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CBS tweeted about the upcoming special with Sheindlin on Wednesday.

Sheindlin didn't miss the chance to promote the upcoming special on Twitter as well.

Sheindlin rose through the ranks as a New York City juvenile prosecutor and then a family court judge before her no-nonsense but fair style caught the attention of Hollywood producers who developed a reality courtroom show around her, according to her biography.

She has been the subject of two features on CBS's news magazine "60 Minutes" in 1993 and 2003. CBS said excerpts from those interviews will be a part of Sheindlin's special, noted a statement released by CBS.

"In each case, Judge Sheindlin applies her unique ability to act as a true moral compass and her uncanny ability to ferret out the truth," CBS said in its statement. "Also highlighted are classic 'Judyisms,' her hilarious one-liners that have become part of America's lexicon, parodied from 'Saturday Night Live' to 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'"

For the past three years, "Judge Judy" has been the No. 1 ranked first-run syndication show and the top-rated daytime syndicated show for the past four seasons, according to CBS. The network reported that "Judge Judy" appears in 125 markets globally.

Sheindlin entered the field of producing, developing a new syndicated three-judge panel TV show called "Hot Bench," which will premiere in the fall.

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