Judge Judy’s Judy Sheindlin is launching a second syndicated court show, Hot Bench, in the fall.
According to Deadline, Sheindlin’s new court show has clearances in 75% of the United States and comes from CBS TV Distribution. This is the first show Sheindlin has created. Hot Bench was sold to CBS Television Stations and stations from Tribune, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Cox Media Group and Meredith Corp and others. It will air during the afternoon and early-fringe times.
“Judy Sheindlin has been a very important part of the CBS family for many years, and everyone at our company is excited to launch this new show and bring Judy’s creative vision to the air,” Armando Nuñez President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group said.
Hot Bench is executive produced by Judge Judy executive producer and director Randy Douthit. The show features a panel of three judges, Judge Patricia DiMango and attorneys Tanya Acker and Larry Bakman, listening to court cases, disputing the qualities of the cases amongst themselves and delivering a verdict.
Hot Bench gets its name from the term “hot bench” where the judges are prepared in advance by having read the court cases and frequently interrupt the lawyer with questions, leading to lively exchanges.
“When my husband Jerry and I were in Ireland recently, we visited the courts and watched a three-judge bench, which I found both fascinating and compelling,” Sheindlin said. “I immediately thought what a terrific and unique idea for a television program that brings the court genre to the next level.”
Judge DiMango is a New York State Supreme Court Judge in Brooklyn. Acker is a Los Angeles-based attorney and a political, social and legal commentator. Bakman is a member of the State Bar in California and New York and has a private legal practice in Los Angeles.