Talk shows like Bonnie Hunt and Oprah Winfrey may be going away but it looks like the court shows are here to stay. Twentieth Television has announced that Divorce Court and Judge Alex have each been renewed for two more years, taking each through the 2011-12 season.
Divorce Court has had a long history on the small screen, in three incarnations. It ran for 12 years, from 1957 until 1969, and then came back for another seven years beginning in 1985. The current incarnation has been on the air since 1999 and Judge Lynn Toler leads the on-air proceedings.
Comparatively, Judge Alex is a newcomer, having been on the air since 2005. The court cases are presided over by Alex Ferrer, a former police officer, attorney, and Florida judge.
According to Mediaweek, each court strip is already cleared in 75% of the country for next year, including all top 15 markets.
Greg Meidel, president of Twentieth Television, said, “On a daily basis these court programs have successfully demonstrated how to simultaneously inform and entertain viewers. We are thrilled that Alex Ferrer and Lynn Toler will continue to rule over their courtrooms in a fair, trustworthy and thoughtful way.”
What do you think? Do you enjoy court shows? Which is your favorite?