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Judge Joe Brown: Cancelled Over Contract

judge joe brown  canceledJudge Joe Brown is leaving the bench — at least for now. After 15 years on the air, Judge Joe Brown has been cancelled because a new contract agreement couldn’t be reached, reports B&C.

According to Brown, he and CBS Television Distribution (CTD) have had a profit split over the past seven years. CTD says that profit margins have become slimmer since they made the deal because viewership has dropped. With the exception of Judge Judy, all of the court shows are down this year, sometimes by as much as 20%.

After not being able to work out a new contract with Brown, CTD tried to shop a new judge — Judge Geoffrey Gaither of Marion County, Indiana — but Fox (which licenses Brown in the biggest markets) wasn’t interested.

As a result, CTD has cancelled the show and affiliates are left to figure out how to replace it.

Brown said, “It was time to move out on my own since I had some ideas that I had been having to pull teeth with no novocaine to get adopted.” He feels that CTD “difficult to deal with” and “applied zero public relations and zero advertisement” to his show.

The judge is launching his own production company and is already shopping ideas to distributors. They include a three hour radio show starring Brown and that’s already been cleared in 30 markets. This program may lead to a TV series. He also plans to produce at least one new court show, one featuring retired California Judge Deann Salcido.

Judge Joe Brown launched in September 1998 and has consistently been the second-highest rated court show, behind Judge Judy. It will continue to air until September 2013.

What do you think? Will you miss watching Judge Joe Brown? Would you watch a new program featuring Brown?


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Gingr October 14, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Just want to let judge Brown know he is mist,think the three judges on the new show not so good,


Kimberly Kite October 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Why r they taking all the good couet shows off tv. They took Judge Alex and Judge Joe Brown off T.V. U guys need to put these 2 court shows back on T.v. They were both awsome Judges and spoke the truth and they made a difference in peoples lives. Please put them.back on T.V.


sb September 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm

I really did like him he spoke truth, I miss him


Fifi September 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I liked his show in its beginning stages. As a matter of fact, he used to be my favorite TV judge. However, over the years he seemed to wax cold and was not as lively as he was at first (seemed disinterested and bored w/his duties as a judge). I used to love to hear him give straight-laced and impartial advice to those involved in cases in his courtroom. He actually came off as a type of father figure to me. I became very disappointed when he began to let the litigants talk over him and run the show. I’m sorry for him that the cancellation happened the way that it did, but I honestly feel it was inevitable; the show had run its course. “I wish you well, Judge Joe Brown. I’m sure you’ll be just fine without a television show.”


laura pettigrew August 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

i will miss him very much i think he did what he was suppose to do .i loved him and will miss him.i will watch anything that he does.hope to see hime on air husband and myself think and talk about him a lot. and i think he is funny too.!!!!!


Anonymous June 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm

I never liked judge joe brown he seemed like he did not care I think he just liked the title but not the job he tried to excuse every case and did not want to be bothered with it I think he was just lazy glad he’s gone judge judy rocks she don’t put up with ignorant people .sc


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