And the Emmy Goes to ... 'Cristina's Court'
June 30, 2008 10:19 PM
When Jack Wagner said "Cristina's Court" was the winner of the 2008 Daytime Emmy for legal/courtroom program, my initial reaction was a bit of disbelief and I truly said to myself: "Huh?"
This win for "Cristina's Court" is evidence of our team's hard work and love of the law and people. The nominees were so diverse, and we were privileged to have been included among this group. "Judge Judy," "The People's Court" (the show that started it all), "Judge Hatchet" (a tribute to her community and the profession) and "Judge David Young," one who makes us think outside the box.
I am so grateful to our fans, staff and producers of "Cristina's Court." I give special thanks to Lisa Lew and the genius—Peter Brennan—my executive producer. That sounds like my speech, but I am truly thankful to those who work on, support and, most importantly, watch the show.
And finally I'd like to thank a little pit bull named Capone. He wasn't a killer dog, he was a family puppy, hand-fed from birth when he lost his mother. It was Capone's sad story that won the Emmy. On an average street in Austin, Texas, last summer, Capone got loose and wandered into a neighbor's yard. The neighbor went inside, took out a .22 rifle from his gun cabinet and pumped five bullets into Capone. Then he threw him into a dumpster. For three days Capone's young owner wandered the neighborhood calling his name.
The shooter stayed silent.
"Cristina's Court" always believes in the content of our stories. Our cases are about real people and their stories. We realize that every case is different and each deserves attention. Our cases are not just in-your-face, put-downs and yell-a-thons. Now, sometimes that is completely appropriate. However, we attempt to draw the most out of the litigants by allowing them to tell their stories, and therein lies the best entertainment.
Generally, court shows are the best example of reality TV—pure unscripted drama. For each case I hear and decide upon, I make every effort to draw out the most from the people before me. Sure, I may add some spice here and there, but only when the situation calls for it, and that's surely not every episode.
Court shows have become a staple of American television. Why, you ask? Maybe because most shows are about real issues. They are about cases that matter on an everyday basis. They also teach us about taking accountability, and that to me is what it is really all about. What do you think about them?