CBS Television Distribution has sold the half-hour strip "Hot Bench," from Judge Judy Sheindlin, to stations covering 75% of the U.S., B&C reports, with the project reportedly a go for fall 2014.
"CTD has secured sales to the CBS Television Stations, Tribune Broadcasting Company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Cox Media Group, Meredith Corp., LIN Television Corp., Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Journal Broadcast Group, Gray Television and Cowles Publishing Company," the story reports.
In a statement, Armando Nunez, president and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group, said: “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. Court has traditionally been a strong performer for stations, and we’re sure this unique take on the genre will be a great addition to the lineups of our station partners.”
In an interview, Sheindlin said: “I think good, entertaining court still has a fascination for the public. I think that what will interest people about these three judges is that they all come to the show with a perspective.”
"Sheindlin said she thought of the idea for ‘Hot Bench’ — a term used to refer to an active and engaged judge and also considered as the title for the show that is now ‘Judge Judy’ — while on vacation in Ireland with her husband, Judge Jerry Sheindlin," the story reports.
Said Judy Sheindlin: “We visited the Supreme Court in Ireland, which is a three-judge bench and the chief judge is a woman. I thought that would translate into an interesting concept for the next show in the court genre."