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Twentieth Developing Two Court Strips

Nov 1, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Twentieth Television is developing two syndicated courtroom strips for fall 2006, one with Telemundo’s Cristina Perez and another with former “Power of Attorney” judge Lynn Toler.

Ms. Perez, the host of Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo’s court strip “La Corte de Familia” (“Family Court”), is scheduled to shoot an English-language pilot this month. The strip is being developed by producer Peter Brennan, who helped launched “Judge Judy” and “Judge Joe Brown.” No producer has been named for Ms. Toler’s court strip.

Twentieth already has two court shows on the air: “Divorce Court,” which is in its seventh season, and freshman strip “Judge Alex,” which has been renewed for a second year.

The first female television judge on a Spanish-language network, Ms. Perez also co-hosts a program on Radio Univision. She made her television debut with “La Corte del Pueblo” (“The People’s Court”), which aired on KWHY-TV in Los Angeles. Born in New York and raised in both Mexico and the United States, Ms. Perez runs her own law firm in Los Angeles with her husband, Christopher Gonzalez.

Mr. Brennan launched “Judge Judy” in 1996 and “Judge Joe Brown” in 1997. Most recently, he executive produced the newsmagazine “A Current Affair.” His other credits include “Hard Copy” and WNYW-TV’s “Good Day New York.”

Ms. Toler, a former arbitrator for the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court, was elected administrative judge in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court in 1994. In 2001 Ms. Toler was host of Twentieth Television’s court show “Power of Attorney.”