‘Judy’ rules KCAL prime access

Strip faces off with 'Simpsons,' 'Seinfeld'

“Judge Judy” is set to help viewers rule on Homer Simpson, Whoopi Goldberg and Jerry Seinfeld in September.

KCAL station execs announced Monday that the indie had upgraded the syndicated courtshow to prime access for the fall season.

Paramount’s red-hot courtshow, which will start its season Sept. 13, has been slated for the coveted and crowded 7:30 p.m. slot. It will face off-net fare such as KTTV’s “The Simpsons,” KTLA’s “Seinfeld,” and KCOP’s recently-announced runs of “Star Trek Voyager.”

The half-hour strip also finds itself against “Wheel of Fortune,” “Hollywood Squares” and “Access Hollywood” on other stations in the L.A. market.

“The opportunity to add quality, reality-based programs and courtroom dramas further defines us to our daytime and evening viewers,” said KCAL sr. VP and GM Don Corsini. “We think this is a great mix of product, and a lineup that makes an ideal compliment for our primary news and sports programming.”

The new timeslot marks an additional run of the syndie courtshow, with another daily broadcast still scheduled for 6 p.m.

Other changes to the station schedule include moving the Studios USA talkers “Maury Povich” and “Jerry Springer” back an hour to 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. respectively, to make room for the new courtroom strip Judge Mathis, from Warner Bros.

The Young Broadcasting station’s lineup also placed the infant newsmag “National Enquirer,” from MGM, in the 3 p.m., slot with a second run set for 12:30 a.m.

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