“Jury Duty,” a syndicated courtshow featuring celebrities as jurors, has racked up clearances in 70% of the U.S. for a September debut, and is angling to secure a cable network buyer for a simultaneous run.
Vincent Dymon, head of “Jury Duty” producer Radar Entertainment, said that because of its format, the five-day-a-week show is geared more toward a general entertainment cable net than a more seriously themed Court TV. Three celebs will question adversaries in real small-claims court cases; Bruce Cutler, the defense attorney in the Phil Spector murder case, will preside as judge. If, after deliberation, the jurors can’t reach a verdict, Cutler will render the decision.
Showrunner of “Jury Duty” is Susan Winston, former exec producer of “Good Morning America.” Taping starts in late June in Los Angeles. With a production schedule of five shows a day, Winston said all 130 half-hour episodes should be completed by the third week in August. The distributor of “Jury Duty,” Forster/Tailwind, has signed WPIX New York, KCAL Los Angeles, WCIU Chicago, KTXA Dallas and KBWB San Francisco.
Stations pay no cash for “Jury Duty” but hand over half of the advertising time — 3½ minutes — to Trifecta Media, the sales agent for Radar Entertainment.