The syndicated court show was created by Judge Judy Sheindlin and features three judges — Patricia DiMango, Tanya Acker and Larry Bakman — presiding over one bench. Each episode sees them arguing over the facts of one case until they reach a verdict. Cameras follow them into their chambers for a behind-the-scenes look at a judge’s process.
“I’m gratified that viewers have embraced ‘Hot Bench,’” Sheindlin said in a statement. “I came up with the idea on a trip to Ireland last year with my husband and we observed a three-judge bench and found the process fascinating. I’m glad the viewers agree!”
The show’s first season was the top new firstrun syndicated show of the season, with a 1.5 HH rating and 2 million viewers.
Randy Douthit, exec producer and director of Sheindlin’s “Judge Judy,” will exec produce along with Maureen FitzPatrick. CBS Television Distribution and Queen Bee Productions will produce, with CTD also distributing.