Judge Judy

'Hot Bench' cleared for syndie debut in more than 75% of country

Judge Judy will be bringing daytime viewers back to the bench in the fall, this time with a new show.

Hot Bench,” from CBS TV Distribution, has been sold in 75% of the country, including stations in the CBS TV Stations, Tribune Broadcasting Company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, among others. Syndie court strip will air mostly in afternoon and early-fringe timeslots.

Created by Sheindlin, “Hot Bench” features a panel of three judges hearing court cases, arguing the merits of the case amongst themselves, and rendering a verdict.

“When my husband Jerry and I were in Ireland recently, we visited the courts and watched a three judge bench, which I found both fascinating and compelling,” Sheindlin said. “I immediately thought what a terrific and unique idea for a television program that brings the court genre to the next level. We have assembled three individuals with extremely varied backgrounds to serve as the judges. They are smart and talented, with terrific instincts and great chemistry, and are sure to create a ‘hot bench.’ ”

“Hot Bench” is exec produced by Randy Douthit, and produced by CTD, the company behind Sheindlin’s syndie hit “Judge Judy.”

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