Fox Sets ‘You the Jury’ Live Reality Series With Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro

Fox is taking the live voting principle that rocketed “American Idol” to popularity and applying it to real civil court cases. The result is “You the Jury,” the broadcaster’s latest reality series hosted by Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, and as you can see in the trailer above, it’s a bit like “American Idol” meets “Judge Judy,” complete with a live, gasping audience.

Each week, the show’s prosecution and defense — including attorneys Jose Baez, who defended Casey Anthony; Benjamin Crump, who has fought for justice for Trayvon Martin; and Joseph Tacopina, who has represented some of the biggest stars in the country; as well as Areva Martin, Mike Cavalluzzi and Charla Aldous –– will question and cross-examine the litigants and expert witnesses, as they present their arguments to America and former judge of the Superior Court of California LaDoris Cordell.

Here’s where it gets a little complicated: Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for approximately five minutes, via text and the FOX Now App, after the case has been presented. At the end of the East/Central time zone broadcast, “America’s Verdict” will be revealed. The vote on the verdict is 100% live and binding and it will reflect the decision made by the American public. However, when the West Coast votes, if the cumulative votes (East/Central and West Coast/Mountain Time Zone combined) lead to a different verdict, the original verdict will be overturned as the final outcome of the case.

The series is produced by Renegade 83. Jay Renfroe, David Garfinkle and Conrad Green serve as executive producers.

“You the Jury” premieres Friday, April 7 on Fox.

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  1. Vinnie C says:

    Couldn’t vote. The show gave the number to text in favor for her and stopped before they have the number to text for him. Rigged!

  2. Justin says:

    Worst show I have ever seen. Infuriating to see such a skewed group in the audience just reacting on emotion and not at all on logic. Garbage that needs to be taken down

  3. Tomtom doedoe says:

    This is just another way to divide the country. East coast against west coast. I give up on this place, it will be scary and sad. Wow what a world.

  4. How this cockeyed woman became a judge, is beyond me. The university was handing out law degrees like free condoms. Janine Pirro lol, judge….on civil cases, these aren’t real murder cases. They are set up scripted, civil suits. Not a reality show. Not real. It’s just a refurbished Jerry Springer show merged with the kardashians. A circus a carnie show and you the viewer are treated as if you were born a minute ago. What American TV has come to sad sick world.

  5. Timothy Tomblin says:

    This has to be the worst idea ever. Reason #1, this idea is a thing because people are lazy and don’t want to be jury (get off your lazy butts people and deal with it).Reason #2, have they thought of the injustice that will come to light because of fat basement trolls who don’t have any lives so they ruin others? Reason #3, sorry to admit… but people are dumb. And don’t know anything about anything. Reason #4, how do you know who is voting? It could be done serial killer who supports murdering or something like that. Are you seriously going to let them vote in a bit that will decide someone’s freedom? Your giving people too much power.

  6. Blakeney says:

    Trial by popular vote? Please tell me this is a joke. I know civilization is headed down the tubes but we don’t need to rush toward it with open arms. Seriously doubt I will be watching anything on Fox if they try to put this forward as a legitimate concept.

  7. Tom doe says:

    If you are stupid enough to sign up for this then you deserve to be out on national television and made fun of.

  8. Sandie says:

    I sen some of those trials. Do not thin this will work You have to watch the whole trial to get the full evidence. PPl wil just vote here cause they do not like the race or the person….

  9. Ganja Gant says:

    The commercial made this look like the execution trial in Starship Troopers. Would you like to hear more? Well You the Jury is trying to 1984 America. With flashy scenery, mainstream time slots and the names behind this show they will try to manipulate ones expectations of the judicial process with modern flare.There potentially could be a change in our perception of crime or disagreements in this shows favor. Hell, American Idol did convince a lot of us that Kelly Clarkston was something worth listening to. Imagine what a justice show in the same style could do. All I know is I’m betting on Ben Richards too.

  10. GB says:

    This sound absolutely dreadful. C’mon Fox, you’re better than this. (Barely)

  11. Steve says:

    A truly repulsive person? Geez, I guess Greg is a judge too!!!

  12. greg marotta says:

    A ridiculous concept hosted by a truly repulsive person. Should be a huge hit.

  13. Wake up says:

    Wow…the future has arrived (a’ la Stephen Kings The Running Man) and it’s premiering on Fox–being hosted by Jeanine Pirro…somehow I think I’ll take a pass…

  14. Renee Foster says:

    To me, this is akin to putting the guillotine in the middle of the town square. It certainly isn’t criminal justice reform by any stretch of the imagination. I will not be watching Jeanine Pirro ever…

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