Host: Judge Eric Andell.
Pilot of this juve court series, in a two-week tryout, wins immediate points by having Judge Eric Andell on the bench. First two cases in the series have surprising depth; Andell, who at first seems flippant, instead is a wise, compassionate jurist who just may have a series here.
Vanshaun X. Scott, 16, charged with threatening a store owner with a gun, is accompanied to court by his loving grandmother, who immediately pins a lie to the boy’s lips.
Almost breaking down, she tells Vanshaun’s story as well as her own, and Andell doesn’t need to squint to see the fine print.
Second case, Arvie Lynn Hicks Jr., 15, was caught burglarizing a vehicle he meant to steal. His unofficial guardian, Jean Walker, who’s cared for the boy since his mom died and his dad went off to prison, tries describing Arvie’s bumpy life.
Andell, whose Houston accent and kind-but-direct manner should attract post-matinee watchers, hands down wisdom in an unwise world. Program, also airing in four other markets, shows the outcome of one of the cases; the other’s on hold.
Video work is sharp, and the production’s pro. The verdict looks good.