MGM’s Orion Television unit has added a new court show to daytime TV’s crowded judicial system: “Couples Court.”
The half-hour strip will feature married trial attorneys Dana and Keith Cutler presiding over disputes involving couples. “Couples Court” has been picked up for fall 2017 by stations covering 73% of U.S. TV households and 18 of the top 20 markets. Station groups on board include CBS, Tribune Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Cox.
The series hails from David Armour, the creator/exec producer of MGM’s first-run strip “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court.” “Couples Court” promises to use technology — including GPS, DNA and forensic studies of email and cell phone records — to investigate accusations of infidelity and other transgressions.
“As we have seen with ‘Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court,’ there is a demand for engaging daytime entertainment and ‘Couples Court’ is sure to offer the same real-life drama that keeps audiences tuning in day after day,” said John Bryan, president of MGM Domestic Television Distribution. “We are encouraged by the brisk reception in the marketplace and look forward to clearing the show in the remaining parts of the country.”
“Couples Court” will be produced by 79th and York Entertainment for Orion Television.
“‘Court’ is a genre that performs well on our stations, and we are pleased to add ‘Couples Court’ to the program lineup,” said Arthur Hasson, Sinclair’s chief operating officer of programming.