At least he'll have a bench to hide behind when the chairs start flyin'…or is it gavels this time?
Will Steve Wilkos be his baliff?
Will he be able to legally order child support on the gut who turns out to be the real baby-daddy?
While the possibilities are endless until the show finally airs in Fall 2019, former talk show host Jerry Springer is returning to daytime syndication – donning the robes and taking the bench in Judge Jerry, a daily half-hour court program from NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
"For the first time in my life, I am going to be called honorable. My career is coming full circle and I finally get to put my law degree to use after all these years."
– Jerry Springer
Springer's new series will take on actual cases from real people, with Springer hearing cases, rendering verdicts, and leaving litigants with a dose of classic "Springer wisdom." Before beginning his 27 season run as host of syndicated talk show The Jerry Springer Show, Springer graduated from Northwestern University with a J.D. degree and worked for two law firms before transitioning to politics and holding office.
"Judge Jerry will merge Jerry's talent for connecting with people, his incredibly relatable and funny personality and his legal training and governing experience to bring viewers a more entertaining court show," said Tracie Wilson, EVP, Creative Affairs, NBCUniversal TV Distribution. "We are so happy to continue our fantastic partnership with Jerry, who is a proven TV icon with a dedicated and broad fan base."
– Tracie Wilson, EVP – Creative Affairs, NBCUniversal TV Distribution
NBCUniversal Television Distribution will produce the series and distribute within the U.S, which is set to be taped in front of a live studio audience at the Stamford Media Center in Connecticut. Judge Jerry is sold in 75% of the U.S. to station groups such as Tribune, Sinclair, Weigel, Hearst, Cox, Sun Beam, Block, Raycom, Tegna, Scripps, Meredith, Capital and more.