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Daytime Emmys add court category

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 27th 2008 8:25AM
Judge JudyThe Daytime Emmys have rendered their verdict: court TV shows will compete in their own Emmy award category. On April 30th, when the nominations are announced, legal shows will vie against each other in a new category meant to honor the best in court television. That means for the first time ever, Judge Judy can go up against the likes of The People's Court, Judge Alex, Divorce Court and the rest of the justice-driven syndicated real drama series currently on the air.

For years, the Daytime Emmys have not had a way to truly rate these shows. They were not dramas like the soap operas, nor were the talk or game shows. They inevitably would have been dumped in the Special Class Series category. Last year, for example, Judge Judy was nominated for the award and faced TLC's A Baby Story, MTV's Made and the syndicated shows Starting Over and Animal Rescue. The winner, by the way, was Made (a series about teens who wish to be re-made into something else and the coaches/teachers/aides that re-make them).

Judge Judy, starring Judy Sheindlin (who was a real New York judge before becoming a TV judge), would seem to have the inside track for this award. The show has been nominated nine consecutive years in the Special Class Series slot, but has never won. Judge Judy's biggest competition is likely The People's Court with former Florida Judge Marilyn Milian.

You may wonder why it's taken so long for the court shows to get a category? Apparently, the Emmy folks, i.e. the National Academy of Arts & Sciences (NATAS), believed the genre was too cyclical, that it would burn out after a few years. Instead of disappearing, the judge shows have proliferated the dial. The appeal, say TV professionals who create and sell these shows, is that people like programs that offer quick resolutions. (Tell that to the fans of Lost and Heroes!)

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I definitely have to go with Judge Milian. Judge Judy is a joke and should have ended 10 years ago.

March 28 2008 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Margaret Chambless

Watch Judge Marilyn Milian, The Peoples Court, the best of the best. She's fair, very matter of fact, entertaining, and compassionate.

March 27 2008 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Margaret Chambless

Judge Milian Rules!!. She is absolutely wonderful, not only professionally,but personally. Check out www.myfoxny.com, click on entertainment enter her name and watch the interview abour Judge Milian's double life. It's great.

March 27 2008 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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