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Judge Wapner returning to The People's Court... for a day

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 5th 2009 10:32AM
wapner_the_peoples_courtThere's something sweet about birthday reunion celebration, and on Friday, November 13 -- defying all superstitions about Friday the 13th -- The People's Court will honor the original judge, Judge Wapner, on the show. Judge Marilyn Milian will move aside and the distinguished, no-nonsense Wapner will pick up the gavel one more time. Will Dustin Hoffman make a guest appearance? Gosh, I hope so.

Actually, it's Judge Wapner 90th birthday and he's getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (on November 12), so it just seemed appropriate to bring it full circle.

Perhaps some people don't remember the Wapner era. When he ruled the bench, he was the man. He was there before all these other court shows and he was the original. As Jackie wrote in a feature about court shows here on TV Squad: "He was the original judge in the genre. He didn't need no steenkin' shtick."

There was some shtick that grew around the Judge, however, thanks to the Oscar-winning film Rain Man. In that film, Raymond, an autistic man -- and savant -- played by Dustin Hoffman, was addicted to watching The People's Court every day. When Raymond wanted to see the show, he pestered his brother with the line, "It's time for Wapner."

On November 13, it'll be time for Wapner once again.

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roberta nisslein

WHAT HAPPENED ON NOV 13TH?? CANCELLED A MD APPOINTMENT TO WATCH AND THE SHOW WASN'T ON.. WHEN WILL IT BE SHOWN IN NYC??

November 17 2009 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Muff

Showed in Chicago yesterday, 12/11/09

December 12 2009 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Schmooze99

Judge Wapner broke the mold! HE ROCKS!!! Thank you, Judge, for teaching us how to do business and state our cases in court! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!

November 11 2009 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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