Amazon Freevee’s original series Judy Justice landed a syndication launch date for the fall of 2024 as Judge Judy Sheindlin looks to move her series back to broadcast, according to Deadline.
The court show hosted by the famed judge is the first Freevee series to move from streaming to a broadcast network, and the first streaming show to land a syndication deal. The fall launch date for Judy Justice coincides with the end of Judge Judy’s current station deals, Deadline reported. With so many shows jumping from broadcast to streaming, returning to her televised roots is an interesting move on Sheindlin’s part.
The first two seasons consist of 260 episodes that have only been streamed on Amazon’s free ad-supported platform. The series has already been renewed for two additional seasons, bringing the episode count to 400 by the fall broadcast syndication launch date.
Sheindlin rose to fame with her feisty demeanor and no-nonsense attitude on Judge Judy, which began in September 1999 and quickly gained a dedicated following, earning her a $47 million-per-year contract. Reruns of the original series continue to bring in an average of 5.6 million viewers this season, even after the conclusion of its original syndicated run two and a half years ago.
Freevee and Sox Entertainment were not immediately available to comment on whether the series will concurrently or whether Judy Justice will replace Judge Judy to some extent.
Judy Justice follows the same line as Judge Judy, featuring Sheindlin voicing in on cases with appearances from her grandaughter, law clerk Sarah Rose. Plaintiffs can win a $10,000 reward instead of the standard $5,000 offered in Judge Judy’s other series. Fans tuned in to watch more than 150 million hours by the end of April 2023, and the streaming series won a Daytime Emmy for Best Legal/Courtroom Program. The series is one of Freevee’s most popular original programs and inspired the spin-off seriesTribunal Justice, which also stars Sheindlin’s son and legal professional Adam Levy, and Justice on Trial, another spinoff that was greenlit in May.