Amazon Freevee’s Judy Justice with Judge Judy Sheindlin returns to broadcast TV this fall as the series lands a syndication deal with more than 100 U.S. markets.
Amazon MGM Studios and Sox Entertainment signed a multi-year broadcast syndication deal with stations in more than 100 U.S. broadcast markets. Reruns of the show will air in high definition on network affiliates owned by Nexstar, Sunbeam, Cox Media, Weigel, and Mission Broadcasting.
“What a full circle moment,” said Shendlin. “This continues to be quite an adventure!”
Moving a show from streaming to linear television is a rare move in entertainment, especially in an era of content that is focused on the digital side. Judy Justice joins the ranks of The Flight Attendant, which debuted its first two seasons on Max before syndication on TBS in 2022. Paris In Love is another series that first streamed on Peacock before joining the E! lineup, which NBCUniversal also owns.
“We remain honored that Her Honor agreed to go on this streaming adventure with us,” said Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD, unscripted, and targeted programming at Amazon MGM Studios. “Having firmly cemented her place as an icon of broadcast television, Judge Sheindlin took a pioneering risk bringing her new show and brand to a then-nascent service.”
Sheindlin has been a staple of daytime television since 1999. Her hit courtroom series, Judge Judy, has never left broadcast TV and still averages 5.6 million viewers. Her most recent courtroom adventure, Judy Justice, debuted on Amazon Freevee in November 2021. The show featured Sheindlin’s sharp wit and no-nonsense approach to legal proceedings along with her granddaughter, law clerk Sarah Rose, court stenographer Whitney Kumar, and bailiff Kevin Rasco.
The series is one of Freevee’s most popular original programs, with 150 million hours watched by the end of last April. Justice Judy won a Daytime Emmy for Best Legal/Courtroom Program. The series inspired two spin-offs, Justice on Trial and Tribunal Justice, starring Sheindlin’s son, Adam Levy.
The third season of Justice Judy debuted on Freevee and Prime Video on January 22. New episodes will be released through April 5. The series is directed by Randy Douthit, who also serves as executive producer along with Amy Freisleben and Scott Koondel.
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