Jerry Springer will be hosting a court show called Judge Jerry beginning in Fall 2019. This marks Springer's return to daytime television, following the cancellation of his self-titled hit talk show, which ran for almost 30 seasons. The show was cancelled in July, and The CW began airing reruns following the previously standing syndication agreements.
Springer, in fact, has a J.D. degree from Northwestern University, and had a law career before he transitioned to the television world. The Jerry Springer Show is remembered for the mediation and composure he brought to outrageous conflicts between the show's guests, who frequently got into intense physical altercations. The show was a parody goldmine during its run, including the famous Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons, in which the family goes on the show over Maggie's hidden alien paternity. As in the case of CBS' Judge Judy, the show's most insane guest segments have amassed millions of online views, which has helped maintain Springer's notoriety. Now of course, the question is whether or not the audience will be able chant "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!" without Springer calling for order in the court.
NBCUniversal Television Distribution, which was home to The Jerry Springer Show, will premiere Judge Jerry as a half-hour, daytime courtroom program. The show is already set up for national syndication, with television groups including Tribune, Sinclair, Weigel, Hearst, Cox, Sun Beam, Block, Raycom, Tegna, Scripps, Meredith, and Capital buying in. This means the show will have airtime coverage across three quarters of the U.S., Deadline reports. Tracie Wilson, EVP, Creative Affairs at NBCUniversal TV Distribution stated:
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. We are so happy to continue our fantastic partnership with Jerry, who is a proven TVicon with a dedicated and broad fan base.
Next fall promises high stakes in daytime television viewership competition across the major networks. NBCU is also launching a talk show hosted by Kelly Clarkson, which may go up against Fox's Breakthrough With Dr. Steve Perry, and a RuPaul-hosted project that's still shopping for a home. Judge Jerry is set for live audience taping, which will happen at the Connecticut-based Stamford Media Center, where Maury and The Steve Wilkos Show are filmed. Steve Wilkos was a bodyguard on The Jerry Springer Show, before NBCU gave him a talk show of his own in 2007.
Putting Springer in a courtroom setting has terrific potential for the genre. While multiple courtroom shows have graced daytime television, none are more famous than Judge Judy, and while Springer has her relative level of fame as a host, his approach has always geared towards empathy and compassion. Hers has been pragmatic and humorless, and both have achieved significant ratings successes in their own right. For NBC, who took a hit by cancelling the controversial Megyn Kelly Today, a dependably likeable, "good guy" personality like Springer is a safe bet that could be end up being a big daytime audience draw.