Reports: Jerry Springer to launch Stamford-based court show
Talk-show host Jerry Springer is set to don robes for a new syndicated court show that would be distributed by NBCUniversal and filmed in Stamford, according to several reports.
“Judge Jerry” is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2019 and be taped at the downtown Stamford Media Center, at 307 Atlantic St. The same venue hosted for nearly a decade Springer’s talk show of the same name. The program stopped production about six months ago, after 27 years on the air.
The new show has reportedly been sold to stations covering 75 percent of U.S. TV households.
“‘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,” said Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of creative affairs for NBCUniversal Television Distribution, according to outlets including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. “We are so happy to continue our fantastic partnership with Jerry, who is a proven TV icon with a dedicated and broad fan base.”
Before he began his television career, Springer, 74, earned a law degree from Northwestern University and served several years in the 1970s as a Cincinnati, Ohio city council member. In 1977, he was picked to serve a one-year term as the city’s mayor.
This fall, broadcast network The CW has aired previously filmed new episodes of Springer’s talk show, while repeat installments have continued to run in syndication.
In its past season, “Springer” had drawn an average of about 1.7 million viewers, about the same audience as Rachael Ray’s and Wendy Williams’ shows. That viewership ranked 57th among syndicated series airing in the U.S, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show set out with a serious focus on political and social issues. But it would soon shift to tabloid narratives, a move that boosted its ratings.
Springer’s show is both beloved and condemned for its outlandish story lines. Guests often revealed pregnancies and adultery, and even incest, and were prone to throwing chairs at each other.
“Springer” racked up about 4,000 episodes. In 2009, it moved its production from Chicago to Stamford.
“Maury” and “Steve Wilkos,” the two other, similar shows filmed at the Stamford Media Center, have continued their production. The three programs support some 350 jobs, according to the most recent estimates by the state Department of Economic Community Development.
DECD reported earlier this year that NBCUniversal had received more than $30 million in state production tax credits since moving Springer, Maury and Steve Wilkos to the state and establishing a headquarters for NBC Sports Group on Stamford’s East Side.
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