Say Goodbye to Judge Judy

Published on March 2, 2020

Daytime television powerhouse Judge Judy is coming to an end after the 2020-2021 season after 25 years on the air. Judy Sheindlin, the show’s host and star, announced the news on Monday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The courtroom reality program features Sheindlin presiding over real small claims court cases. Premiering in 1996, Judge Judy has been a staple in American daytime television for decades. The show maintained high ratings throughout most of it’s run, and every American kid remembers being home sick from school and watching Sheindlin sling sassy retorts at errant landlords.

The wisecracking TV judge is rewarded handsomely for her long-running efforts. Sheindlin was the highest-paid TV host in 2018, netting $147 million before taxes. With that much money in the bank, you might think that Sheindlin is ready to retire after 25 years on TV.

Not quite the case. We haven’t seen the last of Judge Judy yet.

The Era of The Reboot

Sheindlin told Ellen that she plans to do a new show called Judy Justice. It’s clearly a rebranding, but many of the other details surrounding the show are under wraps. Sheindlin did not reveal what the format of the new show would be, or whether CBS, the network that distributes Judge Judy will also air Sheindlin’s new project.

It seems like Judge Judy is going for a reboot. After 25 years on the air, a refresh might not be the worst idea, but the TV reboot trend is taking over the market. Original content is rebooted, repackaged, and remarketed and sold to consumers.

Who knows whether it will work with Judy Justice, but the trend goes far beyond the reality TV courtroom drama. Everything seems to be getting a reboot these days, from Lizzie McGuire to The Hills, and now potentially Judy Justice. It’s an idea that’s obviously working for the networks and streaming services, or they wouldn’t keep doing it, but does it work for consumers?

The reboot craze is fueled by nostalgia. It’s easy to repackage and sell something to viewers that they already watched and loved. It’s easy, but it’s getting a little old. By continuing to make these reboots, the TV industry is keeping popular things going long past their times. It turns fan favorites like Full House and Roseanne, into mediocre okayish shows running off of longing for times past and cheap laughs, like The Conners and Fuller House.

25 years is an impressive run for any show, especially a reality show. There might be something to be said for just letting a good thing rest.

Olivia Smith is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers events, entertainment, fashion, and technology. She also serves as a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

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