David Theodosopoulos Named ‘Hot Bench’ EP

David Theodosopoulos has been named executive producer of Hot Bench, the syndicated courtroom program. The announcement was made today by Hot Bench creator Judge Judy Sheindlin. “David is a brilliant lawyer with a keen sense of storytelling. Hot Bench is thriving under his guidance,” said Sheindlin. Theodosopoulos has been at the helm since March when Hot Bench started taping its fourth season. Before […]

Judge Michael Corriero Joins ‘Hot Bench’

CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated court series, Hot Bench, will add Judge Michael Corriero to the three-judge bench. Corriero will join Judges Patricia DiMango and Tanya Acker beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1. Hot Bench creator Judge Judy Sheindlin said: “I am thrilled to introduce Judge Michael Corriero to the Hot Bench audience. We first met as young lawyers. Judge Corriero […]

Judge Judy’s ‘Hot Bench’ Is Surprise Hit

The new show, created by the star of Judge Judy, has defied the odds to become the No. 1 new syndicated offering of the 2014-15 season.

‘Hot Bench’ Gets Second Season, Upgrades

The CTD court show that is syndication’s No. 1 new entry is renewed and will also move to CBS-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Miami and Denver on March 30, 2015.

CBS Sees ‘Hot Bench’ As ‘Latifah’ Successor

The freshman three-judge panel show looks to move from the CBS duopoly stations to CBS-network stations in fall 2015 in timeslots now occupied by the departing Queen Latifah talk show.

TVNEWSCHECK FOCUS ON PROGRAMMING

Rookie ‘Hot Bench’ Heating Up Syndication

The show, which is carried on stations owned by CBS, Tribune, Sinclair and others, is the No. 1 freshman in first-run broadcast syndication in total households and is tied for second in the women 25-54 demo. “It’s doing better than many people were expecting,” says Bill Carroll, VP and director of programming at Katz Television Group. “It usually takes time for the audience to find a new show and be comfortable with it. It seems the audience is embracing this one.”

Laying Out The Odds: The New Syndie Shows

Having a well-known host does not guarantee a new talk show’s survival. Just ask Katie Couric and Arsenio Hall, two of the highest-profile talk show hosts to debut in syndication over the past few years. Both their efforts failed. This week another new batch of shows premieres, and they hope to survive until a second season against very tall odds.

Maureen Fitzpatrick Named EP Of ‘Hot Bench’

The former EVP of programming and development at CBS Television Distribution, Joins Randy Douthit to lead new syndicated court show debuting in the fall.

Syndicated ‘Hot Bench’ A Go For Fall 2014

CBS Television Distribution has sold the court strip from Judy Sheindlin to stations covering  75% of U.S. Station groups picking up the half-hour show include CBS, Tribune, Sinclair, Cox, Meredith, LIN, Nexstar, Journal, Gray and Cowles.

CTD Prepping ‘Hot Bench’ Court Show

The new syndicated show is being prepped for next fall and will feature a panel of three judges.