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Behind the Scenes With America's Favorite (Current) TV Judge

Way back in February, we brought you up to speed on the current status of Judge Joseph Wapner, late of  "The People's Court." Wapner was undoubtedly a pioneer, and TPC spawned countless copycat shows, one of which has stood the test of time.

I'm talking about "Judge Judy," starring former New York Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin. And so was USA Today in a thorough profile in yesterday's paper (via the ABA Journal).

The ABA Journal blurb picks up on the most jaw-dropping, and potentially rage-inducing, aspect of the profile. Namely, that Sheindlin is paid $45 million a year for 52 days' work. Take that, federal judiciary! I'm a big Judy fan, but had no idea that she clobbers Oprah in the ratings. Or that she has a private jet.

The USA Today piece is worth reading, despite passages like the following:

Watching a taping of Judge Judy can be a little like watching a mouse get dropped into a pet boa's glass case. There'll be some tension, some dramatic buildup, perhaps an attempted escape. But eventually, that mouse is going to get swallowed whole.

So, too, do many of Sheindlin's hapless litigants (some of whom volunteer, while others are discovered by producers who go through court dockets looking for promising small-claims cases).

Yikes. Saccharine cliched simile journalism fail.

I certainly hope Erica Rose gets her hand on a copy of the article. It should inspire her to continue dreaming big. As soon as she resolves her current "situation." (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Posted by Eric Lipman on July 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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