I saw a news report yesterday that Judy Sheindlin, star of the daytime small claims court reality show “Judge Judy”, has just signed a contract for the next season of her program that’s worth $45 million. And to top it off, the report says she works just 52 days a year, taping multiple episodes of her program each day. I’m no math genius, but that means Judge Judy earns more than $800,000 each day she shows up at the studio.
And putting aside for the moment the obscene amount of money she’s pulling down (and I know she’s not the only one - lots of corporate bigwigs, sports stars, and entertainers make that much and more), I’m trying to understand the allure of her TV show. It’s often on one of the big TV monitors at the gym while I’m on the treadmill. Isn’t it pretty much just Jerry Springer’s show set in a courtroom? And who are these dopey folks who sign up to be on her show and get berated in front of some 6.6 million viewers?
Judy Sheindlin is probably a very nice person “in real life” and who knows; maybe I’m just jealous of someone who can pull down nearly a million bucks a day. But am I missing something here? What makes Judge Judy so popular?