‘Judge Judy’ Scheindlin Speaks Out on New Show as Iconic Courtroom Drama Nears End After 25 Years

by Emily Morgan

After more than 25 years on the air, “Judge Judy” is adjourning court. Although Judge Judy’s courtroom drama is coming to an end, the TV personality has a new project in the works. While the judge prepares to step away from her show, Judy Sheindlin is gearing up for her next career move: “Judy Justice.” 

Set to premiere on Amazon’s ad-supported IMDb TV, Sheindlin recently announced new details about the show. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter as “Judge Judy” ends, Sheindlin revealed that she’s, in fact, not going anywhere.

However, Sheindlin confirmed, “we’ll be changing some of the things around me.” However, she promised she’s “not becoming a ballet dancer.”

According to Sheindlin, the new show will feature some familiar aspects, including keeping her behind-the-scenes crew. She said she”had wonderful people producing and directing the “Judge Judy” program, and a couple of them will be following me to Amazon.” She added, “that will keep my life on a steady keel.”

Judge Judy Set to Return to Courtroom in New Show

As of now, fans have been given few details about the upcoming series. In October, the network confirmed that Sheindlin signed a deal to bring “Judy Justice” to Amazon Studios. According to Sheindlin, the show’s team has “to deliver a certain number of episodes by December.” After that, “Amazon will make the determination how and when they want to release this show.” 

As a result, fans will likely have to wait before getting to see Judge Judy back in action. Sheindlin added, “I don’t know. Give me a robe and a case, and I’ll do my job.” The original series began in 1996 and has been one of the most-watched TV programs. Over 25-years-later, it’s still the most-watched courtroom series, averaging 9 million viewers a day. 

In 2013, 2016, and 2017, the show won “Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Drama” at the Daytime Emmys. In 2019, Sheindlin received the Daytime Emmys’ Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding work.  

Although Sheindlin has been reporting to the courtroom for more than two decades, the 78-year-old isn’t slowing down at all. She confessed to THR that she is “not tired. I don’t play golf or tennis.”

She added, “I have no desire to learn how to play mahjong, chess or checkers. I know what I like to do. Why, at my stage in life, would I try to find something else when I already know what I like?”