David Armour is not one to rest on his laurels. After creating “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court” in 2013 and overseeing a successful launch that saw it reap two Daytime Emmy nominations in a row, he brought the ground-breaking “Couples Court with the Cutlers” to TV in 2017. That breakout hit earned an Daytime Emmy nomination for its first season. In our recent interview, which you can watch above, Armour is quick to credit the trio of talent who preside over these shows for their success. “We’re really fortunate to have two shows with unique perspectives and great talent. They have a similar approach to storytelling but a very different tone.”
Armour, who has an extensive background in daytime TV, details the process by which he created “Paternity Court” as it was known when it debuted. “I was lucky enough to be at “The Ricki Lake Show” and see what works in daytime. One of things we identified back then was paternity testing.” While he salutes those shows that frame the results as a spectacle, he wanted to take a different approach. “Is there a way to look at paternity at its core, which is raw emotional family drama.”
He recalls meeting Lauren Lake and pitching his idea. “Lauren was an interesting talent. She could relate to the guests. She paid her way through law school as a performer. She is dynamic, entertaining, could speak the language and has a huge heart.” He admits he was worried about her reaction and was relieved that he embraced his concept. “She loved the idea that you could empower people and help them clean up their secrets.”
Seeing the success of his show about couples in conflict on a key aspect of their lives, Armour was inspired to create another courtroom program that focused on healing rifts in relationships. As for casting real-life legal eagles Keith and Dana Cutler, Armour explained he looked clear across the country. “What was so unique about the Cutlers was that they were shocked that we were interested in them. They didn’t have a reel, there was no agency to shop them around. They were down-home quality people.”
They certainly resonated with the TV academy, earning a nomination for the first season of the show. That is all but unheard of, especially in a category that is as crowded as Best Legal/Courtroom Program, which has a host of perennial contenders. And Armour teases a new courtroom show that will debut in fall 2019, which will center around the high stakes of personal injury cases.
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