The 2019 Daytime Emmy nominations haven’t been announced yet, but we already know who one of the winners will be. Judy Sheindlin, the longtime star of the courtroom show “Judge Judy,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s 46th annual event.
Television academy president and CEO Adam Sharp said in a statement, “The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize both the excellence and vibrant diversity of daytime television programming. Judge Judy Sheindlin epitomizes both, shaping one of the mainstay genres of our medium.”
Daytime Emmy senior vice president and executive producer David Michaels added, “Daytime television wouldn’t be what it is today without Judy Sheindlin. ‘Judge Judy’ redefined and reinvigorated the courtroom format propelling the genre to new heights.”
But for a while Sheindlin couldn’t get arrested at the Daytime Emmys. “Judge Judy,” which debuted in 1996, first competed in the Best Special Class Program category since there wasn’t yet an award specifically dedicated to courtroom shows, but she never won. Then in 2008 the academy created the prize for Best Legal/Courtroom Program, as if to clear the way for Sheindlin to finally win, but even then her show kept missing out.
First “Cristina’s Court” won the award three years in a row (2008-2010). Then the prize went to the now notorious Fox News personality “Judge Pirro” (2011) and “Last Shot with Judge Gunn” (2012). After almost two decades in daytime TV, “Judge Judy” finally won in 2013, and then twice more in 2016 and 2017. And she’ll have at least a few more chances to win that prize since her show has been renewed through its 25th season (2020).
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