Judy Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, is coming to scripted TV.
The outspoken television judge is developing “Her Honor,” a drama series at CBS, which is inspired by her own life, Variety reports.
“Law & Order” vet and “Chicago Justice” showrunner Michael Chernuchin is writing the pilot, alongside Sheindlin, who is billed as story co-writer.
The show will follow the youngest judge in New York, who cuts through the chaos in Family Court, but can’t seem to maintain control of her own life outside the courtroom.
Sheindlin, according to Variety, is the most profitable star on television, thanks to her long-running court TV reality show “Judge Judy,” which debuted in 1996 and is renewed through 2020.
Her new deal is reportedly worth more than her previous contract, under which she was making a whopping salary of over $47 million per year.
VIALL’S THE NEW BACHELOR
Some folks aren’t all that thrilled about the choice of Nick Viall as “The Bachelor.”
The 35-year-old businessman was a runner-up twice on “The Bachelorette and also on the recent summer “Bachelor in Paradise.”
Many thought that Luke Pell or Robby Hayes, favorites from JoJo Fletcher‘s season of “The Bachelorette,” would be selected.
USA Today columnist Cara Kelly astutely observed that Viall is what happens when “the pool of contestants becomes so homogenized that viewers can barely tell them apart, let alone connect on the emotional level needed for the show to remain a Monday night must-watch?”
GWYN DIDN’T PAY
A Manhattan consultant is suing actress Gwyneth Paltrow and fitness expert Tracy Anderson’s health food company for not paying him.
Richard Gray of Arich, Inc. says he was hired by 3 Green Hearts in May to do marketing for the prepared foods company, the New York Post reported.
He billed the company, but was never paid, according to his Manhattan Supreme Court suit.
Maria Baum of 3 Green Hearts contacted him in July 27 to say the business — which sells gluten-free take out meals like bunless turkey burgers and zucchini spaghetti at work-out studios — was short on financial resources and wouldn’t need his services,
Steven Beltrani of 3 Green Hearts said the allegations were “factually inaccurate and we intend to aggressively defend” themselves against the suit and to “seek damages.”
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