Jerry Springer segues from trashy talk to ‘Judge Jerry’ court show with NBCUniversal

Daytime talk show veteran Jerry Springer is moving into a new arena next year as the star of “Judge Jerry,” a syndicated court show to be distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

Word of the plan to launch “Judge Jerry” in fall 2019 comes nearly six months after production stopped on “Jerry Springer Show” in June. Springer, the former mayor of Cincinnati, hosted the talk show for 27 years.

The new hourlong strip is expected to air on many of the same stations that carried the talk show, also from NBCUniversal. “Judge Jerry” has been sold to stations covering 75% of U.S. TV households.

” ‘Judge Jerry’ will merge Jerry’s talent for connecting with people, his incredibly relatable and funny personality and his legal training and governing experience to bring viewers a more entertaining court show,” said Tracie Wilson, exec VP of creative affairs for NBCUniversal Television Distribution. “We are so happy to continue our fantastic partnership with Jerry, who is a proven TV icon with a dedicated and broad fan base.”

“Judge Jerry” is described as a traditional court show with Springer presiding over legal disputes. NBCUniversal promises Springer will “render a verdict with a fair yet firm hand and always leave litigants with a dose of classic Springer wisdom.”

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Portrait of Jerry Springer, lawyer turned talk show host, wearing a jacket and tie, Cincinnati, OH, ca 1970. Springer was a Cincinnati councilman and mayor of Cincinnati. (Photo by Daniel J. Ransohoff/Cincinnati Museum Center/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 17: Television personality Jerry Springer attends NBC Television Special 'Donahue: The 25th Anniversary' After Party on October 17, 1992 at the Rihga Royal Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 26: Television personality Jerry Springer attends the 30th Annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Convention and Exhibition on January 26, 1993 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 25: Television personality Jerry Springer attends the 31st Annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Convention and Exhibition on January 25, 1994 at Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CANADA - APRIL 30: Jerry Springer (Photo by Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Jerry Springer during Jerry Springer Promotes Videos at Wherehouse Records at Wherehouse Records in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 26: Television personality Jerry Springer attends the 36th Annual National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Convention and Exhibition on January 26, 1999 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LONDON - July 01: Chat show host and Politician Jerry Springer poses at a studio session on July 01, 2000 in London. (Photo by Rod Johnson/Getty Images)
397880 01: (ITALY OUT) Television talk show host Jerry Springer walks along Central Park South November 28, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
OXFORD, OH - FEBRUARY 13: Talk show host Jerry Springer speaks out against the threatened war on Iraq during a speech at Miami University February 13, 2003 in Oxford, Ohio. Springer, a former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, says he's thinking about getting back into politics. (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 06: Potential Senate candidate Jerry Springer, D-Ohio, receives a doll of himself from Dustin Proehl at the Ross County Democratic Party Spring Dinner in Chillicothe, Ohio. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Talk Show Host Jerry Springer and Host Jay Leno talk during the 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios September 12, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jerry Springer during Photocall For 'Jerry Springer The Opera' at The Cambridge Theatre in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON - MAY 28: Television show host Jerry Springer poses during a photocall on May 28, 2004 in London, England. Springer will join Capital Gold radio station for one week as a special guest DJ. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Jerry Springer eating the sandwich he dedicated to Carnegie Deli. (Photo by G. Gershoff/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 18: DANCING WITH THE STARS - Jerry Springer (left), notorious TV talk show host of 'The Jerry Springer Show,' talk radio broadcaster and politician, will be partnered with Australian beauty, professional dancer Kym Johnson (right), who makes her series debut this season on ABC Television Network's 'Dancing with the Stars.' Kym was the champion of the Australian 'Dancing with the Stars.' (Photo by James Sorensen/ABC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 15: Television talk show host Jerry Springer poses in the press room during the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on June 15, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SUDDENLY SUSAN -- 'The Wish List' Episode 7 -- Aired 12/6/99 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jerry Springer as himself, Brooke Shields as Susan Keane -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
LONDON - FEBRUARY 17: Jerry Springer (C) poses with cast from Chicago at The Cambridge Theatre on February 17, 2009 in London, England. Jerry Springer will be starring in the hit musical for six weeks from Monday 1 June 2009 playing the part of Billy Flynn. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Jerry Springer performs at America's Got Talent tour at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on October 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Jerry Springer (celebrating his 20th year in television) and Steve Wilkos (R) are honored on the wall of fame at The Palm on April 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 04: Television Personality Jerry Springer on stage at BritWeek 2012's 'An Evening With Piers Morgan, In Conversation With Jackie Collins' benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SYNDICATION PROMO SHOOTS -- Season: 2013 -- Jerry Springer -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Singer Michelle Williams; Rachel Feinstein ('Top Five') and comedian Mario Cantone guest co-host today; Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Guests include Jerry Springer ('Baggage') and Joshua Sasse (ABC's 'Galavant') on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm; ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) ** Local Caption ** MARIO CANTONE; JERRY SPRINGER
CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE - NOVEMBER 05: Jerry Springer during his Cambridge Union address at The Cambridge Union on November 5, 2015 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. (Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images)
CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE - NOVEMBER 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jerry Springer posing for a portrait before his Cambridge Union address at The Cambridge Union on November 5, 2015 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. (Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images)
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The new series is an effort to NBCUniversal to capitalize on Springer’s popularity in a new format that may not be as much of a turn-off to major advertisers. “Jerry Springer Show” at its peak in the late 1990s earned a reputation for raunchy, sexually charged topics and frequent violent outbursts from guests. The show has toned down the volume of hair-pulling and chair-throwing in recent years but the sleazy stigma has persisted.

“For the first time in my life, I am going to be called honorable,” Springer said. “My career is coming full circle and I finally get to put my law degree to use after all these years.”

“Jerry Springer Show” in 1999 briefly de-throned “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as daytime TV’s top-rated talk show. After being elected mayor of Cincinnati at the age of 33, Springer began his TV career in 1991 as a talk show host for Cincinnati’s WLWT-TV. The show was picked up for national distribution the following year. NBCUniversal acquired “Jerry Springer Show,” the “Maury” talker hosted by Maury Povich and other syndie series in 1998 when it bought Multimedia Entertainment.

Springer started out as a topical talker in the Phil Donahue mold, but he turned to racier material to stand out from the pack. The show’s viewership has dropped off significantly in recent years, averaging about 1.7 million viewers in its 2017-18 final season. Reruns of “Jerry Springer Show” are airing on the CW’s daytime lineup.

“Judge Jerry” will be taped before a live audience at NBCUniversal’s Stamford Media Center facility in Stamford, Conn. There’s no word on producers for the show.

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LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14: Judge Judy Gallery for the CBS special. Judge Judy Sheindlin stars in a one-hour primetime special that will include new cases and takes a look at how the Judge transitioned from New York Family Court Judge to 'Judge Judy,' on JUDGE JUDY PRIMETIME, Tuesday, May 20 (8:00 PM-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Judge Judy Sheindlin and her husband attend the 2014 Heroes Of Hollywood Luncheon at Taglyan Cultural Complex on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14: Judge Judy Gallery for the CBS special. Court will be in session when Judge Judy Sheindlin appears in a one-hour special that will showcase her unique ability to act as a true moral compass and her uncanny ability to ferret out the truth, on JUDGE JUDY PRIMETIME, Tuesday, May 20 (8:00 PM-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Judge Judy Sheindlin (R) and her husband Jerry Sheindlin arrive at the 55th Annual Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai Anniversary Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Judge Judy Sheindlin (right) and husband during Judge Judy Sheindlin Sighting in New York City - June 9, 2007 in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
Judge Judy Sheindlin and husband Judge Jerry Sheindlin (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Judge Judy Sheindlin attends the 2014 Heroes Of Hollywood Luncheon at Taglyan Cultural Complex on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Judge Judy Sheindlin attends the 2014 Heroes Of Hollywood Luncheon at Taglyan Cultural Complex on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Judge Judy Sheindlin attends the 2014 Heroes Of Hollywood Luncheon at Taglyan Cultural Complex on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14: Judge Judy Gallery for the CBS special. Look for classic Judyisms as Judge Judy Sheindlin brings her wit and no-nonsense style of justice in a one-hour primetime special, on JUDGE JUDY PRIMETIME, Tuesday, May 20 (8:00 PM-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 14: Judge Judy Gallery for the CBS special. Court will be in session when Judge Judy Sheindlin appears in a one-hour special that will showcase her unique ability to act as a true moral compass and her uncanny ability to ferret out the truth, on JUDGE JUDY PRIMETIME, Tuesday, May 20 (8:00 PM-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Judge Judy is seen outside 'The Today Show'on September 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES: Judge Judy Sheindlin (R), star of the US television court reality show 'Judge Judy' arrives with an unidentified guest for at the world premier of 'The Prestige,' at El Capitan Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California, 17 October 2006. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Judge Judy Sheindlin gives kiss of approval to son Adam Levy, 38, after the republican tossed his hat into the Putnam County race for district attorney. Levy's equally proud stepdad, ex-Bronx State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Sheindlin, looks on. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Judge Judy attends the Joan Rivers memorial service at Temple Emanu-El on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Judge Judy Sheindlin attends the 2014 Heroes Of Hollywood Luncheon at Taglyan Cultural Complex on June 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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