After 15 years, "Judge Joe Brown" prepares to bring the gavel down on itself
Sorry, daytime court-show fans; "Judge Joe Brown" will bang its gavel for the last time at the end of its current season in September.
The syndicated offering "Judge Joe Brown" will end its run after its current 15th season, CBS Television Distribution — which syndicates the series — said Tuesday.
"'Judge Joe Brown' will not be returning for another season," a CBS Television Distribution spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement. "We would like to thank Joe for 15 great years, as well as executive producer John Terenzio and the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication to the show."
The show had been sold through 2015.
According to Broadcasting & Cable, Brown and CBS Television Distribution have recently been in contract negotiations, with CBS offering a sharply decreased salary. Brown had reportedly approached other distributors, including Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, as potential new homes for the series.
In the meantime, legions of unemployed across the nation will find themselves with a dark, dreary hole in their television viewing options, which they'll have to somehow try to fill in the hours that they're not flipping between "Judge Judy," "Judge Alex," "People's Court," "Judge Mathis" and "Divorce Court."
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