Judge Judy Sheindlin likens the extension of her show to "a winning hand in blackjack"
Take heart, "Judge Judy" fans; Judy Sheindlin will continue to put small-claims litigants in their place for your entertainment pleasure for at least the next four years.
Sheindlin, the titular jurist of "Judge Judy," has re-upped to bang the gavel on the long-running court series through 2017.
The series, which is distributed through CBS Television, is currently in its 17th season and averages more than 9 million viewers daily, making it the top-rated show in daytime television.
Sheindlin celebrated the fact that her series will run for at least 21 seasons, saying "I still love" presiding over the show.
"Twenty-one is a terrific number," Sheindlin said. "It's when you officially become an adult, it's a winning hand in blackjack and it's the number of seasons we will have hit in 2017. I am so fortunate to have a job that I still love, working with a staff I respect and with a company who is at the top of their game."