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Judge Judy reveals details and premiere date for new show 'Hot Bench'

On Jan. 23, Judge Judy Sheindlin appeared on ABC’s “Entertainment Tonight” to reveal details about her upcoming new show titled “Hot Bench.” It premieres in Sept. 2014, but the crew is already hard at work. Judge Judy, who is 71 years old, has been the star of her own TV show for 18 years. It’s a huge hit and Sheindlin is one of TV’s highest paid stars, but the witty, outspoken and feisty judge is ready to expand her horizons. She said on air on Thursday on “ET”:

"Hot Bench," created by Judge Judy, will premiere in Sept. 2014.
"Hot Bench," created by Judge Judy, will premiere in Sept. 2014.Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Well, it’s a new adventure and you know, I’m in a different time of my life, which shows people out there that it’s never too late to have a new adventure.

As posted by ABC News on Jan. 23, Sheindlin visited Ireland recently, where she came across three-judge panels in the courtroom. Her new show “Hot Bench” will feature Judge Tanya Acker, Judge Larry Bakman and Judge Patricia DiMango. The three will hear a case and then hit the chambers to debate on the verdict.

“They’re not ashamed or embarrassed or intimidated by each other,” Judge Judy said on Thursday. She added that tempers often flare between the three opinionated, but strong judges.

Judge Judy is looking forward to her new behind-the-scenes role on “Hot Bench.” She stated about her new role, “It is exciting for me because I get to put on the hat of creator, rather than in front of the cameras.”

“Hot Bench” by CBS TV Distribution doesn’t premiere for another seven months, but the show is already sold to stations across 75% of the country, according to “Variety." It’s currently scheduled to air mostly in afternoon and early fringe time slots. CTD, the same company behind “Judge Judy” will produce “Hot Bench.”

In the meantime, fans can catch Sheindlin on “Judge Judy,” which has been the No. 1 daytime show for four consecutive seasons. New episodes of the 18th season are currently airing through syndication. In 2013, Sheindlin extended her contract to continue “Judge Judy” through 2017.

To see Judge Judy talk about her new TV show “Hot Bench,” be sure to watch her “ET” interview above.

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