ABOUT THE SHOW
He’s back…legendary hallway reporter Doug Llewelyn returns just in time for the season of “The People’s Court” starting Monday, September 5, 2016. Judge Marilyn Milian steps off the bench to warmly greet the infamous Judge Wapner sidekick. Llewelyn brings back his trademark phrase “Don’t take the law into your own hands – take ‘em to court.” The honorable Judge Marilyn Milian steps back into the courtroom to preside over the multiple Emmy award winning “The People’s Court.” Milian continues to dispense justice and provide legal insight in the courtroom where justice and reality collide.
“The People’s Court,” the first popular long-running reality show continues to be a leader in the judicial genre. Each week the show reaches more than four million women in the coveted 18 plus demographic and nearly eight million total viewers. Moving into its 20th season, “The People’s Court” continues to build audience, growing +6% rating among Households year to year. “The People’s Court” continues to be one of the few court shows able to recruit viewers, building +14% rating over lead-in this May sweep with Women 25-54 and +33% rating with Households.
“The People’s Court” has been delivering reality television to viewers for over three decades. “The first 12 years on the air, Joseph Wapner presided as Judge but hallway reporter Doug Llewelyn and Rusty the bailiff were just as popular. Doug’s “Don’t take the law into your own hands – take ‘em to court” became the show’s tagline. On the twentieth anniversary of the latest run of the show what could be more appropriate than to bring Doug back to where it all began!” explains Executive Producer Stu Billett. “The People’s Court,” produced by Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Productions (the producers of the original series which ran for 12 years), draws on ordinary people who have filed grievances in civil court and have opted to have their cases heard and mediated by Judge Milian. An experienced team of researchers continually canvass courts across the country in search of the most compelling, unique and thought-provoking cases. Running the gamut from disputes between neighbors and family members, to dissatisfied customers suing businesses, Milian’s decisions – based on current law – are final and binding.
Judge Marilyn Milian brings two decades of legal wisdom to the bench. Milian was appointed to the Miami Circuit Court in 1999 by Governor Jeb Bush, where she served in the Criminal Division. Prior to that, she spent five years in the Miami County Court in the Domestic Violence, Criminal and Civil divisions. She was appointed to the County Court by then-Governor Lawton Chiles. Before serving in the County Court, Milian worked for 10 years as an Assistant State Attorney for the Dade County State Attorney’s Office, personally hired by Janet Reno.
Joining Milian is multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter Harvey Levin, who serves as the series’ host and legal reporter. In addition to introducing the cases to viewers, Levin literally takes “The People’s Court” to the people by polling viewers who watch the cases via monitor. These viewers’ spirited comments and debates regarding the cases and Milian’s decisions are then incorporated into the show. An attorney and law professor, Levin also examines and explains the legal issues and precedents introduced in the cases.
Judge Milian is assisted in the courtroom by in-court reporter Doug Llewelyn and court officer Douglas McIntosh. Llewelyn returns to interview litigants after a decision has been rendered in their cases. As court officer, McIntosh helps Milian in maintaining courtroom order, as well as acting as an intermediary between the Judge and the litigants.
“The People’s Court” is a Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Production and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.