Paternity Court

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Paternity Court
Paternity court.png
Format
Presented byLauren Lake
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes54
Production
Executive producer(s)David Armour
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorMGM Domestic Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelSyndication
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) – present
External links
Website
 
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Paternity Court
Paternity court.png
Format
Presented byLauren Lake
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes54
Production
Executive producer(s)David Armour
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorMGM Domestic Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelSyndication
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) – present
External links
Website

Paternity Court is a nontraditional court show/tabloid talk show hybrid, bringing family lawyer and legal analyst Lauren Lake as she hears and rules on paternity cases and renders DNA test results.

The show is produced by MGM Domestic Television Distribution and 79th and York Entertainment. It is distributed by Orion TV Productions, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).[1] Paternity Court is executive produced by David Armour.[2][3]

According to John Bryan, president of MGM Domestic Television Distribution, the series is MGM's first first-run syndication series to come to the market in years. Reports of the series first emerged in December 2012. As early as December 2012, the court show was already sold in 75% of the country. Stations acquired the show on an all-barter basis with 3½ minutes of local and 3½ minutes of national advertising time in every episode.[2][3] By August 2013, the show was sold in 92% of the country.[4]

Slogans for the program include: "Paternity Court, where science meets law,"[5] "Paternity Court, it's time to get tested!" and "Paternity Court; she's the judge; DNA is the jury!"[6]

Paternity Court premiered on Monday, September 23, 2013.[6] The court show's first day of taping was on June 13, 2013.[7]

On January 28, 2014, Paternity Court was renewed for a second season.[8]

Conception[edit]

Broadcasting & Cable has reported: It's not too far of a stretch to assume that Maury, the father of televised paternity cases, was the inspiration of this show. According to John Bryan, president of MGM Domestic Television Distribution:

"Starting in its 2009-10 season, Maury started doing a lot of paternity cases. The show's numbers went up, and today, 90% of his shows involve this in some way. On many occasions, Maury leads all talk shows among women 25-54. We also looked at what the most popular genre is in daytime and that's court. This show hits a sweet spot in daytime. Court has obviously proved itself and shows about paternity have proved themselves."

Said Neal Sabin, president of content and networks for Weigel Broadcasting, which owns WCIU Chicago:

"It's a little bit Maury and a little bit court-y [sic]. It fits with our blocks and gives us a different on court within the traditional court setting."[2][3]

Producers of the series have, however, contrasted Paternity Court from Maury: differently from Maury, Paternity Court doesn't focus on “Who’s Your Daddy?” paternity episodes, but rather focus on building relationships once the paternity results are revealed.[1] As reported in late 2012, court programming is the second highest-rated genre on daytime television.[9] However, according to John Bryan, president of domestic television distribution at MGM Television, the goal of Paternity Court is to reinvigorate the courtroom genre.[4]

Lauren Lake's approach[edit]

Paternity Court provides guests with resources in their hometowns, regardless of the outcome of the DNA results. A psychiatrist is always on-site, and Lauren Lake frequently follows up with guests. Lake utilizes her experience as a woman, a mother, a relationship expert, and an attorney to help the litigants through the problems they bring with them to court, and beyond.

Format[edit]

Paternity Court is a half-hour hybrid of tabloid talk show and court show. Lake talks to the show's guests and decides cases based upon the results of DNA tests. There are different guests for each episode. While the show's title is Paternity Court, it also looks into other situations that use DNA confirmation, such as disputes over wills.[2][3]

In late January 2013, creator David Armour revealed several details of the upcoming MGM conflict-resolution strip with Lauren Lake:

“We’re not talking about someone who broke another person’s sunglasses; these are life-altering decisions. There is a beginning, middle and end to each story. But then there’s what happens after the paternity test results. We don’t take any of this lightly. There is a responsible side to the show where we help families get on the right path.”
The program "plans to bring something ... interesting but with a truly positive resolution.”
Most episodes end with Lake revealing the results of a paternity test, but this doesn't happen in every episode. The show covers a wide range of cases.
Armour has stated that, "We want to dig into these stories much deeper than any other court show does. We’re dealing with substantial issues. On this show, we’re dealing with resolutions about how families can move forward now that they have [paternity test] results.”[4]

Unlike most present-day court shows which typically have two cases in each episode, Paternity Court focuses on one case per episode.[10] Lake takes time before and after each episode’s test results to speak with her guests.[4]

Location[edit]

Original plans for Paternity Court were to film the series from a real-life courtroom, but these plans were later scrapped.[10] Instead, the show tapes from the Sunset Bronson Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.[11]

The set of the long-running, highly successful and Daytime Emmy Award winning courtroom series, Judge Judy, is located directly beside the Paternity Court set.[11] Previously, the space directly beside Judge Judy's set was used for its long-running former sister show, Judge Joe Brown, that is, up until Judge Joe Brown's 2013 cancellation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Winston, Oretha (July 23, 2013). "Move Over Maury....Here’s Paternity Court". elev8. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Exclusive: MGM to Launch 'Paternity Court' This Fall - December 12, 2012 22:52:29 | Broadcasting & Cable". Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "DNA Testing Puts New Spin On Syndication". TVNewsCheck.com. December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "‘Paternity Court’ Clearances Hit 92%". TVNewsCheck.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Maintenance". Laurenlake.com. January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Paternity Court Premieres September 23rd on San Diego 6 the CW". YouTube. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lauren Lake (LaurenLLake) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Albiniak, Paige (January 28, 2014). "NATPE: 'Paternity Court' Renewed for Season Two". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Launches Legal Digital Network". The Hollywood Reporter. November 17, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Jeff John Roberts. "‘Paternity Court’ Moves Toward Due Date". TVNewsCheck.com. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "‘Paternity Court’ Clearances Hit 92%". TVNewsCheck.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013.