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“Judge Judy” Renewed for Two More Seasons and other Syndication News

Court show Judge Judy Sheindlin has inked a new multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue with her show Judge Judy, and the CBS Television Stations group has renewed the top-rated court show for two more seasons.

The extension will take the show through 2012.

” ‘Judge Judy’ is the unsung hero of syndication, consistently delivering fantastic ratings to our station partners, and we’re really proud it’s the only syndicated show growing year to year,” CTD president and COO John Nogawski said.

From The Hollywood Reporter, here’s a selection of other pickup/renewal news in syndication:

— Program Partners’ “Crosswords” is a “firm go” for Season 2 after having been renewed in 40 of the top 50 markets. The distributor has secured commitments from WNBC New York and other NBC O&Os as well as stations owned by Belo, Four Points, Gannett, Gray, Guardian, Hubbard, McGraw-Hill, New Age, Raycom, Sarkes Tarzian and Sagamorehill.

” ‘Crosswords’ ‘ ratings are building continuously and now hitting season-to-date highs,” said Ritch Colbert, who heads Program Partners with Josh Raphaelson. “This renewal is a testament to our amazing production team and to the power of Merv Griffin’s original vision.”

Hosted by Ty Treadway, “Crosswords” is a half-hour game show in which five players compete against one another and the clock to solve a crossword.

“This vote of confidence from our station affiliates makes a nice start to 2008,” said Ron Ward, head of Merv Griffin Entertainment and vice chairman of the Griffin Group.

Program Partners also hinted at more news coming later in the week. The company put out a media alert that it is making an announcement today about a new syndicated project with a “major star,” though details were not disclosed. A clearance announcement on Program Partners’ court show “Family Court With Judge Penny” also is said to be imminent.

— ION Media Networks has acquired rights to “Baywatch” from Litton Entertainment. ION Television is set to launch “Baywatch” on March 3, with the David Hasselhoff starrer airing at 10 p.m. EST Monday-Thursday.

“This is another fun example of our strategy to offer upbeat, mainstream programming to our viewers,” ION chairman and CEO Brandon Burgess said.

Added Litton president and CEO Dave Morgan, “This classic series features drama, action, romance, humor and a cast of celebrity icons.”

The show, from FremantleMedia North America, premiered on NBC in 1989 and ran in first-run syndication from 1991-2001. It was executive produced by Michael Berk, Gregory J. Bonan and Douglas Schwartz.

— Twentieth has cleared the off-Fox forensic drama “Bones” in 45% of the country, including all top 10 markets, for its fall 2009 debut in broadcast syndication.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter