‘Judge Mathis’ and ‘The People’s Court’ Get Cancellation Notices

Judge Mathis and The People's Court Canceled (Credit: IMDb)

Court will soon be adjourned at Judge Mathis and The People’s Court.

Producers Warner Bros. Unscripted Television and Telepictures Productions canceled the two courtroom shows because of “the declining nature of the daytime syndication landscape,” Variety reported Friday evening.

Both programs have been on the air for more than two decades, but will halt production at the end of their current seasons.

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Judge Mathis is hosted by former Michigan 36th District Court Judge Greg Mathis.

Mathis rules on small claims disputes and often brings humor to the courtroom. The show won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News, Talk, or Information (Series or Special) in 2004. In 2018, it picked up a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. The series debuted in 1999 and is currently in its 24th season.

The People’s Court originally ran from 1981 to 1993, and was presided over by former Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Wapner.

The current iteration of the show debuted in 1997, with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch leading the series from 1997–1999. He was followed by former New York Supreme Court Judge Jerry Sheindlin, from 1999–2001. Judge Marilyn Milian joined the series in 2001, and the revival has been on the air for 26 seasons.

Milian was the first Latina judge to host a nationally syndicated television court program, according to the show’s website. The New York City-born and Miami-raised Milian is a former Florida Circuit Court judge, who also served as an assistant state attorney.

The People’s Court won Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program in 2014, 2015, 2020, and 2021.

Shortly after the cancellations were announced, Judge Mathis lined up a new court show that will be produced by Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group.