Its back! Katz Networks today announced that the new “Court TV will premiere across all platforms on Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m./EDT. The company also revealed the programming schedule for the iconic brand’s unprecedented return and launched the new courtv.com today.” The new Court TV will find a different entertainment landscape than the one it left when it joins an already crowded field that includes in this genre when it joins Oxygen TV, Tru TV, and the plethora of shows that are similar on the major networks (e.g., 48 Hours on CBs and Dateline on NBC). In addition, there are a huge number of networks on the “Rabbit Ear” channels (sub/HD channels) with a similar format. These include “Escape” and “Justice.”
The Court TV weekday schedule will start each broadcast day at 9:00 a.m. EDT with live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the most interesting and riveting trials being conducted across America. Yodit Tewolde has the morning shift as the anchor t the Court TV news desk, with trial coverage from 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon. Tewolde is followed by Julie Grant who hosts from Noon – 3:00 p.m. After that, Seema Iyer takes the chair from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. (All times Eastern.) According to a statement, the “team is comprised of seasoned journalists and lawyers who have successfully blended television and legal careers. The first trial the network will be covering will be announced shortly.”
When the court recesses for the day, the network stated that “the pillar of the network’s primetime will be Closing Arguments with Vinnie Politan, weeknights from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET. A lawyer and former prosecutor who became an EMMY® Award-winning legal journalist, Politan is Court TV’s lead anchor. He’ll host the nightly show, leading viewers through the key events and moments of the legal day, joined by Court TV’s team of anchors, legal correspondents and veteran crime and justice journalists, along with the country’s brightest attorneys, most experienced investigators and experts who will provide legal insights, opinion, discussion and debate. ”
“What SportsCenter is to sports, Closing Arguments will be to the legal world,” commented Politan. “Viewers will get nightly highlights of the trial we’re covering, plus we’ll also tick through news from the other major true crime stories of the day. After our great, all-day trial coverage, it’ll be must-see viewing for those who want to keep up with everything happening in our nation’s legal system and courtrooms.”
In addition to the network’s veteran anchor team, Court TV’s team of accomplished legal correspondents and reporters includes “Chanley Painter, Ted Rowlands and Julia Jenaé. Overseeing Court TV programming are vice presidents and managing editors John Alleva and Scott Tufts, who have a combined 40 years of experience producing trials for Court TV and CNN and who wrote the book how to produce trials on television.”
For nearly two decades, Court TV was known for bringing high-profile courtroom dramas into living rooms across the country. Continuing that history, the new Court TV will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be carried on cable, satellite, over-the-air and over-the-top. Court TV already has agreements with local TV station group owners for Court TV to reach more than half of U.S. television homes at launch through over-the-air broadcast, with concurrent cable carriage reaching 25 percent of U.S. cable homes. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, Washington and Detroit are among the major markets in which Court TV will be seen; more agreements will be announced before launch. The network has not provided details on the type of local stations that will air the programming. Therefore, the show might air on sub (HD) channels. The Daily Blaze is waiting for confirmation on channels and all the cities.