Judge Ana Maria Polo's 'Caso Cerrado' Renewed by Telemundo (Exclusive)
For 14 years, her court show has covered a range of social, personal and legal problems facing U.S. Latinos.
Ana Maria Polo , the Judge Judy of Spanish language television in America, has signed a multi-year extension of her deal to remain on Telemundo , her TV home for the past 14 years, it was announced Monday.
Polo is the host of Caso Cerrado (Case Closed) With Ana Maria Polo, which airs one new and two repeat versions of the show each weekday. The original episodes run at 7 p.m./6 p.m. central.
Telemundo would not say exactly how many years the extension runs.
Polo, 55, who practiced as a lawyer for 17 years in the Miami area before turning to television, says that by design, “The cases are dynamic, polemic and deal with all kinds of subject matters we face nowadays — whether it’s youth, technology, religious matters, social conflicts, prejudice or discrimination at every level.”
The average age of the viewers is 50, but Polo says that her program attracts a wide range of viewers from very young to very old.
Polo first joined Comcast/NBCUniversal ‘s Telemundo in 2001 on a show about conflicts among couples. In 2006, at her urging, it was renamed and the content broadened out to cover a much wider range of issues and conflicts.
She says that as an attorney, she often worked as a mediator, and now brings that same skill to her TV work: “I believe in people trying to resolve their problems,” many of which she says are “just misunderstandings among people.”
“And television has to be entertaining,” says Polo. “If it happens to be educational as well, my God, what a great benefit we extract.”
She is critical of some of the other TV judge shows. “I didn’t particularly like Judge Alex [Ferrer, whose show was cancelled last year],” says Polo. “He was a little too dry at times, way too serious.”
She is author of Querida Dra. Polo: Las Cartas Secretas de Caso Cerrado (Dear Dr. Polo: The Secret Letters of Case Closed), which is based on letters she has received from viewers.
“I go above and beyond the law,” says Polo. “I try to reflect on the human conduct. It’s justice with a human touch. That is what makes me different.”