New season begins for syndie series

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include an eyelash transplant. "Our goal is to be a very compelling and intriguing show but also extremely informative."

Meanwhile, the judges and producers behind the three new court shows insist they are bringing something unique to a genre that dominates syndication.

Judge Penny Brown Reynolds said what's special about her show, from Program Partners and 44 Blue, is in the name: "Family Court."

"Although we solve legal matters in a court, we're also concerned with getting to the issues and solutions involving the family," she said. "How I deal with them is a little different — it's a combination of court and talk where I'm able to use my years of experience and struggles to provide wisdom, and many times we'll send people to counseling and follow up."

"Judge Karen" exec producer Rich Goldman said Judge Karen Mills-Francis' appearance — she's a tall black woman with blond hair and wears a red robe — is not the only unique aspect of the Sony TV show.

"Her aim is to run her TV courtroom just like she ran her courtroom in Miami," Goldman said. That includes sequestering witnesses until they are called, allowing the litigants to question the witnesses, letting viewers ask the judge questions via video and making use of telestrators.

Pirro, who hosts Warners' court show airing at 3 p.m. on the CW, hopes viewers will learn something via what she called the "Pirro Principle."

"The public tuning in will be entertained but also be educated," she said. "They are hungry to learn about legal principles."

Viewers also will be directed to the show's Web site, where they can find out how to make a difference on legal issues by contacting their legislators, for example.

On the scripted front, Disney's live-action action-fantasy-adventure series "Legend of the Seeker" from ABC Studios is poised to revive the syndicated action hour when it debuts with a two-hour premiere in November. (partialdiff)
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