You Can Call Him (Judge) Al

D'Amato is in talks to start a hyper-lucrative daytime court show a la Judge Judy
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2008 12:01 PM CDT
Not only is Judy Judy raking in some $30 million per year, but she also has a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – As if fathering a child at age 70 weren't enough drama, now Alfonse D'Amato might get benched: The former senator is in talks to start a daytime court TV show, the New York Daily News reports. And lest his following in the footsteps of Wapner incites too many snickers, such shows sentence their stars to a life without the possibility of going broke.

Judge Judy Scheindlin was a lowly New York City family court judge before her show turned her into a millionaire celeb; now she claims a national following, has landed her own Hollywood star, and pulls down about $30 million a year. D'Amato's show, tentatively set for fall 2009, would likely focus on small claims, but would face off against a crowded field. But "there's always room for one more court show," one analyst said.