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Judge Alex is an American arbitration-based reality court show, presided over by retired police officer, lawyer, and Florida Judge Alex E. Ferrer. The first-run syndication series debuted on September 12, 2005. The court show entered its 9th season on September 9, 2013.
Judge Alex Ferrer
While Ferrer handled cases that ranged from armed robberies to kidnappings and first-degree murders as a Florida circuit court judge, his cases on Judge Alex have been described as far tamer, entertaining, and by the arbiter himself as often "bizarre." Every three weeks, he tapes 10 cases a day over three days previously in Houston where the show was based (once Texas Justice was cancelled, its courtroom set and theme song was used for Judge Alex); Ferrer then flies back home to Miami, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Personable and sensible with a sense of humor, Ferrer isn't overly harsh or given to mouthing off like some of his judicial counterparts, though he does keep a firm control over his courtroom and doesn't allow misconduct or disrespect. Ferrer's rulings are often prefaced by his explanation of the law at hand to his audience.
Since 2010, the series has been taped at the Fox Television Center in Los Angeles, California. The court show's first five seasons were taped at KRIV's studio in Houston, Texas (KRIV is Fox's Houston affiliate).
Production and broadcast information
The show was brought to 20th Television, the syndication arm of Fox, by Executive Producers Burt Wheeler and Sharon Sussman. The pilot was shot at Tribune Studios in Hollywood, California, in November 2004. The series began production in January 2005 and is directed by Arthur Bergel. The show airs on various ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and CW stations in the United States and on CTV in Canada.
According to Variety magazine, Judge Alex averages 3 million viewers per week.
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