Last Shot with Judge Gunn

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Last Shot with Judge Gunn
Genre reality-based nontraditional court show
Developed by Matt Battaglia
George Jones
Peter Brennan
Starring Mary Ann Gunn
Lisa Dennis
Michael McHenry
Mary Scheele
Kim Weber
Bobby McDonald
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Peter Brennan
Matt Battaglia
George Jones
Location(s) Fayetteville, Arkansas
Running time 22 minutes
Original network First-run syndication
Original release September 26, 2011 – present
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Last Shot with Judge Gunn is an American reality-based nontraditional court show that debuted in syndication on September 26, 2011. The series is presented by Mary Ann Gunn and distributed by Trifecta Entertainment, with Peter Brennan, Matt Battaglia, and George Jones serving as executive producers on this series, with Lisa Lew as Co-Executive Producer, and Justin Page and Terry Powell as Supervising Producers.

In 2012, after only its first season on the air, it won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. To date, this is the earliest into production that any court show has ever received a Daytime Emmy Award. Moreover, it is the first nontraditional courtroom series to receive a Daytime Emmy Award. On May 1, 2013, Last Shot with Judge Gunn had again been nominated for the "Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program" Daytime Emmy Award, but did not win the second time around.[1]


The drug court series features former Washington County, Arkansas Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn offering people who had been convicted of various drug offenses and minor acts an alternative to prison, and hopefully, a "Last Shot" at redeeming their lives. The concept was based on a local television program that she instituted when she was on the bench in 2006, and utilizes the Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville for the tapings on Saturdays.[2] However at the same time, Gunn's concept has been criticized in legal circles, which had been controversial during her tenure and since her resignation from the bench.[3][4]

The programs many legal-based and support group detractors have heavily attacked the court show as not being a real-life drug court, noting that its “defendants” are actually post-adjudicated offenders who have been sentenced to probation, not to any state or federal Drug Court; they agree to be cast on the show in return for money for treatment and other expenses.[5] On September 22, 2011, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) released a Position Statement criticizing Last Shot with Judge Gunn for misrepresenting itself as Drug Court and casting individuals while they are involved in substance abuse treatment.[6]


  1. ^ "Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards - 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards Nominations". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  2. ^ ""Last Shot with Judge Gunn" to Premier on Fox in September" Archived 2011-10-07 at the Wayback Machine. from KNWA-TV (June 21, 2011)
  3. ^ "Last Shot With Judge Gunn UPDATE" from Arkansas Times (August 17, 2011)
  4. ^ Brantley, Max (2011-11-18). "Judge Gunn settles case by agreeing never to run for judge again | Arkansas Blog". Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  5. ^ "'Last Shot with Judge Gunn' wins Daytime Emmy after first season". Fayetteville Flyer. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Former Ark. judge's new show to hit TV airwaves" from Associated Press (September 23, 2011)

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