February 23, 2016

In Session: Details On “Divorce Court’s” TV Extension

Lynn Toler 1

Good news for married couples looking to split! Fox has announced that it is renewing “Divorce Court” through 2019.

Led by Judge Lynn Toler, “Divorce Court” is the longest-running court show on TV. The series originally aired from 1957 to 1969; then 1985 to 1992; and then re-launched with the popular Judge Mablean Ephriam in 1999 through 2006.

Divorce CourtEphriam left the show in 2006 after a contract dispute with Twentieth Television who produces the series. At the time, Ephriam called the company racist for refusing to hire people who could style her hair and requested that she wear a wig to save time and money. The network claimed she asked for too much of a salary increase to renew.

Judge Lynn Toler

Judge Lynn Toler

Toler, a former judge in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and TV judge on the series “Power of Attorney,” took over the reign in 2006.

A proud Republican, Toler has over 20 years experience in law and has helmed “Divorce Court” for a decade now.

“Divorce Court is one of the most recognizable titles in the court genre and Lynn Toler is one of that genre’s most trusted judges,” said Stephen Brown, EVP of Programming and Development for Fox Television Stations in making the announcement. “The cases and drama are real – it’s loud, funny and many times, powerful.”



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