Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cristina's Court snatches third Emmy from beyond the grave

Three Emmys in a row.

Cristina's Court, the syndicated courtroom show starring Latina Cristina Perez and produced by television legend Peter Brennan, has made daytime television history with another award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program-- a year and half after its cancellation!

The show stunned the room at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA once again last night as it completed a clean-sweep hat trick in the category that had been created three years ago to give Judge Judy an award.

It is the third time the team has stunned the syndicated world.

The first was in 2008 when the freshman show scooped up the first-ever Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program in 2008, especially because the category was assumed be a cakewalk for Judge Judy, a show that Brennan had produced in its intitial success.

The win by Cristina's Court last year was bittersweet in light of the show's cancellation several months earlier by the Fox Television Stations Group, to make room for a court show featuring Republican politician Jeanine Pirro (GOP adviser and Fox News president Roger Ailes is also chairman of the Fox Stations Group).

Pirro was among the disappointed losers last night as the Cristina's team literally snatched the Emmy from beyond the grave.

How did a show that had been canceled before its last Emmy won manage to do it?

When Fox announced the cancellation of Cristina's Court, enough shows had already been recorded that at least one was aired for the first time within the recent qualifying period. And that show was better than anything anyone else had to offer.

For the second year, the award for the popular Courtroom category was handed out during the Creative Arts ceremony rather than the main, televised event tomorrow at the Beverly Hilton.

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