Paternity Court is a nontraditional court show/tabloid talk show hybrid, bringing family lawyer and legal analyst Lauren Lake as she hears and rules on paternity cases and renders DNA test results.I watched an episode, and some black woman named 13 possible dads for her baby. A DNA test decided on one, and not the one she wanted. You can submit your case here. The show is sponsored by Identigene DNA Paternity Test, which is now available at popular drug stores.
The show is produced by MGM Domestic Television Distribution and 79th and York Entertainment. It is distributed by Orion TV Productions, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Paternity Court is executive produced by David Armour.
According to John Bryan, president of MGM Domestic Television Distribution, the series is MGM's first first-run syndication series to come to the market in years. Reports of the series first emerged in December 2012. As early as December 2012, the court show was already sold in 75% of the country. Stations acquired the show on an all-barter basis with 3½ minutes of local and 3½ minutes of national advertising time in every episode. By August 2013, the show was sold in 92% of the country.
Slogans for the program include: "Paternity Court, where science meets law," "Paternity Court, it's time to get tested!" and "Paternity Court; she's the judge; DNA is the jury!"
Paternity Court premiered on Monday, September 23, 2013. ...
Broadcasting & Cable has reported: It's not too far of a stretch to assume that Maury, the father of televised paternity cases, was the inspiration of this show. According to John Bryan, president of MGM Domestic Television Distribution:
"Starting in its 2009-10 season, Maury started doing a lot of paternity cases. The show's numbers went up, and today, 90% of his shows involve this in some way. On many occasions, Maury leads all talk shows among women 25-54. We also looked at what the most popular genre is in daytime and that's court. This show hits a sweet spot in daytime. Court has obviously proved itself and shows about paternity have proved themselves."
So why do millions of women watch this crap? I can only assume that it shows fears and fantasies that resonate with them.
Update: A comment below has new info on the strange case of Stanford Prof. Annelise Barron.