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Exclusive: Twentieth's 'Judge Alex' to End

Twentieth’s first-run court show, Judge Alex, will depart syndication after this season, confirmed Stephen Brown, executive VP of programming and development for the Fox Television Stations.

The program, which stars Judge Alex Ferrer, will finish out this season, the show’s eighth.

“We would like to thank Alex Ferrer as well as executive producer Kathy Sapp and the entire staff for producing a strong daytime court program,” said Brown in a statement. “Alex’s extensive police, legal and judicial experience combined with his great sense of humor made for compelling daytime television for nearly 10 years.”

In the week ending January 5, Judge Alex averaged a 1.6 live plus same day national rating, ranking the lowest out of the remaining five veteran court shows. Judge Alex premiered in syndication in September 2005 and is executive produced by Kathy Sapp, Burt Wheeler, and Sharon Sussman.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.