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“Paternity Court,” a first-of-its-kind courtroom series begins production today with legal and relationship expert Lauren Lake serving as the presiding judge.

Nationally syndicated, the 30-minute first run show will premiere this Fall in more than 91% of the country, airing five days a week.  “Paternity Court” is produced by 79th & York Entertainment and distributed by Orion TV Productions (Orion Television), a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.  The announcement was made today by John Bryan, President, Domestic Television Distribution, MGM Television.

“Paternity Court” will debut in all of the top 50 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Detroit and Seattle.  Station groups include: Tribune, CBS, Sinclair, Weigel, Hearst and others, encompassing more than 140 stations nationwide.

In making the announcement, Bryan said, “The issue of paternity has long resonated with audiences across the country and ‘Paternity Court’ will tell the stories of emotionally life-changing issues beyond the parent/child relationship. Our hope is Lauren Lake’s verdict will inspire litigants to take responsibility for the outcome and provide resolution.” He added, “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from our syndication partner stations and look forward to many successful broadcast seasons.”

“Paternity Court” judge Lauren Lake is a member of New York, New Jersey and Michigan State Bar Associations, and has appeared as a legal and relationship expert on “Dr. Phil,” “Anderson,” “The Today Show,” “The View,” “Dr. Drew on Call,”  “MSNBC,” “Nancy Grace,” “CNN” and “HLN,” among many others.

Veteran television executive, David Armour (MTV, TBS, BET), Executive Producer of the series said, “My goal for this show was to bring families at a crossroad together in order to address all types of paternity issues and to bring closure to their disputes.”

What do you think? Will you tune in?

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