This year, the Daytime Emmys added a new category for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Programs, a first in the history of the genre. Newcomer series Cristina's Court is one of the five nominees, which also include Judge Judy, Judge David Young, the Judge Hatchett Show and The People's Court. TVGuide.com spoke with Judge Cristina Perez to hear more about the nomination, how she sizes up the competition and what the Daytime Emmys will have in store. Anna DimondTVGuide.com: What did you think when you heard the news?Cristina: I was thrilled, it was, for me, it was really exciting because I know everyone says, 'Oh, I'm just so excited to be nominated,' but I'd be lying to you if I told you I don't want to win. But truly, for us, for me, doing court shows in Spanish language, and crossing over to English language, for me it was just such a testament to the people who watch court shows, and for the fans who have followed me, and for my new fans, who got us. So the trophy was the nomina...
After years without representation, the Daytime Emmys have added court shows as a category in the annual kudosfest. With the numbers of court shows rising year after year, the National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences will no longer relegate them to catch-all categories, which pitted shows like Judge Judy against MTV's Made and TLC's Baby Story, Variety says. Michael Rourke, who exec-produces two court shows for Sony Pictures TV, explained, "For a long time, people didn't really know what to do with court shows.... The genre was an orphan." Poor Judy!Now that the initial wave of The People's Court has come and gone and the genre has remained strong the gavel's getting an acknowledgment of its own. The Daytime Emmy nominees will be announced April 30, with the awards telecast airing June 20 on ABC (8 pm/ET). Is it time that court shows found a place in the awards limelight? Have you pondered their absence in the past? What's your verdict? Anna Dimond