The "Married to Medicine" franchise heads to Houston, introducing more female doctors and wives of doctors who face high stakes -- both in their social circles and in the medical industry. The ladies seem to have it all -- they're educated, attractive and polished professionals -- but they face major obstacles in their lives that aren't evident at the surface. As they fight to rise to the top tier of Houston society, the women struggle with marital and family issues while continuing in their medical careers or supporting the physicians to whom they are married. Through it all, they must find the time -- and sanity -- to juggle all of their responsibilities with their social lives.
Chef Lawrence Page moved his Pink Tea Cup restaurant to Brooklyn to try to bring his soul-food concept to the next level in the hopes of landing a coveted Michelin star. He and his team quickly learn that it takes more than good cooking to reach the level he wants to achieve. While running the eatery, Page has to manage cat fights, power moves and love triangles between members of his staff. General manager Ana -- also Page's hot-tempered girlfriend -- leads the crew, which includes flirty hostess Sana, who's not afraid to stand up to Ana; lead server Thandi; and head bartender Candice, who is as sweet as her drinks but not yet up to Michelin-star standards. Providing much-needed comic relief at the restaurant are twins Dominic and Stef, who can't seem to get much right. Page must keep his eye on the prize while trying to successfully manage his personal and professional lives if he wants to join the ranks of chefs who have a Michelin star attached to their name.
Though Staten Island lawyers Mario Gallucci and Lou Gelormino are associates and friends -- since high school -- they couldn't be more different. Gallucci is hyper and nit-picky, but Gelormino comes off as a gentle giant in a business suit, who would make a good friend. Despite the contrast, the defense attorneys are a dream team in the courtroom as they take on infamous cases. The guys' lives beyond the work are a big part of the docuseries: Each episode has a card game with pals -- and cigar smoke -- and ends with the families gathering at the table for a meal.
Faith Jenkins' life has taken her on a path from being a Louisiana beauty queen to Wall Street attorney and a tough prosecutor in New York, and now she brings her justice background to television as the star of her own court show. The no-nonsense judge presides over arbitration-based cases that are presented by defendants. As in most courts, televised or otherwise, some cases are straightforward while others have some twists to them.
Different than other court shows, "Lauren Lake's Paternity Court" acts only on family issues. There are no battles over rent money or damages caused by a car accident, these emotional cases can have life-changing consequences for participants and sometimes new beginnings for individuals. While most suits relate to a child's paternity -- including deadbeat dads and DNA-test determinations -- others involve things like grandparents fighting for visitation rights. Lake's lengthy legal career has specialized in family law, making her a natural fit for this court.
Judge Mablean Ephriam, who presided over "Divorce Court" from 1999-2006 as the first star of the revived version of the show, returns to the courtroom genre with his half-hour series that deals with life and the law. The former Los Angeles-based prosecutor takes on the typical cases that are found on TV court shows. The arbitrator says that her show "will be life because everything we do, it involves the law."
Viewers hand down the verdict on some of the nation's most controversial civil cases in this landmark reality series. Each week, six top prosecution and defense attorneys question and cross-examine litigants and witnesses while they present their arguments to America and to LaDoris Cordell, a former judge of the Superior Court of California. The cases address hot button issues of today and examine the laws and intense human stories behind them. Closing arguments are presented by the plaintiffs and the defendants as they sit across from each other. Once the cases are presented, it's up to America to decide who will prevail. Jeanine Pirro, from FOX News, hosts.
Karen Mills-Francis was a county court judge and criminal defense attorney in Florida before turning to TV to preside over her own court shows. In her third effort, "Supreme Justice," Mills-Francis tackles small-claims court arbitrations in her compassionate way, to which viewers of her previous shows have grown accustomed. As usual with court shows, cases involve friendships gone bad, money disputes and property damage.
Many popular court shows are on TV. How can the genre improve? How about using a three-judge panel? That's the concept of "Hot Bench," created by Judge Judy Sheindlin. After hearing each case, the judges discuss it among themselves before rendering a verdict. The jurists are experienced civil litigator Tanya Acker, New York State Supreme Court Justice Patricia DiMango, and former criminal defense attorney Larry Bakman. The show's title comes from a term describing a court action in which a judge frequently interrupts lawyers with questions.
Being in the spotlight doesn't necessarily make life easier for reality TV stars and, in fact, often makes things harder for the celebrities. Oftentimes, their relationships suffer from the notoriety. In this series of the "Marriage Boot Camp" franchise, stars of such shows as "The Real Housewives" and "Bad Girls Club" seek help from therapists and other experts to prevent their personal relationships -- either romantic or familial -- from getting worse. The therapists put the celebs and their loved ones through their form of boot camp, testing them with challenges that include revealing some of their deepest secrets and personal woes.