Re: New Court TV Show: "Paternity Court" Coming To TV This Fall
Detroit native Lauren Lake is courtroom judge on new 'Paternity Court'
Detroit native Lauren Lake says — without a shadow of a doubt — that she calls it as she sees it as the courtroom ruling judge and star of “Paternity Court.”
“People will reveal shameful truths, those secrets they’re scared to talk about,” says Lake, who stars as the judge of the new, nationally syndicated daytime series that debuts Monday and can be seen locally with back-to-back episodes weekdays at 7 and 7:30 a.m. on WMYD-TV (Channel 20).
“What you’re going to see in this courtroom is those people shed that guilt, that shame,” she says. “I try and figure out where they go from here. I call it the way I see it. If not, what they need to hear. Because what they want to hear and what they need to hear are usually different things.
Similar in style to “Judge Mathis” (starring Detroit native Greg Mathis) and the nearly 10-million-per-episode ratings grabber “Judge Judy” (starring Judith Sheindlin), the University of Michigan graduate and Wayne State University Law School alum’s “Paternity Court” isn’t about reworking the American reality-based courtroom show. Lake will hear and rule on different paternity cases, and her team will render a DNA test on each episode.
The question stays the same: Will that DNA result be key to unlocking a freedom for those who stand before her?
“The DNA reveal, that’s what’s so awesome about our show,” she says. “The paternity, that’s not the end. This is just the beginning. The truth is key to a brand new start. Whatever the result.”