Unique New Series to Feature Actual Real-Life Cases Directly from the Courtroom of Chief Providence, RI, Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio, who has captured more than 1 Billion Online Views with His Distinctive Brand of Compassionate Justice
December 12, 2017
NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES – Debmar-Mercury today announced FOX Television Stations has acquired Citylife Productions' Caught in Providence for a fall 2018 national launch. The unique co-produced first-run series will offer fresh episodes of actual real-life cases directly from the Providence, RI, courtroom of the fast-rising, out-of-ordinary social media phenomenon, Judge Frank Caprio.
FOX O&Os in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Orlando, Minneapolis and Charlotte, NC, will air the series, offering a distinctive twist on a popular daytime programming staple thanks to the compassionate brand of justice doled out daily by Caprio, the Chief Judge of the Providence Municipal Court.
Frank Cicha, Senior Vice President of Programming for the FOX Television Stations, said, "If there's one thing the Fox TV Stations and Debmar-Mercury have always agreed upon, it's that the last thing syndication needs is another court show. So, here comes one. This show is different, though. It's a completely fresh approach. Just goes to show, never say 'never!'"
Judge Caprio's longstanding reputation on the bench as a kind and respectful jurist who tempers the letter of law with compassion and humor has turned him into a viral sensation. Clips from his courtroom over the past two years have captured more than 1 billion views - aggregated by Citylife's Sociable platform - of people drawn to the good-hearted judge's daily display of humanity and warmth.
"We love Judge Caprio's heartfelt take on justice and think Caught in Providence will truly stand out from every other show on daytime television," commented Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury. "In these contentious times, many viewers are simply looking for something light-hearted and fun. Caught in Providence has proven to be exactly that, and has an unprecedented social media following to prove it."
Citylife Productions owner Joseph Caprio said, "We are proud to work with Debmar-Mercury to showcase the wonderful people of the City of Providence, RI, and their experiences in America's most interesting courtroom. We will keep it real by continuing to film the actual cases and litigants in the Providence Municipal Court."
While Judge Caprio makes it clear that he is there to do his job, those who step in front him and choose to be on camera can also have a little fun. His interactions with an assortment of defendants trying to talk their way out of traffic and parking citations, among other minor criminal offenses, have earned him a multitude of online accolades and an unheard of following for a local - let alone national - television series.
Viewers will see actual cases in which the judge takes to heart advice about how he should rule from the kids of the defendants, as well as a fair share of antics ranging from handstands to explanations about hibernating squirrels.
Debmar-Mercury produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show; has U.S. distribution rights to FremantleMedia North America's Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud; distributes Tyler Perry sitcoms House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns, as well as Revolution/CubeVision's Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and sitcoms including Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen); and has U.S. TV distribution rights to South Park. Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader.
About Citylife Productions
Citylife Productions is a Providence, RI-based production company that has been broadcasting in the local market for 25 years. Citylife specializes in featuring the unique events and personalities in the region. Caught in Providence has brought global recognition to Citylife as it has generated over 1 billion views in a short period of time on various social media outlets.
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