Judge Mathis

He's not exactly the first name I'd think of if I was asked what public personality whose life I'd like to see a TV series built on.

But it's happening, thanks in part to Ellen DeGeneres of all people. Maybe she's a fan, and I'm just not aware.

A scripted TV comedy series based on the life of Judge Greg Mathis has been put into development at Warner Bros TV and Ellen DeGeneres' company, A Very Good Production.

Fox has picked up a script commitment for the untitled project, which will be written by brothers Todd Jones and Earl Richey Jones (Johnson Family Vacation, In Living Color), and will follow the life of a thug-turned-judge who is in full control of his courtroom, but has zero control over the 4 children he's raising at home with his wife.

Mathis, once a gang member in his youth, turned his life around after ending up in jail, and his single mother was diagnosed with cancer.

And yes, he has 4 kids, just like the character in the potential series.  

Mathis, DeGeneres, Todd and Earl Richey Jones are all executive producing the project.