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FOX Picks Up Scripted Comedy Series Based On Judge Mathis' Life, Backed By Ellen DeGeneres

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 4, 2013 at 3:38PM

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.
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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. 

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