Genre: Reality, Law
Premise: 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.