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CBS to offer prime-time special on Judge Judy

Judge Judy, TV’s most popular judge, is getting ready to hold court after hours.

The no-nonsense judge will be the star of “Judge Judy Primetime,” a special airing May 20 on CBS that will include new cases and examine how Judge Judith Sheindlin changed from a New York Family Court judge to “Judge Judy.”

The special will also include excerpts from a 1993 “60 Minutes” profile of Sheindlin that led to her being discovered by Hollywood, as well as an updated 2003 story when the newsmagazine revisited the judge.

“Judge Judy” has been the top-rated series in first-run syndication for the last three years and the No. 1 series in daytime for four consecutive years.

Syfy orders third ‘Sharknado’ outing

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” hasn’t aired yet, but there’s already a third installment in the works at Syfy.

The network announced Wednesday that a third movie in the franchise is due in summer 2015.

The first film became a social media phenomenon when it aired last summer. The second film, which stars starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox and Mark McGrath, debuts July 30 on Syfy.

Hulu renews 5, adds 2 new shows

At its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York City, the online streaming service Hulu touted its aggressive expansion into original programming and its continued acquisition of top-rated network and cable series.

The service will expand its slate of originals with “The Hotwives Orlando,” a “Real Housewives” parody starring Casey Wilson and Angela Kinsey premiering in July, and “The Next Step,” a reality-style drama about a group of dancers at an elite studio premiering in May.

In addition, all of the original series launched in 2013 – “Moone Boy,” “East Los High,” “Quick Draw” and “The Awesomes” – will be returning, as will supernatural comedy “Deadbeat,” which debuted on the service in April.

‘Disney Infinity’ adds Marvel heroes

Buzz Lightyear, meet Captain America.

Walt Disney Co. is adding several Marvel superheroes to its toys-meets-game series “Disney Infinity.” The company announced plans to bring such characters as Captain America, Iron Man and Thor to a new installment of the game.

“Infinity” utilizes real-life toy figures to depict Disney personalities in a sprawling virtual toy box where those characters can do things like race vehicles, create and play games and construct buildings, as well as embark on adventures in their own realms.

Each figure stores and transmits the character’s history through a reader.

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