Atlanta-based TruTV, which used to be Court TV until 2008, has cut its signature live day-time court program "In Session" from six hours a day to two hours a day.
Since its rebranding, the network has focused more on male-oriented reality programming such as "Lizard Lick Towing," "Hardcore Pawn" and "Impractical Jokers." Court and crime-related shows have taken a relative backseat.
Starting yesterday, "In Session' was cut from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to 9 to 11 a.m. with Vinnie Politan hosting. A few production positions were eliminated, according to TVNewser.
Here's the network statement, which includes that delightful term "early fringe," defined as the hours before prime-time, covering late afternoon and early evening.
truTV has expanded its daytime block to include an additional four hours of truTV's signature programming. The expanded block, which began March 4, airs weekdays at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) and is designed to provide a better flow into truTV's early fringe and primetime lineup. In Session continues to give viewers a front-row seat to the nation’s most compelling trials in a new two-hour format that airs weekdays at 9 a.m. (ET/PT).
Folks following the Jodi Arias trial are not happy. In fact, those Court TV adherents are naturally displeased by the direction TruTV has gone, though the result has been much larger ratings. Here's a typical commment on the "In Session" Facebook page.
Amy Annesi: I hope Tru TV goes under completely. There is not one other show on that channel that I watch besides in session. I hope they go under completely due to these management decisions to put the dumbest of reality tv crap on instead of trials. If anything they should have gone back to court tv and stayed on from 9-4 like they uses to. If another channel is smart they will pick up in session and put tru TV out of business completely.
The FB page does note that people can watch the case after 11 a.m. on sister station HLN, which took over "In Session" production duties a couple of years ago and has covered the Arias case heavily. Politan is hosting his show from 3 to 5 p.m. on HLN with plenty of talk about the case.
In Session will continue to give viewers a front-row seat to the nation’s most compelling trials airing weekdays at 9 – 11 a.m. (ET/PT), including coverage of the Jodi Arias trial. For coverage of the Arias trial post 11 a.m. ET, HLN will provide. Please check your local listings to find HLN in your city.