When people look back at the death of Anna Nicole Smith, they won't remember the tragic circumstances of the death or Anna Nicole's contribution to the human race – they'll remember weeping judge Larry Seidlin, and think "tosser."
Judge Larry Seidlin – who gained worldwide notoriety by bursting into tears like a great big girl when he was supposed to be telling the globe where Anna Nicole Smith was due to be buried – has sensationally quit his job as a Florida judge in order to pursue a TV career, with his first job being a pilot for a court-based TV show for CBS. Details of Larry Seidlin's TV show are a little fuzzy at the moment – for instance, we don't know if the cases he presides over will exclusively be about the corpses of dead pornstars, and we also understand that CBS executives haven't been able to decide between the series titles The Judge Larry Seidlin Show and The Zany Adventures Of Larry The Weeping Unprofessional Clown-Judge yet.
There's not exactly a dearth of reality courtroom TV around, from ITV's piss-poor The People's Court to courtroom queen Judge Judy. But the thing about Judge Judy, right, is that she quite often goes several cases without suddenly bursting into tears, holding impromptu silences to grieve the casualties of war or forlornly shaking her fists at God at the futility of it all. Judge Judy had better watch her back, because these are traits that Judge Larry Seidlin possesses in spades.
Judge Larry Seidlin, lest we forget, was the former taxi-driver judge who almost single-handedly turned the tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith into the sort of whooping media frenzy that only really needed some acrobats and a human cannonball to actually become a literal circus. How can we forget Judge Larry Seidlin's most hilarious moments, like the time he reduced the names of the lawyers in the Anna Nicole Smith bodybattle to the states where they lived or when he howled "This body belongs to me!" in court or when he suddenly decided to dispense with procedure and interrogate witnesses himself. What a man.
Of course, what really earned Judge Larry Seidlin his fame was when he couldn't finish his ruling on the custody of Anna Nicole Smith's body without blubbing like the world's biggest spakwad. And thanks to that incident – which was either entertaining or grossly unprofessional depending on whether you have a brain or not – Larry Seidlin's going to be on TV. Fox reports:
Larry Seidlin, the unforgettably goofy judge from the Anna Nicole Smith body custody hearing, has committed to develop a fall 2008 court show with CBS Television Distribution, according to Broadcasting & Cable magazine. Seidlin is expected to tape a pilot or sales presentation July 2-3 in Los Angeles, Broadcasting & Cable reported, citing multiple industry sources. The over-the-top, made-for-TV Florida judge resigned his seat on the Florida circuit family court effective at the end of July, as FOX News and other media reported Tuesday.
We're actually quite eager to see how Judge Larry Seidlin fares as a TV star, because we can't help but imagine that his show is going to be almost unattainably dreadful, and we'd like to see how right we are. But, still, if Larry Seidlin can score a TV show from being involved in the Anna Nicole Smith saga, then maybe other the other judges in the case can as well. And who wouldn't want to see a daytime reality courtroom show where the judge is too blasted on pot to last more than 15 seconds without rambling incoherently about how the government is trying to suppress independent thought?