Early in the show, Howard debated signing for a 2nd season as America's Judge: "It didn't feel like I had any time off, because every single vacation we had, I went to work. … They convinced me that it was only 30 days of work, but that was not true." Still, it was hard to turn away: "I built something this year. I started with the show, built a following with it--how can I leave now? … Some days it was kind of a drag, but mostly? Fun."