After announcing in December that a sequel series to the beloved sitcom Night Court was in the works, NBC has announced that not only have they given the show a pilot pickup, but Melissa Rauch, who was originally set to executive produce, will now star in the show as well.
The show marks the first post-The Big Bang Theory television role for Rauch, and she will be joined by John Larroquette who will be returning to his Emmy winning role from the original series. There has been no word yet on whether fans can expect any of the other original cast members to appear, although a number of them are still active in Hollywood in one way or another.
Rauch, her husband Winston Rauch, and Larroquette are set to co-executive produce along side the show’s writer Dan Rubin. Imagining a more modern version of Night Court, the show focuses on the unapologetically optimistic judge Abby Stone (Rauch), daughter of the late Harry Stone. Following in her father’s footsteps, Abby presides over the night sift of a Manhattan arraignment court while also trying to bring some sort of order to the cast of oddballs and cynics, including former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette), who have made the courthouse their favorite haunt.
The original Night Court aired for nine season on NBC, from 1984 to 1992, following the proceedings of the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court lead by a young unorthodox judge, Harold “Harry” T. Stone, played by Harry Anderson who passed away in 2018. The show earned three Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy nominations during its run and was an audience favorite, featuring some wonderful and wacky characters that you simply could not help but fall in love with.