EXCLUSIVE: New Night court has put together a dream leader duo. The sequel to the classic legal comedy series, which has been heating up for a pilot commission on NBC for several weeks, will star Melissa Rauch and original series co-star John Larroquette, reprising her Emmy-winning role, I learned.
This marks the first post-The Big Bang Theory TV role for Rauch, the driving force behind the reboot, who initially was only supposed to executive produce for Warner Bros TV, but decided to star after reading the script, I hear. Representatives for NBC and WBTV declined to comment.
Written / executive produced by Dan Rubin based on the original series created by Reinhold Weege, The Multi-Camera Night court focuses on unapologetically optimistic judge Abby Stone (Rauch), daughter of the late Harry Stone, who follows in her father’s footsteps as she chairs a Manhattan impeachment court night shift and attempts to put his team of bizarre and cynical in order, including former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette).
The original Night court, which aired on NBC for nine seasons from 1984 to 1992 and won three Emmy nominations, followed the proceedings during the night shift of a Manhattan city court, led by an unorthodox young judge, Harold “Harry »T. Stone. He was played by Harry Anderson, who died in 2018 at age 65. Abby is a newly created character who was not part of the original series.
Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch produce executive products through their production company After January, based at Warner Bros. TV. After January produced in association with WBTV, which was also the studio behind the original series. As part of her company’s WBTV deal, Melissa Rauch contacted the studio about the Night court Growing up IP fan of the series and felt that a new incarnation might work well today.
Rauch drops hit Warner Bros TV comedy series The Big Bang Theory, aired on CBS for 12 seasons. She recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s The laundery alongside Meryl Streep. Rauch performed, produced and co-wrote with her husband Winston Rauch, The bronze – which was the official opening night film of the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics. She recently produced, co-wrote (with Winston) and starred in a stage production of a political satire titled Chelsea and Ivanka’s Secret Lunches at Joe’s Pub in New York. She is covered by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Gang, Tire, Ramer, Brown & Passman.