NBC gave a pilot order to Night court, a follow-up to the classic legal comedy series, starring The Big Bang Theory ‘s Melissa Rauch and original series co-star John Larroquette, reprising her Emmy-winning role.
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 tries to put his team of bizarre and cynical in order, including former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette).
Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch produce executives through their production company After January; Larroquette is a producer. After January produced in association with Warner Bros. Television, which was also the studio behind the original series, and Universal Television.
This marks the first post-The Big Bang Theory Rauch’s televised role, which was the driving force behind the reboot. As part of his company’s WBTV deal, Rauch approached the studio about the Night court Growing up IP fan of the series and felt that a new incarnation might work well today.
Initially, she was only intended for executive production, but decided to take on the lead role after reading the script.
“My intention was purely to be behind the camera on this project, but my plans quickly changed after falling in love with the incredible storyline of Dan Rubin’s brilliant mind,” she said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Dan, the immense talent that is John Larroquette, and the two great institutions of comedy that are NBC and Warner Bros. to bring Night Court back to television.
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.
At NBC, Night court joins the recently commissioned comedy pilots Hunger, with Demi Lovato, and Someone there.
Rauch drops hit Warner Bros TV comedy series The Big Bang Theory, aired on CBS for 12 seasons. She has since appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s The laundery alongside Meryl Streep and and in Ode to Joy, opposite Martin Freeman. 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. Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch and After January Prods., Which has several projects in the works at WBTV, are picked up by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Gang, Tire, Ramer & Brown.
Larroquette recently joined the cast of Paramount + The good fight. He previously starred in the CBS comedy series me, myself and me and came back to ABC The practice and Boston Legal. His work on The practice Larroquette won two of its seven Emmy nominations and one of its five victories. The others were for Night court. Larroquette is replaced by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Rubin worked on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the entire broadcast of the show on Netflix. He continued his work with the Kimmy schmidt producers on their latest Netflix project Mulligan. He is replaced by Rise Management, UTA and Jared Levine.