NBC has placed another pilot order Night Court, a sequel to the classic legal comedy series starring Big Bang Theories’s Melissa Rauch and the original series co-star John Larroquette, who repeats her Emmy-winning role.
Written / executive produced by Dan Rubin based on the original series created by Reinhold Weege, the multi-camera Night Court centers on the unapologetic optimistic judge Abby Stone (Rauch), the daughter of the late Harry Stone, who follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift at a Manhattan jail and tries to put her crew of oddballs and cynics in order, in particular. former night council prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette).
Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch executive produce through their production company after January; Larroquette is a producer. After January, he produces in collaboration 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 TV role for Rauch, who has been the driving force behind the restart. Under her company’s WBTV agreement, Rauch approached the studio about Night Court IP when she grew up as a fan of the show and felt that a new incarnation could work well today.
Initially, she was only set for executive production, but decided to take on the lead role after reading the script.
“My intention was solely to stand behind the camera on this project, but my plans changed quickly after falling in love with the incredible script from Dan Rubin’s brilliant mind,” she said. “I couldn’t be more excited to go along with Dan, the tremendous talent that is John Larroquette, and the two comedy institutions for 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 1984-92 and garnered three outstanding Comedy Series Emmy nominations, followed the proceedings during the night shift at a Manhattan court led by a young, unorthodox judge, Harold “Harry” T. Stone. He was played by Harry Anderson, who died in 2018 at the age of 65. Abby is a newly created character who was not part of the original show.
At NBC, Night Court joins recently commissioned comedy pilots Hungry, with Demi Lovato in the lead role, and Someone out there.
Rauch comes out of Warner Bros. TV’s giant comedy series Big Bang theories, which aired on CBS for 12 seasons. Since then, she has appeared in Steven Soderberghs The laundry along with Meryl Streep and and in Ode to joy, opposite Martin Freeman. Rauch co-produced, produced and co-wrote with her husband Winston Rauch, Bronze – which was the official opening night film from 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 The secret breakfasts from Chelsea and Ivanka at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch and After January Prods., Who have several projects in the works on WBTV, are being resumed by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Gang, Tire, Ramer & Brown.
Larroquette recently joined the cast of Paramount +’s The good fight. He previously starred in the CBS comedy series Me, myself and me and repeated on ABC The exercise and Boston Legal. His work with The exercise Larroquette received two of his seven Emmy nominations and one of his five victories. The others were there Night Court. Larroquette is rapped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Rubin was working on The unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the entire run of the show on Netflix. He continued his work with Kimmy Schmidt producers on their latest Netflix project Mulligan. He is nominated by Rise Management, UTA and Jared Levine.