Night Court back in session with Melissa Rauch presiding

Night Court is officially back in session at NBC after nearly 30 years.

The broadcast network has given series order for a sequel to the sitcom which ran from 1984- 1992. The diminutive star of The Big Bang Theory, Melissa Rauch and John Larroquette will star.

The new Night Court which, like the original, will be a multicamera show, centers on Judge Abby Stone (Rauch), the daughter of the late Judge Harry Stone. The unapologetically optimistic Abby follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court while trying to bring order to proceedings surrounding the assortment of fruitloops (not Howard) and cynics who pass through the courtroom.

Larroquette will reprise his role as Dan Fielding, the former night court prosecutor.

Rauch brought the idea for a Night Court follow-up to Warner Bros. TV, where her After January Productions has an overall deal. She originally signed on just as an executive producer but later took on the lead role as well. NBC ordered a pilot for the show in May.

Warner Bros. TV and Universal TV are producing the series along with After January. Dan Rubin (Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtHappy Endings) wrote the pilot and executive produces with Rauch and her producing partner and husband, Winston Rauch. Larroquette is a producer. Pamela Fryman directed and exec produced the pilot. Reinhold Weege created the original Night Court.

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