A sequel to the popular 1980s comedy, The Night Court is making its way to NBC. The series, which is currently being filmed, will debut during the 2022-2023 prime time season. Melissa Rauch leads the cast as Judge Abby Stone, alongside John Larroquette who is reprising his role as Dan Fielding from the original series. The show also features India de Beaufort as Olivia, Kapil Talwalkar as Neil, and Lacretta as Donna “Gurgs” Gurganous.
With The Night Court just a few months from release, Rauch took to social media to share some images from the show. Alongside the photos which see comedy legend John Larroquette posing with a fresh group of faces, the actress wrote, “I love this cast, our incredible writers and fantastic crew so much. Can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been having a blast working on!”
The Night Court with John Larroquette reboot is set decades after its predecessor which ran from 1984 to 1992. This time, the story will focus on Abby, Judge Harry Stone’s daughter. Like her father, Abby has good humor and is a little too optimistic for the cynics in her midst. But her sunshine-like personality is infectious and she often makes others see the brighter side of things too. Since former prosecutor Dan Fielding (John Larroquette) has always been set in his pessimistic ways, he might be tough to crack. However, an unperturbed Abby will remain determined to make a difference.
Abby Stone walking in her father’s footsteps will probably hit all the right notes of nostalgia with fans of the original series. Led by the late Harry Anderson and John Larroquette the original series focused on the antics of the Manhattan municipal court’s night staff. Created by Reinhold Weege, it was known for its eccentric characters and the unorthodox methods of Judge Harry T. Stone. The cast also featured John Larroquette as Dan Fielding, Richard Moll, Markie Post, Marsha Warfield, and Charles Robinson.
During its nine-season run, Night Court received several awards and nominations. It was nominated for 31 Emmy Awards and took home seven. For his efforts, John Larroquette won four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series from 1985 to 1988. He then withdrew his name from the ballot in 1989. The series in its entirety also received three nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1985, 1987, and 1988. It also earned various accolades for behind-the-scenes stuff like lighting, editing, sound mixing, and technical direction
So far, John Larroquette is the only original cast member returning for the reboot. While Anderson and Post passed away, Richard Moll or Marsha Warfield could make a surprise appearance. Larroquette’s character will probably have to undergo some changes for modern audiences. Back in the day, the jokes made by John Larroquette as Dan Fielding were often extremely sexist. Although the network hasn’t revealed the precise air date, The Night Court will air on NBC and be available to stream exclusively on Peacock the next day.
The Night Court will be executive produced by Melissa Rauch and her husband Winston Rauch for After January Productions, and Dan Rubin. The series will also be produced by John Larroquette and Warner Bros. Television Studios.