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Twenty-nine years after it went off the air, “Night Court” is getting a sequel. Deadline reports that NBC has ordered a pilot for the courtroom comedy, which will be based on the original series that aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992. It won seven Emmys throughout its run.
The new TV series will focus on Judge Abby Stone (“Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch), the daughter of the late Harry Stone (Harry Anderson), the judge who presided over the night shift at the Manhattan arraignment court in the original show. Anderson died in 2018 at the age of 65.
The show will be written and executive produced by Dan Rubin (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Happy Endings”). It will be produced by Rauch and her husband, Winston, through their production company, After January, which produces in association with Warner Bros. Television. John Larroquette will reprise his role of prosecutor Dan Fielding and will also produce.
“My intention was purely to be behind the camera on this project, but my plans quickly changed after falling in love with the incredible script from the brilliant mind of Dan Rubin,” Rauch told The Hollywood Reporter of her dual role as actor and producer on the series. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to join forces with Dan, the immense talent that is John Larroquette, and the two powerhouse institutions of comedy that are NBC Warner Bros. to bring Night Court back to television.”
There is no word on whether or not other surviving members of the original cast, such as Markie Post as public defender Christine Sullivan, Richard Moll as lovable yet dim bailiff Bull Shannon, Charles Robinson as clerk Mac Robinson, and Marsha Warfield as bailiff Roz Russell, might make appearances on the new show.
The sequel will air on NBC and joins other pilots on the network, including “Crazy For You,” “Someone Out There,” “Jeffries” and “Hungry.” Other reboots and remakes coming to NBC include a “Fried Green Tomatoes” adaptation starring Reba McEntire and a series based on the 2000 movie “Finding Forrester.”