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Night Court (NBC) -- S: Melissa Rauch, John Larroquette -- Premieres 1/17/23

https://deadline.com/2020/12/night-c...ot-1234657152/



EXCLUSIVE:Night Court is back in session. NBC is developing a follow-up to the classic legal comedy series, with co-star John Larroquette set to reprise his Emmy-winning role and produce. The Big Bang Theory alumna Melissa Rauch executive produces the reboot for Warner Bros TV.Written/executive produced by Dan Rubin (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) based on the original series created by Reinhold Weege, the multi-camera Night Court centers on the unapologetic optimist judge Abby Stone, daughter of the late Harry Stone, who follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court and tries to bring order to its crew of oddballs and cynics, most notably former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette).

The original Night Court, which aired on NBC for nine seasons from 1984-92 and earned three Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy nominations, followed the proceedings during the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court, led by a young, unorthodox 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 show.



Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch executive produce via their After January production company, which is based at Warner Bros. TV. After January produces in association with WBTV, which was also the studio behind the original series. There are no plans for Melissa Rauch to act in the project, which she initiated.

Under her company’s WBTV deal, she approached the studio about the Night Court IP as she grew up a fan of the show and felt that a new incarnation could work well today.

Night Court is one of several projects After January has in development at WBTV. Melissa Rauch is coming off Warner Bros TV’s blockbuster comedy series The Big Bang Theory, which aired on CBS for 12 seasons. She recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat alongside Meryl Streep. Rauch starred, produced and co-wrote along with 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 The Secret Lunches of Chelsea & Ivanka at Joe’s Pub in NYC. She is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.

Larroquette won four consecutive Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmys for his signature role on Night Court. He recently joined the cast of CBS All Access’ The Good Fight and starred on the CBS comedy series Me, Myself & I. Larroquette landed his fifth Emmy for his recurring role on ABC’s The Practice. He is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Rubin worked on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the comedy’s entire run. He continued his collaboration with Kimmy Schmidt‘s Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Sam Means on their Netflix animated series Mulligan. His series credits also include Fox’s series Outmatched, Happy Endings, Scrubs, Worst Week and The Michael J. Fox Show. Rubin is repped by Rise Management, UTA and Jared Levine.

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re: Night Court (NBC) -- S: Melissa Rauch, John Larroquette -- Premieres 1/17/23

I bought the original series on iTunes last month, but it's hard to get too excited about this given Harry Anderson's death.
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No Harry, no Selma, no Thelma...
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re: Night Court (NBC) -- S: Melissa Rauch, John Larroquette -- Premieres 1/17/23

Dan Fielding won't work in this day and age. Loved that show.
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re: Night Court (NBC) -- S: Melissa Rauch, John Larroquette -- Premieres 1/17/23

So Rauch isn't acting in this? Weird since she sounds perfect for that role.
I wonder if it's actually still being negotiated and she'll later be announced for the lead.
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re: Night Court (NBC) -- S: Melissa Rauch, John Larroquette -- Premieres 1/17/23

I'm just now watching 30 Rock and caught the Night Court reunion episode. Why wasn't Larroquette a part of that?
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
I'm just now watching 30 Rock and caught the Night Court reunion episode. Why wasn't Larroquette a part of that?
He didn't need a paycheck.
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re: Night Court (NBC) -- S: Melissa Rauch, John Larroquette -- Premieres 1/17/23

Originally Posted by Decker View Post
So Rauch isn't acting in this? Weird since she sounds perfect for that role.
I wonder if it's actually still being negotiated and she'll later be announced for the lead.
Yeah, I was thinking/wondering the same thing.
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Dan Fielding won't work in this day and age. Loved that show.
Probably a judge.
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This has a lot of potential. A lot hinges on the casting of Abby.
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No thanks, as others have mentioned this was a product of its time and that has passed.
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re: Night Court (NBC) -- S: Melissa Rauch, John Larroquette -- Premieres 1/17/23

Sounds more like a Dan Fielding spin-off thirty years after the fact than Night Court Part 2.

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I vaguely remember this show or at least I think it was Night Court. Never a show I watched regularly though, and I watched a lot of the classic sitcoms in reruns.
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
Sounds more like a Dan Fielding spin-off thirty years after the fact than Night Court Part 2.
Right? Kinda like Frasier spinning off from Cheers.
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Right? Kinda like Frasier spinning off from Cheers.
Nope. Frasier moved to a different city and took a different job. This is Dan in the same job at the same location and working with the daughter of the previous judge. It's a sequel series, not a spin off.
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Nope. Frasier moved to a different city and took a different job. This is Dan in the same job at the same location and working with the daughter of the previous judge. It's a sequel series, not a spin off.
I don't think they would have Dan working in the same job. Larroquette is in his 70s, so Dan Fielding has to be at least in his 60s. If he was still a night court ADA, it would not be a comical premise, it would just be sad and tragic.

As with all new TV shows, they are looking for some juice to make the show stand out somehow in the sea of content available. Larroquette returning gives the show something for people to notice.

I strongly suspect they will have him play another judge, who can stand in for Harry as a father-figure to Abby. As other people have noted, his main comedic character trait won't fly in 2020, so he has to be a very different person 30 years later.
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Dan was always my favorite part of Night Court but since that show originally aired I think the over sexed womanizer character has been done over and over. I’m not sure we need “Charlie Harper the Judge” tv show. I’m not going to lie though, I’ll watch it.

And speaking of Dan Fielding, my favorite Dan moment:
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Watch, it will be a drama.
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Watch, it will be a drama.
That would be great actually. How many times has something like that happened? I can think of Lou Grant and Trapper John, M.D.

Larroquette did play another lawyer on Boston Legal. I can't remember how close that was to his Night Court character.
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That would be great actually. How many times has something like that happened? I can think of Lou Grant and Trapper John, M.D.

Larroquette did play another lawyer on Boston Legal. I can't remember how close that was to his Night Court character.
Not close at all. He was a by the book strait-laced partner.
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That would be great actually. How many times has something like that happened? I can think of Lou Grant and Trapper John, M.D.

Larroquette did play another lawyer on Boston Legal. I can't remember how close that was to his Night Court character.
Saved by the Bell.
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At this stage he would either be a DA, Judge or in private practice.
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Saved by the Bell.
The new Saved by the Bell is a single camera sitcom as opposed to the multi-camera sitcom the original was. It's definitely not a drama.
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The new Saved by the Bell is a single camera sitcom as opposed to the multi-camera sitcom the original was. It's definitely not a drama.
Dramedy then? There are dramatic elements to it. I could see them doing the same for the Night Court, or making it a drama along the lines of Law & Order.

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