We don’t object to this news! NBC’s Night Court is getting a sequel that’s currently in development, Variety reports. John Larroquette, who portrayed Dan Fielding in the original iteration, is set to return. Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory) will serve as executive producer. Dan Rubin is attached to write and executive produce.
Here’s the premise for the sequel per Variety:
The new multi-cam show would follow unapologetic optimist judge Abby Stone, daughter of the original series character Harry Stone, as she follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court. She tries to bring order to its crew of oddballs and cynics, most notably former night court prosecutor Fielding (Larroquette).
Harry Anderson, who played Harry Stone during the series’ run, passed away in 2018. It’s unknown whether other cast members will reprise their roles for the sequel.
Night Court initially ran on NBC from 1984 to 1992. Created by Reinhold Weege, the series followed an eclectic judge (Anderson) who presided over a night court. Malarkey ensued. Besides Larroquette and Anderson, the show also starred Richard Moll, Charles Robinson, Markie Post and Marsha Warfield. The series was nominated for several Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Larroquette himself won four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
NBC has hopped aboard the revival/reboot train as of late. Several networks and studios are revitalizing old programs for a new generation. Generally, I find reboots to be tiresome. Unoriginal. But Night Court has been off the air for 28 years now, which is longer than we can say for True Blood. I’m curious to see where this particular reboot goes.
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