Night court is back in session: NBC officially handed over a pilot order to a follow-up series of ’80s comedy success, with The Big Bang Theory Former Melissa Rauch is expected to star, TVLine has learned.
Rauch will play “the optimist without excuse” Abby Stone, the daughter of judge Harry Stone, who was played by the late Harry Anderson in the original NBC comedy from 1984-92. (Anderson died in 2018.) Abby “follows in her father’s footsteps as she chairs the night shift at a Manhattan impeachment court and tries to clean up her crew of bizarre and cynics, ”according to the official synopsis.
Additionally, original co-star John Larroquette will reprise his role as shady lawyer Dan Fielding – although he has since left the night shift; the synopsis describes Fielding as “the former prosecutor of the night court.” (Larroquette won four consecutive Emmys for the role from 1985 to 1988.) Dan Rubin (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Happy endings) will serve as writer and executive producer on the sequel series.
“My intention was purely to be behind the camera on this project, but my plans quickly changed after falling in love with the incredible storyline of Dan Rubin’s brilliant mind,” Rauch said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to join forces with Dan, the immense talent that is John Larroquette, and the two powerful institutions of comedy that are NBC and Warner Bros. Night court back to television.