A Big Bang Theory Star Is Spearheading A Night Court Revival With John Larroquette

The cast of Night Court

At this point, not many people would deny that we’re now living in the era of reboots and remakes. Classic shows are being revived and revamped seemingly by the day, and fans have plenty of feelings about them. Well, you can add another iconic television show to the list of series coming back, as a Night Court sequel series is officially heading to NBC and will feature original star John Larroquette. And not only that, but the show has also picked up a producer in the form of a Big Bang Theory alum.

The Big Bang Theory alum Melissa Rauch has boarded the Night Court reboot as an executive producer. The multi-camera sitcom focuses on judge Abby Stone, the optimistic daughter of the late Harry Stone and, like her father, she presides over the night shift of an arraignment court in Manhattan. In the process of doing her job, she must also contend with the assortment of characters who regularly inhabit the courtroom, including John Larroquette’s former night court prosecutor, Dan Fielding.

Night Court is being written and executive produced by Dan Rubin, best known for his work on Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Interestingly, Deadline also reports that despite her kicking off the project, Melissa Rauch has no plans to actually star on the show.

The original Night Court debuted on NBC back in 1984 and went on to have a successful nine-season run on the network, with its final episode airing in the spring of 1992. The original series saw the late Harry Anderson play the quirky Harry Stone, as he attempted to wrangle the personalities present in his Manhattan municipal court.

The show gained a major fanbase and has since become one of the most recognizable sitcoms of the ‘80s and early ‘90s. During its run, Night Court also earned multiple Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, and members of the cast earned multiple nominations. For his work, John Larroquette actually won four Emmys for Outstanding Support Actor in a Comedy Series.

Like many networks over the past few years, NBC is channeling its efforts into bringing back classic shows. Just last month, the company released its revival of hit ‘90s teen show Saved by the Bell to Peacock, and the studio is working on a reboot of ‘80s sitcom Punky Brewster for the streamer as well. Even The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting a dramatic re-imagining in the streaming realm. With multiple revivals on the horizon, we can only wonder what show might get the treatment next.

Night Court presents a premise that should be familiar to fans, and one would imagine that the series will go with a somewhat nostalgic route to charm audiences. We’ll see what Melissa Rauch, John Laroquette and their collaborators come up with.

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