The cast of The Big Bang Theory has moved on since the long-running comedy ended. With new television series, streaming films, podcasting, and game show hosting, the cast have touched every facet of entertainment since the series finale. However, one alum fans haven’t heard too much from is Melissa Rauch. However, the actress has now landed her first major role since wrapping on the hit CBS sitcom.
The Big Bang Theory's Melissa Rauch is set to star in the previously announced Night Court revival, according to Deadline. Rauch was already attached to the show as an executive producer but reportedly decided to take on the lead role after reading the pilot penned by the reboot’s executive producer, Dan Rubin. In her first series lead role, Rauch will play Abby Stone, the daughter of Harry Stone, who will preside over the same night shift in Manhattan arraignment court as her father. The revival will center around her as she tries ruling over a courtroom filled with oddballs and cynics, just like the original series.
Rauch will spearhead the show along with Rubin and her husband, Winston Rauch. The show will also have firm ties to its acclaimed predecessor, as even Night Court alum John Larroquette will reprise his role as the sex-crazed prosecutor Dan Fielding. The revival was Rauch’s idea, having been a fan of the original ABC sitcom. She originally pitched it to Warner Bros. TV. through her After January Productions.
For the most part, Melissa Rauch has been quiet about her post-Big Bang Theory activities. That doesn’t mean the actress has been silent when it comes to the other Big Bang alums’ new ventures. She gave Kaley Cuoco’s The Flight Attendant high praise after its HBO Max release. Still, it's nice to know that Rauch will soon grace our screens with more comedy in the near future.
Judge Abby Stone will make her debut in the Night Court reboot, but fans won’t get to see Abby interact with her father Harry. Unfortunately, original star Harry Anderson passed away a few years ago. But John Larroquette’s inclusion is bound to create a connection between the late star and Melissa Rauch’s character, and the show is bound to pay tribute to Anderson in other ways. Hopefully, Dan Fielding will serve as a father figure to Abby in the new series. While Dan's return is great, hopefully, Stone will find her group of misfits just like her late father.
Melissa Rauch’s new Night Court gig was another piece of nice post-Big Bang Theory news in recent months. Rauch, like other Big Bang Theory alums, seems to be strategic about her next moves coming off such a big sitcom. It'll be exciting to hear more updates on the revival as it continues to take shape.