NBC gives a pilot order to the sequel of Night Court, starring Melissa Rauch as Abby Stone and bringing back John Larroquette as Dan Fielding.
NBC has officially ordered a pilot for the sequel of Night Court. The legal comedy created by Reinhold Weege originally aired on the network back in 1984, running for nine seasons. It starred the late Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Markie Post, Charles Robinson, and Marsha Warfield. The show was set in a municipal court in Manhattan and was a critical and ratings hit, with Larroquette winning four consecutive Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sex-obsessed prosecutor, Dan Fielding. It was announced back in December that the sitcom would be revived with Melissa and Winston Rauch executive producing and Larroquette reprising his memorable role. Melissa Rauch will also star in the Night Court revival as Abby Stone, the daughter of Anderson’s character, Harry Stone.
Now Collider reports that Night Court has received a pilot order at NBC, paving its way forward. Though it doesn’t mean the sequel series is guaranteed to make it to air, it does show NBC’s commitment to the project.
It will be interesting to revisit the classic series after it concluded in 1992 and see if Dan has retained his greedy, narcissistic persona many decades later. Much of the show’s humor came from the back-and-forth between Harry and Dan, which could present a challenge for the Night Court sequel. However, based off of Abby’s character description, which calls her an “unapologetic optimist judge,” it does seem that she shares a lot of her father’s characteristics. It will be fascinating to see how Rauch’s character squares off against Dan, as well as the other characters, in the Night Court revival.
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