NBC is officially bringing back Night Court with original co-star John Larroquette returning to produce and reprise his Emmy-winning role. Melissa Rauch of The Big Bang Theory is also on board to executive produce the project alongside Winston Rauch via their After January banner for Warner Bros. TV. Dan Rubin (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will also executive produce in addition to writing the reboot.
At this time, there are no plans for Melissa Rauch to personally appear in the reboot, though the new Night Court was apparently her idea. As a part of her deal with Warner Bros. TV, Rauch approached the studio about developing a follow-up series to the original Night Court, as she was a big fan who grew up with the series. The actress reportedly feels that the time is right for a reboot and that a new incarnation could do very well today.
Night Court originally aired on NBC for nine seasons between 1984 and 1992. The series was set during the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court presided over by an unorthodox judge, Harry T. Stone, played by the late Harry Anderson. John Larroquette co-starred as prosecutor Reinhold Daniel Fielding Elmore. As Anderson passed away in 2018, his presence will undoubtedly be missed in the reboot series, but Larroquette's inclusion will still certainly help bring back some fans of the original show. There's no word yet on if any other original stars will return.
In 2008, Night Court fans also got to see a mini-reunion in an episode of the NBC comedy 30 Rock. Though Larroquette wasn't present, the episode featured Harry Anderson, Markie Post, and Charles Robinson appearing as themselves. Anderson does mention having spoken to Larroquette, prompting an argument with Post as she hadn't been in touch with John.
For his role on the series, Larroquette won four consecutive Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy awards. He'd later go on to win a fifth Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 1998 for the ABC show The Practice. He also led his own sitcom The John Larroquette Show in the mid-90s and had acclaimed roles on the TV series Boston Legal and The Librarians. More recently, he starred in the short-lived sitcom Me, Myself & I and had roles on The Twilight Zone and The Good Fight.
These days, it's definitely no surprise to see hits from the past getting modern revivals. In recent years, we've seen a wide variety of classic shows getting sequel series made, from Full House to Saved By the Bell among many others. Even more have been announced to be in the works, including The Addams Family, New York Undercover, and Nash Bridges. Just recently, it has also been reported that the Nickelodeon series iCarly is coming back with its original cast and that a True Blood reboot is in the works at HBO.
A release date hasn't yet been set for the new Night Court and it remains to be seen when filming will begin. This news was first reported by Deadline.