From 1984 to 1992, legal comedy Night Court ruled as one of the funniest shows on TV. Now it’s set to return, reboot style.
One of the stars of the original series, John Larroquette, will be back as court prosecutor Dan Fielding, while The Big Bang Theory‘s Melissa Rauch will star alongside him as judge Abby Stone. She’s the daughter of the original series’ judge Harry T. Stone, who was played by the late Harry Anderson.
A pilot for the series has been ordered, and it’s being written (and executive produced) by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt alumnus Dan Rubin.
Apparently Rauch grew up a fan of the original Night Court, and has been instrumental in getting this project off the ground. She didn’t originally intend to star, however.
“My intention was purely to be behind the camera on this project, but my plans quickly changed after falling in love with the incredible script from the brilliant mind of Dan Rubin,” Rauch said in a staement that followed the show’s announcement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to join forces with Dan, the immense talent that is John Larroquette, and the two powerhouse institutions of comedy that are NBC and Warner Bros. to bring Night Court back to television.”
Here’s a bit of classic Night Court that we reckon the writers of Zootopia may have been inspired by: