The classic legal comedy series Night Court is making a comeback on the small screen right at the start of 2023!
The original ran over nine seasons between 1984 to 1992; it focused on a Manhattan municipal court and the cases presided over there by the “young, unorthodox judge” named Harry Stone.
Following in its footsteps is a revival sequel coming from NBC!
News that a revival was in the works first came in December 2020 alongside details on the general plotline and certain figures who would be behind the production.
In May 2021, Night Court received its pilot order.
Amidst continued changes in pilot pickups, Night Court was amongst those considered for a 2021/22 midseason pickup or rollover into the 2022/23 season.
In fact, this was still up in the air when it was ordered to series in September 2021! Thankfully, we have answers now: Night Court is set to premiere this January 17, 2023.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming legal comedy from NBC, Night Court!
Who’s in charge?
The revival will, of course, be based on the original series created by Reinhold Weege, and will be both written and executive produced by The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Dan Rubin.
John Larroquette, who starred in the parent series as the lead prosecutor, returns not just to produce but also to reprise his previous role!
The Big Bang Theory alumna Melissa Rauch also executive producers with Winston Rauch via their production banner, After January.
After January is under a production deal with Warner Bros. TV, which was the studio behind the original series and is now also the studio for the reboot.
What’s Night Court about?
Although not a character introduced in the parent series, the Night Court revival centers on Judge Harry Stone’s “unapologetic optimist judge” daughter, Abby Stone.
She has taken after her father not just in her profession but in the workplace as well, as she is now the judge presiding over the night shift in one of Manhattan’s arraignment courts.
She judiciously tackles the complex and quirky cases that pass through their docket and tries to keep order not just in the court but among the employees as well.
Who will we see?
Melissa Rauch spearheaded the production as producer, but eventually joined the cast as well in the lead role of Abby Stone herself!
Apart from John Larroquette coming back to star as prosecutor Dan Fielding, here are the others rounding out the cast:
Lacretta will play the “fiercely protective” Donna Gurganous, also known as Gurgs, the court’s bailiff and Kapil Talwalker will play the clerk, Neil.
In the original casting, Ana Villafañe was set to play assistant district attorney Monica, but a recasting had India de Beaufort take over the role, restructured as a prosecutor named Olivia.
Dimiter Marinov will play the recurring role of Nikolai, the mysterious maintenance man who just happens to keep popping up in the court employees’ daily lives.
Make sure you catch Night Court when it premieres on NBC on January 17th, 2023!