8:47am PT by Rick Porter
'Night Court' Sequel in the Works at NBC
NBC is eyeing a return to Night Court.
The network and Warner Bros. TV are developing a sequel to the 1980s comedy series, with John Larroquette set to reprise his role as attorney Dan Fielding. He'll also be a producer on the multi-camera project, which has a script deal at NBC.
The Big Bang Theory alum Melissa Rauch brought the project to Warner Bros., which also produced the original, and will executive produce via her After January Productions. Dan Rubin (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will write the script.
The sequel would center on Abby Stone, daughter of the original's central character, Judge Harry Stone (played by the late Harry Anderson). She has followed in her father's footsteps and presides over the night shift of an arraignment court in Manhattan and the assorted characters who populate it, including former prosecutor Dan Fielding.
The original Night Court, created by Reinhold Weege, ran from 1984-92 and for several years was part of the network's powerhouse Thursday comedy block. Larroquette won four Emmy Awards playing Fielding, and the series was nominated for outstanding comedy three times.
Rubin will executive produce with Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch of After January. Melissa Rauch is not currently planning to appear on camera.
Deadline first reported the news.