NBC’s Night Court star Melissa Rauch opens up about the chemistry among the revival’s cast. Night Court originally aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992 and was one of the network’s most popular comedies. The show starred Harry Anderson as eccentric judge Harry T. Stone as he presided over a night court with rotating cases and opportunities for courtroom shenanigans. The show ended its run after nine seasons and seven Primetime Emmy wins, including four Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series wins in consecutive years for Dan Fielding actor John Larroquette.
In an interview with Hollywood Outbreak, Rauch gushes about the chemistry she has with her co-stars. Rauch, who plays the daughter of Harry Stone on the revival, said that the cast of the new Night Court instantly fit on the set. The one actor that stood out to her the most, though, was the returning Larroquette. Check out Rauch’s full comments on the Night Court revival and its cast below:
“There really was this instant chemistry between all of us. They’re such an incredible group, and I just feel so lucky to be working with each of them. I remember my first day shooting the pilot, and I just couldn’t believe that I was getting the great fortune of working with John Larroquette, whose I work I’ve loved since the original. He’s just such a masterclass in comedy and acting. I watch him in absolute awe.”
Night Court Cast Explained (Who Is New & Who Returns)
The Night Court revival from Dan Rubin and Reinhold Weege features a cast of mostly new characters. Rauch plays Abby Stone, the lead judge on the series who takes on her father’s job overseeing the Manhattan arraignment court night shift. Rauch previously appeared in True Blood and The Big Bang Theory, among many other comedic shows and movies. India de Beaufort plays Olivia, the Manhattan court’s assistant district attorney, and is in the highly ambitious character archetype. The Chicago P.D. and One Tree Hill alum’s character views the court as a jumping-off point for her to better her professional prospects. The revival also stars Lacretta as the court’s bailiff, Gurgs, and Kapil Talwalkar as Abby’s clerk, Neil.
Unfortunately, the opportunity for multiple Night Court returning cast members wasn’t really possible for the revival, as many of the show’s main cast members have either passed away or retired from acting altogether in the decades since the original series. A few actors are still working, though, and that includes Larroquette. He is back as former district attorney Dan Fielding. Fielding is convinced by Abby to return to the court as its new public defender, a request that the veteran lawman eventually agrees to. Larroquette is a common recurring star on the new Night Court.
Original Night Court actors Richard Moll and Marsha Winfield are both still around, but neither of them have appeared in season 1 so far. Moll hasn’t acted since 2018’s Slay Belles and is currently 80 years old, so it’s unlikely that he will return. Warfield is much more possible, though. After taking a decades-long break from acting after 1999, she returned to star in the Miracles Across 125th Street TV movie and has appeared in multiple episodes of 9-1-1 on Fox. Perhaps she could return, but Warfield’s message about Night Court‘s return indicated that she currently doesn’t have any plans to do so. New episodes of Night Court season 1 air every Thursday on NBC.
Source: Hollywood Outbreak