Melissa Rauch to star in Night Court

Big Band Theory star Melissa Rauch will not only EP the new reboot of Night Court, but she'll now also star in the series as the Judge. As previously announced, John Larroquette will return as prosecutor Dan Fielding.

Mostly, it feels sad that Fielding is still working as a prosecutor throughout the night. That's a 35 year career of late afternoon breakfasts. The original series ran from 1984-1992.

Written/executive produced by Dan Rubin based on the original series created by Reinhold Weege, the multi-camera Night Court centers on the unapologetic optimist judge Abby Stone (Rauch), daughter of the late Harry Stone, who follows in her father’s footsteps as she presides over the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court and tries to bring order to its crew of oddballs and cynics, most notably former night court prosecutor Dan Fielding (Larroquette).


‘Night Court’: EP Melissa Rauch Set To Star With John Larroquette In Sequel At NBC
EXCLUSIVE: The new Night Court has set up a dream leading duo. The follow-up to the classic legal comedy series, which has been heating up for a pilot order at NBC for several weeks, will star Melissa Rauch and the original series’ co-star John Larroquette, reprising his Emmy-winning role, I have le…
John Larroquette and Harry Anderson (Night Court OG)

Noel Clarke accused of sexual misconduct

Brit actor Noel Clarke is facing sexual misconduct charges with police investigating. The allegations have come to light as Clarke received a BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. TV networks around the world have since pulled Clarke's TV work from air, including ITV which opted not to air the final episode of its big budget thriller Viewpoint.

The Guardian has spoken to 20 women, all of whom knew Clarke in a professional capacity. They variously accuse him of sexual harassment, unwanted touching or groping, sexually inappropriate behaviour and comments on set, professional misconduct, taking and sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent, and bullying between 2004 and 2019.


‘Sexual predator’: actor Noel Clarke accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 women
Women from TV and film industry speak out against Bafta-winning producer, director and screenwriter

John Schwartzwelder speaks

He's the Simpsons writer who has been credited with writing more Simpsons episodes than anyone else. He's considered by fans to be THE The Simpsons writer, penning its best episodes. He's also one of its most elusive. In an exceptionally rare interview (this may actually be his first), John Schwartzwelder has been interviewed by The New Yorker.

A comment that will forever change the way I look at Homer Simpson is that Schwartzwelder wrote the character as though he was a big dog:

Yes, he is a big talking dog. One moment he’s the saddest man in the world, because he’s just lost his job, or dropped his sandwich, or accidentally killed his family. Then, the next moment, he’s the happiest man in the world, because he’s just found a penny—maybe under one of his dead family members. He’s not actually a dog, of course—he’s smarter than that—but if you write him as a dog you’ll never go wrong.


John Swartzwelder, Sage of “The Simpsons”
Mike Sacks interviews John Swartzwelder, one of the most revered writers who has ever worked on the TV show “The Simpsons,” about his career.

TeeVee Snacks

  • RIP Tales of The City star Olympia Dukakis passed away, aged 89. Read: Variety
  • Singer John Mayer is negotiating a deal to host a talk show on streamer Paramount+ that is based on the Later With Jools Holland format from the UK. Read: Variety
  • Vanessa Lachey will stay in the new NCIS: Hawaii series. Read: Deadline
  • All 139 episodes of I Dream of Jeannie are coming to blu-ray. Read: HD Report
  • Finn Witrock will play Guy Gardner in a TV series based on DC Comics Green Lantern. Read: TV Insider
  • Free streaming service Tubi is set to start launching original series. Titles will be announced on Monday, expected to feature 140 hours of animation, documentaries and shows across multiple genres. Read: Deadline
  • Cobra Kai has finished filming its fourth season. Read: Uproxx

Trailer Park

Rick and Morty returns for season 5 on June 20.

Dog Gone Trouble debuts on Netflix May 28.

The privileged life of a pampered dog named Trouble is turned upside-down when he gets lost and must learn to survive on the big-city streets.

Dom debuts on Amazon Prime Video June 4.

Dom tells the story of Pedro, a handsome boy from Rio de Janeiro's middle class who is introduced to cocaine in his teen years, putting him on the path to becoming the leader of a criminal gang that dominated the tabloids in Rio in the early 2000s: Pedro Dom. Shifting between action, adventure and drama, Dom also follows Pedro's father Victor Dantas, who as a teenager, makes a discovery at the bottom of the sea, reports it to the authorities and ends up joining the police intelligence service. The series shows the journey of father and son living opposite lives, often mirroring and complementing each other, while both confront situations which blur the lines between right and wrong.

What's next? Tomorrow.