How ‘Night Court’ Pulled Off a Swift Post-Strike Season 2 Return

“Everything was ready to go,” star and EP Melissa Rauch says ahead of the NBC comedy’s Jan. 2 premiere

Melissa Rauch as Abby Stone and John Larroquette as Dan Fielding in "Night Court" Season 2 (Nicole Weingart/NBC)

Following 2023’s strike-filled summer, NBC’s “Night Court” was one of the first TV shows to get back to set once the labor dispute between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP was resolved in mid-November.

Having previously shot one Season 2 episode prior to the onset of the strikes, production on the comedy reboot’s new episodes sprung into action the week after Thanksgiving, affording “Night Court” a quick yet achievable turnaround for Tuesday’s premiere. The show also aired a holiday-themed installment on Dec. 23.

While a number of broadcast series faced a lag in pre-production time before returning to filming, stars Melissa Rauch and John Larroquette credit the NBC series’ quick return to finished scripts and built sets that awaited the cast during the work stoppage.


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