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NBC loves Night Court as much as we do
February 3rd, 2023 under NBC. [ Comments: none ]

NBC loves the Night Court sequel so much that they picked it up for a second season today.

Channing Dungey, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Television Group, said: “The verdict is in and the ‘new-boot’ of ‘Night Court’ is a hit! The series’ razor-sharp humor makes the show a weekly must watch. We’re overjoyed that court will remain in session and return with new cases for season two. We’re so grateful to our colleagues at NBC, to the richly talented creative team led by Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch, Dan Rubin and John Larroquette, and to the stellar ensemble cast.”

The news is not a surprise because it had the biggest comedy premiere since The Conners in 2018. And they haven’t lost viewers.

I can’t wait to see what they cook up Melissa Rauch, John Larroquette, India de Beaufort, Kapil Talwalkar and Lacretta next season. I just hope they focus a little more on the cases like the original did.

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Blacklist is ending, Pictionary and Family Feud are not
February 1st, 2023 under Jerry O'Connell/Rebecca Romijn, NBC, Steve Harvey. [ Comments: none ]

NBC announced today that this season of Blacklist, which debuts on February 26th, will be its last.

“It isn’t often that a series resonates so deeply with an audience that it airs for 10 seasons, but ‘The Blacklist’ proved to a perfect combination of highly talented producers, stellar writing, a cast that never failed to deliver and a crew that always rose to the occasion,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “A huge thank you to our partners at Sony, everyone from the past decade who made this show an integral part of NBC’s storied history and, of course, a special nod to James Spader, whose performance remains nothing short of spectacular.”

Personally, the series lasted 9 more seasons than I thought it would. So congrats to all involved.

The news isn’t all bad in the TV world. Pictionary, the game show hosted by Jerry O’Connell was picked up for a second season.

While that series is just a baby, Family Feud was picked up for its 50th, which means Steve Harvey and his mustache will be doing the show until at least 2026.

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Marsha Warfield wishes the Night Court sequel ‘all the best’
January 18th, 2023 under NBC. [ Comments: none ]


Marsha Warfield was the third actress to play a female bailiff on Night Court, and is one of the few surviving cast members left. Therefore, you think they would’ve asked the legendary comic to join John Laroquette on the sequel. But as of now, they have not.

Instead of being bitter about it, she recorded a message for them. “There’s a new Night Court in town. Congratulations,” she said. “I hope that it is as wonderful as it sounds. And I wish the cast and crew and everyone involved all the best. ”

Then she had a few words for her former co-star, “John, congratulations. I can’t imagine a new show doing better than having you to build around. I hope everyone gets to learn as much from you as I did when I worked with you.”

What a class act! But she has always been one.

Unfortunately, she didn’t get to see the first episode when it aired. That is because she was doing what she was meant to: stand up!

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Night Court pleads its case, New Amsterdam checks out
January 17th, 2023 under NBC, New Amsterdam. [ Comments: 4 ]

Tonight at 8p, Night Court is back in session on NBC. Unfortunately, Harry Stone (Harry Anderson) is no longer with us, but his daughter is about to take over his judge’s chair.

Melissa Rauch plays Abby (wait until you hear what Abby is short for) Stone, and she is a new judge. She is just like her dad, and not everyone is going to like it. So she loses her public defender and decides to ask the recently widowed Dan Fielding if he wants to do it.

At first, he says no. But eventually, he gives in. He is not the same man we knew back in the ’80s. He has grown up, and he is a mentor to the people in the Night Court.

Olivia Moore (India de Beaufort) is the ADA. She is good at her job but has a lot to learn. Thankfully, Dan is there to help her.

And he is also there for Neil (India de Beaufort), who is the clerk. He is so a work in progress. And each week, we will see him getting a little bit stronger.

Finally, there is Gorgs (Lacretta), the bailiff. She is the perfect mix of Bull and Roz.

I grew up with Night Court, and it is one of my favorite shows. I like the sequel, but I don’t love it. I can tell it will grow on me, but after six episodes, I know I am going to need the season.

My biggest problem is Rauch is trying too hard to be like Harry Anderson. And no one can step into his clown shoes.

The other problem is they castrated Dan Fielding. He was a womanizer, but that is what made him so lovable. To take away such a big part of the character takes away from the character.

If you enjoyed the original, then you will like this version. You just have to stay with it.

Then at 9p, New Amsterdam says goodbye with a two-hour series finale. The first episode is your average one. However, the second one starts out with Max (Ryan Eggold) saying his goodbye to the hospital.

In his farewell speech to everyone, he tells them to remember the moment that they chose to be doctors. And throughout the episode, we will see that moment for Iggy (Tayler Labine), Bloom (Janet Montgomery), Reynolds (Jocko Sims), and Wilder (Sandra Mae Frank).

Back to Max leaving, he says his goodbye so that he could spend the day with his daughter. But a rare case comes in, and he is the only doctor who has successfully saved someone who had it. So, he comes back in, and everyone that we love will work with him to try to save her life.

Will they be able to do it? All I will say is the series gets a perfect ending.

I will miss New Amsterdam. Unfortunately, it went off course when they sent him to London. But it was back this season with lots of heartwarming moments. And no medical show did as good of a job as they did.

Because of that, I want to thank everyone who worked on the show for five years. You brought the heart back to medical dramas.

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NBC’s Found moving to the fall
January 12th, 2023 under NBC. [ Comments: none ]

(Photo by: Matt Miller/NBC)

NBC has a new procedural called Found that was supposed to debut next month, but it has lost its timeslot. That is because the drama about a team of former kidnapped victims who find missing people is moving to the fall. So along with the move, the network ordered additional episodes.

Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming:
“After watching the first few episodes of ‘Found,’ it quickly became clear that our love for this show has continued to grow and grow with each step of the process. Our goal is always to find the absolute best home for all our series, and it’s particularly the case with one as important as this. By moving it to fall, we’re able to better leverage our resources, including lead-in and marketing muscle, enabling us to launch ‘Found’ to the largest possible audience across all our platforms.”

I can tell you that I have watched the first two episodes, and they made the right choice. It is going to be one of your addictions next season!

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