There's a new prosecutor in Night Court season 3 (and she's someone fans know well!)

NIGHT COURT -- "Just the Fax, Dan" Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) John Larroquette as Dan Fielding, Melissa Rauch as Abby Stone -- (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/NBC/Warner Bros.)
NIGHT COURT -- "Just the Fax, Dan" Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) John Larroquette as Dan Fielding, Melissa Rauch as Abby Stone -- (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/NBC/Warner Bros.) /

Night Court is going to get a new prosecutor for season 3, and it’s a face that fans of the show already know! 

One of the better recent “requel series,” Night Court premiered on NBC in 2023. It’s a sequel to the 1984-1992 hit with Abby Stone (Melissa Rauch), daughter of former Judge Harry Stone (the late Harry Anderson), following in his footsteps as the judge of a Manhattan courthouse that sees a parade of oddballs come through.

Returning from the original series was John Larroquette, who won four Emmy Awards for his work as prosecutor Dan Fielding. Dan is now a public defender, and briefly a judge, but returned to New York to help out Abby. 

The show has done well with two seasons, and work on season 3 is underway. There will be a change as India de Beaufort announced that she would be leaving her role as prosecutor Olivia. Thankfully, the series has not only found a replacement but she's someone fans know as TVLine reports Wendie Malick will now be a series regular as Julianne Walters. 

First appearing in season 1, Julianne was a woman Dan (notorious for his womanizing ways) went on a date with and seemed into. It turned out Dan sent Julianne to prison 30 years earlier for setting her boyfriend’s house on fire. She wanted revenge, but after hearing Dan moan about his life, she decided he was just too pathetic to hurt. 

Julianne returned in season 2 to torment Dan again amid a cosplay convention. This led to an odd bit where Dan dressed like a Klingon to get away from her, only for Julianne (dressed as Catwoman) to hit it off with him, unaware it was Dan. It ended with her being arrested for starting another fire. 

Now NBC seems set to have Julianne show up as a regular face. She's described as follows:

"A reformed convict and former love interest of Dan Fielding, Julianne is Night Court’s new prosecutor. A sophisticated, savvy woman and accomplished attorney who also knows how to make a shank out of a spoon, she’ll keep everyone in the courthouse on their toes."

So, with the actress now confirmed as a cast member, Malick looks set to continue a fun run.

Where have you seen Wendie Malick before?

A true TV veteran, Wendie Malick first broke out in the 1990 HBO series Dream On. That led to her biggest role as former model Nina on the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me, which earned her two Emmy nominations. She followed that with a recurring role on Frasier.

Malick has since gotten more fame on Hot in Cleveland, Dear White People, Shrinking and scores of guest star roles and TV movies. Her turn as Julianne showed some terrific chemistry with Larroquette and it’ll be interesting to see just how a (former?) pyromaniac somehow landed a gig as a prosecutor. Then again, this courtroom is used to bizarre characters showing up.

If nothing else, adding Malick as a series regular promises to make season 3 of Night Court even funnier and it should be a joy to see her giving Dan a hard time in and out of the courthouse.

Night Court seasons 1-2 are streaming on Peacock.