First Look At Brent Spiner’s Return To ‘Night Court’ – TrekMovie.com

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Last year Star Trek: Picard saw Brent Spiner’s return to television in his iconic role as Data from The Next Generation. This year he reprises another famous role from even deeper into his career as Spiner is returning to Night Court. Last year NBC revived the original Night Court, the sitcom which ran for nine seasons between 1984 and 1992. Spiner appeared in six episodes of the original show as sad sack Bob Wheeler, who (along with his wife June Wheeler played by Annie O’Donnell) would frequently appear before Judge Harry Stone with crazy stories of how they had run afoul of the law.

The new Night Court is in its second season and Spiner and O’Donnell return as the Wheelers in next week’s episode titled “Wheelers of Fortune.” NBC has just sent us a first look.

The Wheelers return to court

For the new Night Court, the Wheelers will be reunited with Dan Fielding (John Larroquette) and face Judge Abby Stone (Melissa Rauch), daughter of Judge Harry Stone (played by the late Harry Anderson in the original show). Kate Micucci joins them as the Wheeler’s daughter Carol Ann.

Here is the synopsis:

Huge surprises are in store for Dan when he’s tasked with representing Bob and June Wheeler, the notoriously unfortunate couple from the original iteration who resurface – this time with daughter Carol Ann in tow. While 30 years may have elapsed, their bad luck undoubtedly continues to plague them.

Here is one of the new images…

NIGHT COURT — “Wheelers of Fortune” Episode 211 — Pictured: (l-r) Brent Spiner as Bob Wheeler, Annie O’Donnell as June Wheeler — (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/NBC)

This shot of the Wheelers matches their classic appearance before the judge from the original show…

Brent Spiner and Annie O’Donnell in the original Night Court (NBC)

Night Court star Melissa Rauch told UPI: “It’s such a dream getting to be on set with Brent and Annie, seeing them walk into the courtroom and stand in front of the judge’s bench that I’m sitting at. It feels like I stepped into a time machine.”

The “Wheelers of Fortune” episode of Night Court airs on NBC on Tuesday, March 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and streams the next day on Peacock.

Spiner had to choose Data over Bob Wheeler

Spiner’s last appearance on Night Court was in the season 4 finale in May 1987. He would have returned in season 5, but the role of Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation came along, as Spiner explained at a convention in 2019:

“The last episode we did… [The Wheelers] bought the new stand in the courthouse, and the next season we were going to be coming back as regulars on the show. But in the hiatus between seasons, I got Star Trek. And so I had to choose which one should I do? And yeah, I think I made the right choice.”

With the choice made Spiner debuted as Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation in September 1987.

NIGHT COURT — “Wheelers of Fortune” Episode 211 — Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Rauch as Abby Stone, Kate Micucci as Carol Ann, Brent Spiner as Bob Wheeler, Annie O’Donnell as June Wheeler — (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/NBC)

Even though he left Night Court behind for TNG it looks like he brought Bob Wheeler with him. At a TNG panel on last week’s Star Trek: The Cruise, Spiner confirmed he was returning to the new Night Court to reprise the role.  Spiner’s TNG co-star Wil Wheaton was on the same panel and he followed up saying, “When we were doing Next Generation and I got to sit across the thing from Brent, he would occasionally do Bob Wheeler, just for me. A little performance for me.”

NIGHT COURT — “Wheelers of Fortune” Episode 211 — Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Rauch as Abby Stone, Brent Spiner as Bob Wheeler, Annie O’Donnell as June Wheeler — (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/NBC)

This is the second time this year the new Night Court had a Trek connection. In the episode “Wrath of Comic-Con” John Larroquette’s Dan Fielding cosplayed as a Klingon named Maltz, a nod to his role as Maltz in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

NIGHT COURT — “Wrath of Comic-Con” Episode 205 — Pictured: John Larroquette as Klingon — (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/NBC)

Brent on classic Night Court

This is the first appearance of the Wheelers…

And one of the follow-ups…


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