Reinhold Weege, creator of the hit 1980s sitcom Night Court, has died, a spokesperson for the family tells The Hollywood Reporter. Weege was 62.
Bonnie Covelli, his former assistant, told the publication that Weege died of natural causes at his home in La Jolla, California. Weege would have turned 63 on December 23.
Weege was a writer for several other notable TV shows, including Barney Miller and TV classic M*A*S*H. He was best known for writing Night Court, which he created following his work on Barney Miller. Weege is credited as a writer on over half of the show’s 193 episodes.
Night Court first aired on NBC in 1984, and starred a young Harry Anderson as the eccentric night-shift judge Harry Stone with John Larroquette playing the role of Dan Fielding, the show’s boorish prosecuting attorney. The show remained on the air until 1992, when it ended on its seventh season.
“We do great jokes,” Larroquette said of “Night Court” in a 1988 Times interview (via LA Times). “The show may not be in any way intellectual and we don’t make any pretense of dealing with issues that are impossible to address or solve in the sitcom format…. But if you just want to forget it all for a minute and laugh at pies in the face and pants around the ankles, that’s what we do very well.”
Night Court was nominated for an Emmy on many occasions, and won the award seven times. Weege was first nominated for an Emmy in 1979 for his work on Barney Miller.
Weege is survived by his ex-wife, Shelley, two daughters, and one granddaughter. A memorial service will be held in the Hollywood Hills on December 16.