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TV writer Reinhold Weege dies at 63

Scribe created 'Night Court' and worked on 'MASH,' 'Barney Miller'

Reinhold Weege, creator of the durable 1980s sitcom “Night Court,” died Dec. 1 in La Jolla, Calif. He was 62.

Weege was active as a comedy writer in the 1970s and ’80s, working on such series as “Barney Miller” and “MASH.” He had been retired from the biz for some time but remained a favorite of many scribes.

“Among writers of my generation, he was greatly admired,” comedy vet Ken Levine wrote Friday on his By Ken Levine blog.

Set among the oddball characters working in a Gotham night court, the sitcom “Night Court” was a staple of NBC’s sked from 1984-90. The Warner Bros. TV skein launched the careers of Harry Anderson, who played the good-hearted presiding judge Harry Stone, and John Larroquette, who played unctuous prosecutor Dan Fielding. “Night Court” earned comedy series Emmy bids in 1985, 1987 and 1988. Larroquette won four consecutive Emmy trophies for supporting comedy actor from 1985-88.

“In life there are those who impact us with such force everything changes. Reinhold Weege was that in mine,” Larroquette posted on Twitter. “Weege was that in mine. May he truly rest in peace.”

Weege grew up in the Chicago area and worked as a newspaper reporter before breaking into TV with “Barney Miller.” He earned his first Emmy nom as a member of the “Barney Miller” production team in 1979.

Weege also created the short-lived comedy “Park Place,” which had a four-episode run on CBS in 1981, and he also worked on the “Barney Miller” spinoff “Fish.”

A service for Weege will be held Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood. For more info, email: weege12.16.12@gmail.com

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