Michael J. Fox, Michael Weithorn and Meredith Baxter
Last year, Kate Jackson refused to join her fellow Charlie's Angels at the TV Land Awards' tribute to Farrah Fawcett. But this year's ceremony — airing April 17 and reuniting the casts of Family Ties, The Facts of Life, The Cosby Show and Welcome Back, Kotter — is shaping up to be a near full house.
After three decades of attempts, the Sweathogs will welcome back Vinnie Barbarino, aka John Travolta. "It's been very tough trying to get the whole band back together," says Robert Hegyes (Epstein), who named John godfather to his kids but hasn't seen Gabe Kaplan (Kotter) in years.
The Facts of Life's Nancy McKeon (Jo), the one holdout from ABC's 2001 reunion movie, will be on hand to help honor Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett), who turns 85 this month. "We all thought it would be really nice to do this — she's the show's heart and soul," says Nancy, who recurs as Demi Lovato's mom on Disney Channel's Sonny With a Chance. Another bonus: getting to reconnect with her former boyfriend Michael J. Fox, with whom she's "remained great friends."
Michael is attending the Family Ties gathering, which will be minus troubled youngest Keaton Brian Bonsall (Andy), who has had several scrapes with the law. "I believe the last time I spoke with him was the wrap party," recalls Michael Gross (Steven). "It's one of those things where I wouldn't know where to begin." And Lisa Bonet (now known as Lilakoi Moon) is holding firm to her Cosby Show boycott two decades after being fired from the series. "Lisa has always danced to the beat of her own drummer, which has worked for and against her," says Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Theo), who is releasing his third CD and appears this October in the new BET sitcom Reed Between the Lines. He recalls Bonet showing up for a mini reunion with him, Tempestt Bledsoe (Vanessa) and Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy) for a Nickelodeon Favorite Huxtable contest a few years back. "It was very surprising."
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