After years of sending his regrets, John Travolta has finally agreed to reunite with his fellow Sweathogs for a Welcome Back, Kotter 35th anniversary reunion at April's TV Land Awards. (Perhaps Tom Hanks reconnecting with his former Bosom Buddies costars at last year's show had a little something to do with convincing him!)
Good for Travolta for hopping on board, considering he never would have landed Grease and Saturday Night Fever were it not for his breakout role as Vinnie Ba-ba-ba Ba-Barbarino, who never had a problem scoring dates!
But the reunion is still minus one Sweathog and the big-mustachioed teacher himself. As of now, only Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington), Ron Palillo (Arnold Horseshack) and Marcia Strassman (Mrs. 'Kot-tear') have rsvp'd yes. C'mon, Robert Hegyes and Gabe Kaplan. It won't be a true reunion without Juan Epstein and the joke-cracking Mr. K. (Perhaps Epstein, like the good old days, has a creative excuse for being absent.) Fortunately, TV Land assures me more cast members from the 1975-1979 sitcom will soon be announced.
This is shaping up to be the biggest and best TV Land Awards ever, with Family Ties and The Cosby Show cast reunions also planned. The show tapes April 10 and will air on TV Land Sunday, April 17 at 9 p.m.
And to anyone who doesn't show for this once-in-a-lifetime reunion, I say, "Up your nose with a rubber hose!" I still haven't forgiven Kate Jackson for skipping last year's Charlie's Angels reunion. But I'm working through it.