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Welcome Back, Kotter's Ron Palillo Dies at 63

Ron Palillo

Ron Palillo, best known as Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter, has died, according to CNN. He was 63.

Palillo died of a heart attack in his Palm Beach, Fla., home, early Tuesday, his agent Scott Stander confirmed.

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Report: Second Masseur Joins Lawsuit Against John Travolta

John Travolta

A second individual has joined the lawsuit against John Travolta that was filed Friday in California, Radar reports. read more

John Travolta Sued for Assault and Sexual Battery; Calls Suit "Complete Fiction"

John Travolta

John Travolta has been sued for assault and sexual battery by a masseur who claims that the actor tried to have sex with him after hiring him for a massage, E! News reports.

The lawsuit, filed in Federal Court and obtained by the website, says that Travolta stripped down in front of the masseur and... read more

Welcome Back, Kotter's Robert Hegyes, Who Played Epstein, Dies

Robert Hegyes, Welcome Back Kotter

Robert Hegyes, best known for playing Juan Epstein on Welcome Back, Kotter, died Thursday from an apparent heart attack, The Star-Ledger reports. He was 60.

A New Jersey native, Hegyes studied speech and theater at Rowan University (where he taught later in his career) before finding stage work in New York both on and off Broadway.  In 1975, Hegyes was cast on... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Who's In and Who's Out at the TV Land Awards Reunions

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 ...
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Keck's Exclusives: John Travolta To Be a Sweathog Again

Welcome Back Kotter

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... read more

Are Fans Ready for Glee 2.0?

Glee

Imagine Glee without attention hog Rachel Berry, outspoken Kurt or ditzy Brittany. Well, a new crop of McKinley High students may be infiltrating New Directions sooner than you'd think.

Less than halfway through its sophomore season, series co-creator Ryan Murphy is already looking to the future of the popular musical comedy. He says he plans to replace the current cast with new actors once their characters graduate at the end of 2012.

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"Every year we're going to... read more

Ooh-ooh-ooh! "Horshack" Talks Up the Kotter DVD

Ron Palillo (second from left) in Welcome Back, Kotter

From Mr. Peepers to Mr. Cooper, classrooms and comedy comprise a favorite TV pairing, but no show combined the two with its era better than Welcome Back, Kotter. From floppy hats and bell-bottoms to the slightly stoned-out look on the students' faces, Kotter became the 1970s for most kids. Products such as lunch boxes, board games and dolls (including a perfectly coifed John Travolta) solidified the iconic stature of the series and its cast. Ron Palillo, who played lovable schnook Horshack, took some time to raise his hand (with a quick, "Ooh-ooh-ooh!") and answer a few questions about Kotter's new Season 1 DVD (available now; read more

DVD Pick of the Week: June 12, 2007

Deadwood Season 3 courtesy of HBO Home Video

June is shaping up to be a great month for TV-on-DVD releases. June 5th was packed with releases, and June 12th, while offering less than on the 5th, has some great sets as well.Comedy fans have lots to choose from; Welcome Back, Kotter season 1, What's Happening Now! season 1, Doc Martin series 1, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List season 1, Mile High season 2 (available in two volumes), and Trapped in TV Guide season 1 are being released on the 12th.Fox is releasing The Practice volume 1, which contains 13 episodes on 4 discs, plus a featurette, "Setting up The Practice." MGM has The Rat Patrol season 2, and CBS Home Video is releasing Walker, Texas Ranger Season 3, and the second season of Diagnosis Murder.My pick of the week comes from HBO - Deadwood season 3, the final season of David Milch's wild west series. This is definitely mature viewing, but it's a great series. The DVD set includes 4 commentary tracks with David Milch, Executive Producer Gregg Fienberg, Writer Mark Ti... read more

KAPLAN OK'S KOTTER

Responding to the news that a big-screen version of Welcome Back, Kotter is in the works — with Ice Cube in the title role and the locale switched to South Central L.A. — Gabe Kaplan told Access Hollywood, "It's totally acceptable. I think it could work and I think [Ice Cube] is the perfect guy." Asked to flesh out the cast, Kaplan suggested "Snoop Dogg will play Horshack and Vanilla Ice would play Barbarino." read more

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Premiered: September 09, 1975, on ABC
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Premise: An Emmy-nominated hit about a high-school teacher who returns to his Brooklyn alma mater, James Buchanan High, and is saddled with a class of misfits known as the Sweathogs. The series was based on the real-life experiences and stand-up of Gabe Kaplan, who was the show's cocreator. The theme song, written and performed by John Sebastian, topped the charts in 1976. The series was a star-making vehicle for John Travolta, who, during its run, did `Saturday Night Fever' and `Grease.'

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