*This year’s TV Land Awards, airing April 17, took place in New York City Sunday night with the casts of “Family Ties,” “The Facts of Life,” “The Cosby Show” and “Welcome Back, Kotter” reuniting for a near full house, reports TV Guide.
Lisa Bonet (now known as Lilakoi Moon), as usual, was the lone absent Cosby kid, 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.”
Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, meanwhile, joined his fellow “Kotter” cast – including, for the first time, John Travolta, who played Vinnie Barbarino.
“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.
Tootie, a.k.a. Kim Fields, was on hand for the reunion of NBC’s “The Facts of Life.” Nancy McKeon (Jo), the one holdout from ABC’s 2001 reunion movie, was 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.