But before the re-enactment began, original actor Todd Bridges (aka Willis Jackson) entered Drummond’s recreated penthouse to introduce Boyz II Men, who performed the series’ iconic theme song. He also paid tribute to his late co-stars.
“It’s hard to believe I walked through these doors 43 years ago when I had hair,” said Bridges. “Now, in 1978, Different shots premiered and aired for eight seasons – which at the time meant 169 television episodes – starring… the late Conrad Bain, Dana Plato, Charlotte Rae and Gary Coleman. Now I know if my family were here they would be just as proud as I am here celebrating Different shots and Facts of life. »
Tuesday’s presentation – a recreation of the Season 1 episode “Willis’ Privacy,” in which Willis gets tired of having “Super Arnold” around him all the time – starred Kevin Hart as Arnold; John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) as Phillip; Damon Wayans (My wife and children) as Willis; and Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mrs. Garrett – a role she also played in the previous reenactment of Facts of life.
Snoop Dogg, whose cast had not been announced before, played Willis’ friend Vernon.
The legendary Norman Lear – whose original series Embassy Television produced Different shots and Facts of life – was host and executive producer, alongside Jimmy Kimmel. Addressing the decision to cast Actors of a Certain Age to fill pint-sized roles, Lear production partner Brent Miller told TVLine, “It started with Jimmy. [Kimmel] and his desire to see Kevin Hart play Arnold Jackson, the role of Gary Coleman…. At the time, I did not know: will he want to cast Everybody old man, or is he just going to have the joke Kevin? But as we started to talk about it, it made sense to be consistent with this conceit of old people playing kids. “
Lear added: “I enjoyed [the table reads] as if I had never spent a day in show business.
The inauguration Live in front of a studio audience special aired in May 2019, and recreated episodes of All in the family and The Jeffersons. This was followed by a second part in December 2019, with a new reconstitution of All in the family and a classic episode of Good time. A fourth installment has not yet been announced.
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