Covering the In2TV launch party
The event took place at the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills. Gabe Kaplan took the stage, made a few jokes about the new Welcome Back, Kotter movie and showed off the In2TV concept. He was a good sport and even brought out a paper airplane to put on his head, joking that it didn't stick as well as it used to (aw, Gabe, you're thin on top but we still love you.) He introduced George Lopez who gave a heartfelt tribute to Freddie Prinze, showing clips of the comic's career and snippets of episodes from Chico and the Man. Somehow, in George's speech, he managed to reference the fact that he has one kidney and his wife gave it to him (is there anyone who hasn't heard this story yet?) He announced the In2TV Influencer Award and handed the strangely shaped trophy to Freddie Prinze Jr. Freddie made a brief speech, then Jose Feliciano was brought to the stage to play the Chico and the Man theme (with just a bit of "Light My Fire" thrown in). The crowd was full of old favorites from the TV days of long ago. After the jump, a few familiar faces.
Alan Thicke takes in the scene.
Freddie Prinze Jr. at the podium.
Looking good, Lyle Waggoner.
David Carradine is a good sport; he even tried on his old Kung Fu jacket, which was on display.
Jose Feliciano sings.
Marcia Strassman, otherwise known as Mrs. Kotter.
Robert Hegyes, Epstein on Welcome Back, Kotter.
Gabe Kaplan, sans afro.