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'TGIF' Stars: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 12th 2010 4:00PM
TGIFOscar winners George Clooney and Mel Gibson (in 'Baby Talk' and 'Complete Savages') ... 'Friends' star Matthew Perry (in 'Home Free') .... 'Chuck' leading man Zachary Levi (in 'Less Than Perfect') ... they were all adult members of ABC's "TGIF" lineup of Friday night family sitcoms.

But what we remember most from those Friday nights in front of the tube? The younger cast members -- Urkel, the Tanner kiddies, the Mowry twins. They kept us tuning in season after season (the block ran on ABC from 1988-2000 and 2003-2005), and what has inspired this look at where the real stars, the TGIF kids, are now ...
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The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

Rob Morrow

Then:
For Rob Morrow, 'Northern Exposure' was a blessing and curse. The former little known actor wasn't thrilled to be on a hit show and chaffed at the commitment to a long series run. His character, Joel Fleischman was a fish-out-of-water New York doctor stuck in Cicely, Alaska, until he worked off his college debt. Morrow was written out of 'Northern Exposure' in season 5.

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

Rob Morrow

Now:
Years later, Morrow was happy to be back in a CBS drama, 'Numb3rs,' which ended in March 2010. This fall, he will be starring in ABC's new legal series 'The Whole Truth.' On film, he appeared in 'Quiz Show' and 'The Bucket List.'

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

Janine Turner

Then:
Prior to 'Northern Exposure,' Janine had done some modeling, some TV and even a small role on 'General Hospital.' She made her breakthrough on the show as bush pilot Maggie O'Connell, who had a love-hate relationship with Morrow's character.

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

Janine Turner

Now:
Since the show ended, she's done a few series, including 'Strong Medicine' and 'Friday Night Lights.' On screen, she was June Cleaver in 'Leave It to Beaver, and one of the ladies in 'Dr. T and the Women.' For a short time, Janine was also the spokesperson for the medication, restatsis.

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

John Corbett

Then:
As ex-con-turned-DJ Chris Stevens, aka the voice of Cicely, John Corbett made a name for himself after appearing in the second episode -- and most every show after that.

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

John Corbett

Now:
He went on to do a bunch of TV shows after 'Northern Exposure,' most notably 'Sex & the City,' as Carrie's beau Aidan, a role he reprised in the 2010 movie 'Sex & the City 2.' He was also Nia Vardalos' love in 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding.' Corbett also had sci-fi show, 'The Vistor,' a dramedy, 'Lucky,' and he has just wrapped the second season of the award-winning comedy, 'The United States of Tara.'

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

Adam Arkin

Then:
As the genius chef and anti-social mountain man, Adam Arkin's Adam appeared in 10 episodes and was an Emmy nominee for his performance.

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

Adam Arkin

Now:
Arkin's done many shows, including starring in 'Chicago Hope' and more currently, 'Sons of Anarchy.' His other credits include 'Life,' The West Wing' and '8 Simple Rules.' Lately, he's also been busy as a TV director, including episodes of 'Justified,' 'The Closer,' 'Monk' and 'Grey's Anatomy.'

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

Paul Provenza

Then:
In the last year of 'Northern Exposure,' Paul Provenza appeared as Dr. Fleischman's replacement, Dr. Capra.

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

Paul Provenza

Now:
He's done numerous episodes of TV shows, but has been drifting behind the scenes as a filmmaker. He created the independent documentary 'The Aristocrats,' and currently, he is the executive producer of the Showtime series, 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza.'

The Stars of Northern Exposure: Then and Now

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bsjustinbieber

hey

March 12 2011 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
selinabullard20

i think it bad.

March 12 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter

please i also need a girl lover. how can i contact you.

August 22 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben

It's interesting to look back on where the stars are now I knew Danielle was host of The Dish as I watch that every week she does a good host I know she did Trya's talk show a few times with So What with the ladies a few years back.

August 15 2010 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben

Danielle Fishel is pretty & beautiful I like her on the Dish she's a good host on the show.

August 15 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lolabull

Rider Strong made a short film supporting Obama? Putz. Thanks for helping F-up the country doucher.

August 15 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lamont Stewart

I watched those shows from when I was 7 or 8 to when I was 20 in 2000.

August 15 2010 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mustlovedogs929

I miss TGIF!!! Now its all dumb murder/crime shows. I miss all the family shows!!

August 15 2010 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tamilynn38

Jaimee Foxworth disappearance on family matters was so stupid. I directors/producers were sos tupid to just drop her like that and not no reason ever given was so stupid

August 15 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara

Wouldn't it be wonderful for our young people if we had similar programs for them now rather than the violence and sex that permeates the screen. Wake up, Hollywood. You are corrupting our moral values and destroying our family values. I remember with fondness sitting by the fire with my children on Friday nights, popping corn and watching the Brady Bunch. And so do they. What kind of memories are we creating our young people today?

August 15 2010 at 9:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Ben

There still a lot of family show on TV today so what that there is sex & voilence it has always been on TV. TV is no worse than what it was 10 or 20 years ago and that is a fact. Parents are the one to teach moral values & family values not Hollywood which isn't corrupting anything as you have claim which is a lie.

August 15 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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