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"I think it's a little overdue, but thank you very much," said Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, who played Freddie 'Boom-Boom' Washington. "Thank you for the award. Thank you for honoring us and the legacy."
Series co-creator and star Gabe Kaplan talked about how the show was largely inspired by his own upbringing and particularly his multicultural group of friends.
"I've waited thirty-five years to thank this man," Travolta said, gesturing to Kaplan. "I never got to publicly thank Gabe for his genius, his putting us on the map. You know, we all wouldn't be here today without Gabe."
The 'Welcome Back, Kotter' star has RSVP'd yes to the show's 35th reunion, which is scheduled to be held at the TV Land Awards in April, TV Guide reports. Although Travolta's the most famous James Buchanan High alum to say he'll attend, there's still a major piece of the cast who still hasn't signed on: Kotter himself.
Gabe Kaplan has not yet sent his response, according to TV Guide. However, TV Land assured the publication that more cast members will be announced soon.
To salute those inspiring educators -- both real and fake -- we asked real-life teachers to tell us what TV teachers they hold close to their hearts.
From Mr. Kotter on 'Welcome Back, Kotter' to Mr. Feeny on 'Boy Meets World,' read on to find out which characters have left a lasting mark on the molders of today's youth.
Our list of the best shows of the '70s features many of the best shows of all time (here's looking at you, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'M*A*S*H' and 'Taxi'). Take a gander and let us know if you agree.
Of course, that isn't always the case. Teachers can also be awful monsters whom we never forget for their ability to patronize, degrade, or humiliate us, often leaving one wondering if the man or woman in question took the job merely to torture students. This, naturally, can lead a kid to fantasize about how cool it would be to fall under the instruction of one of the following actors who, despite likely not possessing any type of teaching certification in real life, would probably be a blast to spend 40-or-so minutes on a daily basis.
The bad news? Summer's almost over and it's nearly time for school again.
The good news? We've got just the thing to ease you into back-to-school mode: Our countdown of TV's 21 best school shows ever.
So sharpen your No. 2 pencil and dive in to see which series just make the grade and which ones are at the top of the class.
"What is this channel that plays all these old shows I remember as a kid?" I asked the TV Gods.
"It's AmericanLife," they replied. "They feature classic family shows aimed at Baby Boomers -- shows like Remington Steele, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Lost in Space, and Welcome Back, Kotter."
Ok, the TV Gods didn't really say that. I looked it up on the AmericanLife Web site, not to be confused with Showtime's This American Life, the fab documentary series hosted by Ira Glass.
People who say "hey, whatever happened to Gabe Kaplan?" obviously don't watch poker on television. He's been a player and commentator on the tour for quite some time now. He doesn't act, but he is getting back into stand-up comedy.
He's also a writer. He has a new book out, Kotter's Back: E-mails From A Faded Celebrity To A Bewildered World. It's a series of humorous e-mails to various people about supposedly great ideas that Kaplan has to get back into the public eye. Stuff like writing a memoir about his sex life or starting a gambling camp for kids.
Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.
- Deadwood - Season 3
- Diagnosis Murder - Season 2
- Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Season 2
- Jesse Stone: Night Passage and Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise
- Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List - Season 1
- Masters of Horror - The Screwfly Solution
- The Office - Season 1 and Season 2 set
- The Practice - Vol. 1
- The Rat Patrol - Season 2
- Red Shoe Diaries - Season 1 Limited Edition
- Walker, Texas Ranger - Season 3
- Welcome Back, Kotter - Season 1
- What's Happening Now - Season 1
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Kaplan said that Cube is a great choice for the role. "He has shown what kind of crossover appeal he has," he told the program.
Of course, Kaplan probably couldn't care less about a Kotter remake, since he's been busy playing professional poker for the last couple of decades. But he could not have said a word, or even refused to talk about it. So Cube and company should be happy with Kaplan's endorsement.
Although, to be honest, I don't even think Ice Cube will ever have a better 'fro than Gabe did. Gabe wins the hair war, hands down.
Yesterday, Keith McDuffee made a great post about his preview of AOL's new online television goldmine, In2TV. The site has gone live to the public today, with plenty of your old favorites ready for streaming. It's completely free (ad-supported) and these shows aren't going to watch themselves, so what are you waiting for? Now, if you will excuse me, I need to start my Freakazoid marathon.
Anyway. Ice Cube has signed on to play the lead role in the movie, as well as produce it. He'll be the teacher who returns to his old, inner-city school to help rough kids get an education. I wonder if John Travolta will do a cameo?
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