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Whelchel played spoiled rich girl Blair Warner for all nine seasons of The Facts of Life, while Aniston played spoiled rich girl Rachel Green for all 10 seasons of Friends. Aniston may in fact (of life) be overqualified for this role. Brrr! It's cold in here! There must be some Tootie in the atmosphere! Fields skated to stardom as the youngest of Mrs. Garrett's girls, Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey, in 1979, while Union cheered her way to icon status in 2000's Bring It On.
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Who swore on live TV? Who kept laughing? What you missed from ABC’s ‘Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ reenactments.

At the beginning of ABC’s latest “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special on Tuesday night, in which celebrities reenacted episodes of classic sitcoms, executive producer and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel offered a reminder for the audience: “The show is live,” he said. “If it goes off the rails, it goes off the rails.”
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Kevin Hart and cast surprises rescue 'Facts of Life' and 'Diff'rent Strokes' revival

First, an admission: I've never been a huge fan of Jimmy Kimmel's Live In Front of a Studio Audience specials. The late night host's idea – redoing classic Norman Lear sitcom episodes live with modern stars – is wonderful. But in practice, past outings featuring Woody Harrelson as All in the Family's Archie Bunker, Jamie Foxx as George Jefferson from The Jeffersons and Jay Pharoah as J.J. in Good Times never felt right to me.
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ABC's Facts of Life Live Begins With OG Cast Reunion — Grade Reenactment

The first half of Tuesday’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience transported audiences to Eastland Academy in Peekskill, N.Y., where a star-studded ensemble — led by Friends‘ Jennifer Aniston and WandaVision‘s Kathryn Hahn — recreated a classic episode of the 1980s comedy The Facts of Life. But before the reenactment got underway, original series star Lisa Whelchel (aka Blair Warner) entered in her Eastland uniform to perform the series’ iconic theme song, which culminated in an all-too-brief reunion with former costars Mindy Cohn (Natalie Green) and Kim Fields (Tootie Ramsey). (Nancy McKeon, who originated the role of Jo Polniaczek, did not...
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EW.com

The Facts of Life original cast members reunite on Live in Front of a Studio Audience

It takes a lot to get 'em right, when you're learning the facts of life... By now, original The Facts of Life cast members Lisa Whelchel, Mindy Cohn, and Kim Fields have mastered learning the facts of life. But they stopped by ABC special Live in Front of a Studio Audience to impart some of that wisdom to new cast members bringing their beloved 1980s sitcom to life.
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Parade

Find Out Which of Your Favorite Stars Are Appearing in Tonight's The Facts of Life: Live in Front of a Studio Audience—And Who the Surprise Guests Are!

You take the good, you take the great, you take the A-list and there you have… the Facts of Life live cast! On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Jimmy Kimmel and legendary sitcom creator Norman Lear are bringing back their live re-creations of classic TV episodes, this time with episodes of the oh-so-’80s sitcoms Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life airing 8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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Jon Stewart cast in mystery role on ‘Facts Of Life’ live with Jennifer Aniston

You take the good, you take the bad — and you take the totally unexpected. In a bizarre cameo for the ages, “Daily Show” alumnus Jon Stewart will be playing a “surprise role” on Tuesday’s live “Facts Of Life” revival episode. The program is part of the ABC’s third installment in the nostalgic “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special, produced by Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. EST, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
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Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart star in ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ special: How to watch ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ and stream for free

TV is taking a trip back in time this week, with the recreation of ‘80s sitcoms “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes” airing on ABC. You can also watch it on FuboTV (7-day free trial). “Live in Front of a Studio Audience”: “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes”...
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Ratings: ABC’s ‘Facts of Life’/‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Sheds 1 Million Viewers From Last ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’

Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” returned Tuesday with the third iteration of ABC’s sitcom-reenactment special, featuring episodes of “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.” From 8-9:30 p.m., the special drew an average of 4.6 million viewers. That’s down from the 5.8 million viewers that tuned in for the December 2019 version.
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Vulture

Norman Lear on Reintroducing the Classics

Like most Gen-Xers, Jimmy Kimmel was introduced to the world of Norman Lear — and sitcoms in general — courtesy of local afternoon TV. Before Nick at Nite and TV Land launched in the 1980s, Kimmel says, “I remember coming home from school and watching these shows in syndication back-to-back on Channel 5 Las Vegas. It was just part of my day. I’d come home from school, and I had a very busy schedule of TV shows to watch.”
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